Spring has certainly sprung in the garden. My winter vegetables are rapidly finishing and I am cleaning up and making room for the spring and summer vegetables. My spring seeds are starting to emerge in their tiny biodegradable pots.
I suspect tomatoes are something every gardener wants to grow successfully. Previously I have had seasons of tomato abundance as well as seasons that have been quite disappointing. It is that time of the year again and this season I am spreading my risk by raising heirloom seeds as well as planting out store bought seedlings. The seedlings have been planted quite deeply with only the tops of the leaves poking through the soil. I have read that this technique makes the plant stronger and helps to develop more roots.
The gardening engineer has also developed a clever combined trellis and shade structure to protect the crop from our fierce summer heat. Thanks Terry. The mystery and challenge of the perfect tomato crop continues!
In our patch we have dedicated a whole bed to flowers. This is partly to keep the bees happy and partly just for fun. We are enjoying daffodils, freesias and borage as we wait for sunflowers, cosmos and black cumin.
Fruit trees developing beautiful blossom.
New asparagus spears poking through the soil.
The bees getting very busy in the broccoli flowers.
Mulching with recycled hay from our stock yards.
All vegetables are receiving a fortnightly dose of liquid seaweed solution.
|a serious load of mulch|
|broccoli bits after picking the main head|
What are you up to in your patch at the moment?