Week 8.

 

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So this week our mower and snipper – together, broke down. Nevertheless, first world problems, right? Onto the gardening…

A week of exciting changes as more and more of the tomatoes begin to fruit. Mainly the small pear and small roma tomatoes, but I did see one black russian in there…

I saved these little button squash seedlings. I just couldn’t stand to see them unloved and so cramped in their container. This is another ‘direct sow’ seed for next year I’ve realised. The transplanting is fairly traumatic for them and it takes ages (like a good 3-4 weeks) for them to put their roots down and begin to grow.

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Messy.

That’s all I can say.

The mini Roma tomatoes have shot up. I took my eye off them for only a week, and now they need bigger stakes and new ties. Realising that tomatoes are definitely the most time consuming of all of the vegies I’ve got in. Note to self: Plant tomatoes further apart, and have only one tomato per stake… also, ensure you trim them regularly otherwise the suckers get out of control!

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I found these great biodegradable ties. HEAPS better than string.

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My rare herb seeds arrived today too! Can’t wait to plant them. Not quite sure how to harvest and utilise them yet, but I’ll learn that when I need to. Just in time vs just in case 😉

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My dogs obviously think that these seedlings taste delicious. The organic matter in the seed raising mix was way to irresistible. Nose marks in my kale! Lucky it was time to plant them out anyway…

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 20151122_132058Kale ready to be planted out in the garden bed. I’m keeping a few small to keep cutting and eating the leaves when they are smaller and just keep producing. I’ll leave one punnet to grow larger for use with dinner and baking kale pies etc.

 

 

 

Lessons:

  1. Plant tomatoes further apart, and have only one tomato per stake… also, ensure you trim them regularly otherwise the suckers get out of control!
  2. Put a big stake in first. Like, if you’re tomatoes are going to grow to 1.7m, put that stake in at the start vs having to upsize!
  3. Four point is yet again the best position for your neck and lower back when planting or weeding.

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