The Gardens of Chiconia 18

Screen shot 2014-06-25 at 10.27.42 PMMy seed potatoes are here!

They went into their spud bags this morning, nestling in a rich dark bed of garden soil liberally laced with compost and blood & bone, watered in with worm tea. As soon as the first shoots are a hand’s length high, I’ll be burying them under consecutive layers of compost and sugar cane mulch until the level reaches the top of the bag. That way, the plants will develop the largest possible root system, and hopefully a generous quantity of potatoes.

Screen shot 2014-06-25 at 10.28.32 PMScreen shot 2014-06-25 at 10.28.01 PMAnd my zucchini obligingly produced a female flower bud or two, so in addition to all that futile male floral flamboyance, there will be some zucchini to enjoy. Look at the wee thing. It’s just the tiniest bit rude, isn’t it? Baby green beans are also making an appearance, the first of many, I hope.

Screen shot 2014-06-25 at 10.29.10 PMI’m eyeing the Chinese cabbage hungrily. It doesn’t know it’s doomed to be a nice stir fry one of these days, along with the rapidly maturing bok choi…

No sign of germination yet from the very elderly pumpkin, bean and melon seeds I stuck in pots on a gamble. I suspect they were a bit past it. They get another few days and then I put something else in there.

I must get some seeds going to stick in the gaps when I harvest some of this green loveliness….


11 thoughts on “The Gardens of Chiconia 18

  1. alisonsye says:

    Looking good – and tasty 🙂

  2. tialys says:

    The trouble with those slightly rude plants is, if you turn your back for a moment, those nice tender little edible bits turn into monsters.

  3. All looking good… the rate things are going, those tiny courgettes will be enormous marrows as soon as your back is turned!

    • katechiconi says:

      Which is worrying, as we’re going south for 6 days on Sunday, so by the time I come back, they should be monsters…. Unless they grow fast enough that we can eat them before we go!

  4. Mmmmmmm! I’m hungry for your potatoes already 🙂 Sadly we have far too many slugs in this neck of the woods to grow potatoes.

    • katechiconi says:

      Luckily we don’t seem to have too many of those. Plenty of other pests to enjoy, though! I’m mostly looking forward to the Kipflers in salad, so delicious.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Which one is a little bit rude – the courgette or the green beans?? Or both?!

    • katechiconi says:

      The zucchini’s the rude one, and getting ruder by the day! Sadly it’ll be too small to pick and eat before we go, and quite likely too large by the time we get back…

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