Winter gardening can be a bit boring, as there isn’t much to be done this time of year. Thank goodness for my hydro garden, which is bubbling along beautifully. I love my hydro garden very much! Here’s my hydro 1 at present:
The spinach and kale seem to absolutely thrive in the hydro, and the spinach leaves are each bigger than my hand:
A baby cauliflower is growing, encased in dark and cold coloured leaves. I first noticed the tiny thumb-nail-sized baby on 30 June. Two weeks later and it’s the size of my fist. Since this photo was taken (while about the size of a ping-pong ball) I used some pegs to close the outer leaves around the cauli, protecting the creamy white curd from sunlight, which would otherwise tint the colour with yellow.
There are even two hydro capsicums growing, albeit slowly thanks to the lack of sunshine. They are out of season and still trying their hardest:
If you recall my 3rd hydro (or my 2nd successful hydro) then here the plants are currently doing:
You can see that the chard, with it0s lovely red veins, are ready to be transplanted into my pipe hydro to grow big and pretty.
As for things in the dirt, it’s all moving very slowly. I’ve recently had a closer look at my radishes, which had begun to turn slightly yellow. Unfortunately, a close check at the roots showed me a disgusting infestation of what appear to be aphids or mites:
And a look at the neighbouring peas, which I know aren’t in season but happen to be growing anyway, shows what looks to be red mites:
After looking I felt very creeped out, in the way you do upon seeing someone with head lice, and you can feel your skin crawling with imaginary critters. My poor plants. I’ve tried spraying them with Eucalyptus oil and water, so I will get back to you with how that’s coming along.
On a good note, my beets are coming along nicely. They’re not really in season, but there they are! I have to check them for caterpillars daily, as those critters are persistent!