My vegetable garden is in at last.
The seedlings are still recovering from the shock of being transplanted, of going from dry, hot, cramped conditions to damp, coolness and space to spread.
In Bed 1, we have the fruiting heavy feeders: three kinds of tomato, two kinds of capsicums, a rhubarb crown and 6 strawberries.
In Bed 2, we have the light feeders: mixed lettuce, chinese cabbage, bok choi, rocket and spinach
In Bed 3, we have the nitrogen fixers and a couple of wild cards: sugar snap peas, butter beans and green beans, a sweet potato, some beetroot and 2 zucchini.
I concede that I may have gone a little mad with the tomatoes, but why else do I have a pressure canner, if not to bottle vast quantities of tomato sauce? And speaking of the pressure canner, with it I could also bottle the beetroot, beans, strawberries and capsicums, if I wasn’t already sure they’ll get eaten pretty quickly! Only 2 zucchini plants means that we won’t get inundated with giant marrow sized zucchini, and I can pick the flowers and the baby veg as I go. The sweet potato is a just because. I won’t get much of a crop in terms of tubers, but you can eat the young leaves like spinach too. And I can’t do without a decent rhubarb crown. It’s one of my favourites, and the combination of rhubarb with strawberry in a nice shortcrust pastry pie is divine. And of course rhubarb and custard, rhubarb fool, rhubarb jam, rhubarb crumble…
The worm farm is going to see a lot more action than before. They’ll get wilted leaves, spent plants, the trimmings from our vegies, etc. In return, we’ll be getting quantities of black gold, aka worm tea, full of yummy stuff that the little vegies will enjoy, and in due course, fine crumbly worm castings to add to the soil. Worm Hilton will be humming!
And now, I will sit back and apart from a little watering, a little sprinkling of diluted worm tea and some encouraging words, it’s up to them.