I didn’t really have my act together last spring to plant vegies. Well, I planted some tomatoes and basil but nothing else really. This year I’m a bit more organised. I joined the Diggers Club a while ago, which has marvellous and interesting heirloom plants, seeds and trees, and lots of advice. It took me a while to actually decide what I wanted to order from them, because I could spend an absolute fortune on setting up a garden, quite happily.
I tried to raise seedlings from seed and that hasn’t really gone so well; I think the initial spot I had my seedling trays was too hot and the seed raising mix dried out too quickly. A shady spot on the ground next to the laundry door seems to be working well. I’m also trying to propagate some French lavender from our happy lavender bush. Apparently it’s easy…but easy to some is not always easy to everyone! There are also some daisy plants that our lovely next door neighbour propagated and gave to me (most of them died but three have survived!).
|Seeds and cuttings, passionfruit, lime tree|
I planted some Diggers potatoes in one of the empty half wine barrels the previous owners left, and they’re taking off. Our citrus trees seem pretty happy too, and the cripps pink and granny smith apple trees I also got from Diggers are finally starting to look like more than twigs in dirt.
|Cripps Pink apple tree, tub o’ zucchini, minty gardenia type thing that I’ve forgotten the name of|
Yesterday I bought a bunch more seedlings (from Bunnings…though I was delighted to find they stock Diggers tomato seedlings) to kick start the vegie growing. So I’m doing zucchini, four kinds of tomato, spinach and basil. There are carrot and capsicum seeds attempting to sprout; hopefully they do!
|Herb barrel, potato barrel, cat grass (no barrel)|
There’s also a passionfruit vine and a grape vine that will hopefully bear some delicious bounty. Though apparently the local possums have thwarted our neighbour’s attempts to get his passionfruit going.
The cat is not especially interested in any of it except for her cat grass, which she picks over and nibbles like a true connoisseur.