summertime plants have been cleared and the new cool season seedlings have gone out.
We've had some amazing rain, which has been a huge relief for the plants (and also for me- I was getting sick of all that watering!)
The final list of new plantings is
- peas (3 types, massey gems, snow peas and sugar snaps)
- broccoli (2 different types)
- cabbage (red drumhead and january kings)
- mixed heirloom lettuces
- onions, spring and red onions
- new herbs
I'm already battling a few pests out there. Mountains of slugs, and a few caterpillars are putting holes in the new seedlings. Really hoping I can get those under control before they cause too much of a problem. Will bring out some beer traps and grapefruit halves and see if they help at all.
Unfortunately, just today I discovered a few seedlings gnawed off at the stem. I think it might be a return of the dreaded cutworms, which showed up last year. Those critters are horrible and there's no rescuing a plant once they've had their way with it. I'll be digging around in the dirt to see if I can find the culprits.
|Snow peas 3.5 weeks after planting. They're really starting to climb!|
This past month has seen us harvesting a small crop of early (or late, depending on how you look at it!) strawberries. Loads of pakchoy, which is making its way into green smoothies and stirfries every day, basil and coriander and a few other herbs.
It's one of the hungriest times in the garden, as we wait for the new crops to come in and start producing. Next month should be a different story!
|Collecting strawberry runners off the old plants.|
So what's still left to do?
I've been collecting strawberry runners off the old plants and I still really need to get those out into a new bed. The old strawberry beds and the strawberry gutter need clearing out and replanting as well.
I want to clear out one of the basil beds (I have 2 beds full of basil- yep, we like basil around here!) and replant with some new seedlings.
I'll also be keeping an eye on those weeds as this is the crucial time to stay on top of them, when the plants are small. I don't want anything competing with my plants and it's always easier to keep on top of weeds while they're tiny. Before they become a problem.
And that's a wrap on this month in my garden! Looking forward to seeing what's going on in your veggie patch!
My very first time joining in with Lizzie and all the other great gardeners over at the Garden Share Collective. Lots of lovely gardens over there, make sure you go check them out!
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