It’s nearly Spring! Spring is arguably the best time of year in the garden – you know, the time before everything is burnt to a crisp and just after the other stuff has drowned. As can be seen above, I’ve had my first successful batch of sweet peas. A few times previously the peas had all just become small shoots before petering off into wispy tiny nothings. Interestingly, I’ve used the same batch of seeds, so I think it was just finding the right soil! Worm castings helps everything! Except Natives.
The chickens have gone from being terrified of me, to now hanging by the back door and calling in for snacks. A lot. And while neither of them will allow me to pick them up so I can take a chicken selfie, they will eat barley from my hands and are super cute. They dug up a lot of the wood chips to expose the sand, for having a dust bath. I enjoy this picture below where Henrietta is lying on her back having a good think about life:
My chard and all of that are going well, the mulberries are starting to bud and the kale is ready for bed. I didn’t grow regular kale, but I saw this picture where the stalk way at least 50cm tall and that shows how useful it is as a cut-and-come-again. Instead, I’ve taken advantage of my greenhouse thingy, and placed a mini greenhouse inside. Then I planted seeds in plastic containers, adding a third greenhouse! And those seeds were planted in July, which seemed ridiculous, given the cold, but the seeds have almost all sprouted, including the tomatoes, chilli and capsicum.
In that pic I have watermelon (yellow, sugar baby and African cucumber), tomatoes (Tiny Tom and Tiger), three types of sunflower, a multicolour batch of capsicum, chilli (black and regular red), a few types of bean, corn, on the tray I have a Amaranth, chia and Rosella, there are some Okra (green and burgundy), there’s a tray of chamomile, and I’m also sprouting trays of wheatgrass and flaxseed for the chickens and humans. Flaxseed, while a disgusting water-only sprouting option, does really well in soil!
All of my root veggies have been a bit of a downer. This is my fault, as I plant seeds to close together and then things don’t grow and suddenly those carrots I planted 3 months ago are taking over the bed. So here’s a carrot – my first ever carrot from seed – and it’s a dud.