Getting ready for Spring
All you need is a bright spot next to a window which gets plenty of sun and you have the beginnings of a summer full of fresh home grown produce. You don't need too much space, our seedlings are growing on shelves in our spare room.
For these, we've simply put store bought packet seeds into regular potting mix and watered lightly every 2-3 days. The poppies on the right have been growing for about 3-4 weeks and the nugget pumpkin up the back about 14 days. If you don't have a big veggie patch, don't be tempted to plant more than 5-6 seeds. We planted whole packets last year and found that we were so successful growing, that we ran out of room really quickly. Plants like zucchini, pumpkins and tomatoes are big plants and need plenty of room to grow.
For those in apartments or have small gardens, do at least attempt a herb garden. Any meal can be spruced up with fresh herbs. We have parsley, coriander, basil, rosemary, sage and thyme growing in our garden and all have proved invaluable.
This year we are also attempting potatoes. These seed potatoes are in a shady spot outside, growing shoots ready for planting. It's advised not to use supermarket potatoes as these may have disease or be genetically modified. These seed potatoes were bought online for about $3 a kilo. In about 2 weeks when they have healthy shoots, they will be planted in hessian sacks full of rich soil.
This is our garden bed, which was a major draw card when we first saw this inner city property. About two weeks ago it was cleared of last years plants, enriched with manure and mulched in preparation for all the lovely seedlings. Some sunflower seeds have already been planted and are starting to shoot and we have some healthy lavender in situ. These are important for attracting bee's who become your pollinating friends. Fingers crossed, this should be a bumper year.
24/8/2013 07:44:05 pm
Best of luck although I'm sure that you don't need it :) You're the first home gardener that I've seen grow potatoes!
25/8/2013 10:12:41 am
Thanks, you're very kind. Fingers crossed!
25/8/2013 10:11:38 am
So nice to meet a fellow Corrie - we are a rare breed, wonder where we stand on pronunciation. I agree on the choice to grow potatoes - I'm growing kipfler because they are a favourite, though generally pricier in the shops
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