Friday, January 14, 2011

Some jobs to do and some of the harvest

Lots of tomatoes

Just got the new Diggers Summer Garden catalogue a few days ago. Just in time to spend my birthday money on stuff for the garden. Since Christmas I have collected 2 blueberry plants, a chervil, a valerian, mixed lettuce seedlings, spring onion seedlings, a Miss Donnington lavender, french tarragon, a Dianthus and society garlic. When it stops raining for a minute I am going to plant them.

When I get my order from Diggers I will have as well some Italian red garlic to plant next month, some rock dust fertilizer (don't know if it's any good, but want to try it out), some Allium drumstick bulbs, some anemones and some ranunculus. Lots of work still to be done and warm and wet weather makes for a lot of weeds. And of course the harvest is very good. Some eggs, beans, zucchinis and tomatoes.
The harvest

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jobs to be done

The no-work garden: Getting the Most Out of Your Garden for the Least Amount of Work by Bob Flowerdew has some good advice on what do in the garden.
The daily routine seems to be
  • watering and weeding,
  • harvesting,
  • daily inspection tour,
  • writing a list of anything that needs urgent attention and tasks coming up,
  • collect and dispose of any litter,
  • dead head and
  • tidy or tie up plants
My list for tomorrow is
  • deal with the powdery mildew on the eggplants,
  • sow some dill seeds,
  • take cutting of rosemary and thyme,
  • plant iris root that I bought at the Red Hill Market
  • harvest beans and zucchinis
  • weed the tomatoes near the chook shed
  • prepare soil in old garlic bed

Corn, beans and zucchinis
Three sisters garden: beans, corn and zuchini