Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Been picking a handful of red ripe strawberries for the boys each day for the last 3-4weeks. Haven't been able to get a photo because they are at them before I can get there! Makes me think I may need to turn one tub into a dedicated strawberry growbed! Cucumbers are going crazy, picking 2-3 a day so far and soon will not be able to keep up eating them. Tomatoes are setting fruit and plenty of them. I am experimenting with pruning and not pruning and seeing which produces more. Corn in the garden has fruited (?) but the ones in the growbed, although very very healthy, are yet to flower. They were put in about 3-4 weeks after the dirt garden one to stagger the crop. My next lot of corn need to be put in also. There has been more lettuce and chard (silverbeet) than any of us can consume and carrots are really taking shape. The beetroot have also formed really well. Capsicum, eggplant and chilli are all setting fruit. Watermelon also setting fruit (yeah - first time in 5 years damn it!). Photos to come.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Have been experimenting with burying banana peels in the growbeds to add potassium to the system. They get buried near the roots and then after about 4 days, all gone. The worms must go crazy on them! So far, it seems to be helping with fruit set and flowering. Will keep the experiment going. No bananas in the old system and definite difference in flowering, particularly with the strawberries.
Phots are strawberry flowers, cucumbers setting fruit and chilli setting fruit.