Belladonna Bess

An edible garden in Wellington, NZ

Dry April 17, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — belladonnabess @ 9:49 pm

Last week’s post, for some reason I forgot to actually put this up and it stayed draft.

Watering: there’s been the odd bit of rain, but when I try to dig into the soil it is bone dry and too hard to do anything with. I made a fair few trips with the watering can.

Planting: leeks (my neighbour gave me some seedlings she had leftover), coriander, a viola with a different colour flower.

Preparing: I ripped out the old Zephyr zucchinis, which were finished, and spread coffee grounds and sheep manure pellets before covering with newspaper, pea straw and plastic mesh. I’ll plant some more brassicas there later.

Eating: cucumber, cabbage, silverbeet, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, shallots (both stored), strawberries, raspberries.

Buying: a kit for growing oyster mushrooms. With any luck, I should have some to eat in about 3 weeks.

Comparing: last year, when my zucchinis finished I went on to eating broccoli, but my brassicas have been slower this year and are another couple of months away at least. Possibly I haven’t been watering the garden enough, and they all have grey cabbage aphids. This is the worst I’ve seen them, in previous years I remember them in spring but not autumn.

Worrying: my silverhill mandarin has been looking miserable almost since I planted it, and I noticed the rootstock sprouting today. I pulled off the shoots, but it really isn’t doing too well.

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