We have had some welcomed rain over the last week, it's so lovely not to have to water and the plants are just loving the rain. I did some gardening last Sunday and I have to say the garden looks really good.
I removed the last of the spent Basil plants (keeping heaps of seed heads to replant, when I am ready) Where the Basil plants were I planted another 2 Red Paw Paw plants (which I raised from seed from bought Paw Paw), I am hoping I have a mixture of Male and Female plants so they can pollenate each other. I noticed that our next door neighbour have an established Paw Paw in their garden, almost in the exact location where I have planted mine. Theirs are fruiting so I am hopeful about getting mine to fruit as well.
I went through and used my home made weed killer on this weed and because of the rain softening the ground I was able to pull out any other nuisance weeds. I turned any exposed soil over, gave it a good feed of dynamic lifter and worm juice from our worm farm and then topped it with a thick layer of sugar cane mulch, ready for planting.
|The last of this seasons sweet Pineapples, I have saved the spiky top to propagate a new Pineapple plant|
I have also planted out some more of the Bellino tomato seeds (saved seeds from bought tomatoes), the ones I planted in January, have gone wild and can't wait to pick our first fruit off these very robust plants. The other fruit I have planted is a very sweet mini capsicum, the seeds are again from bought fruit.
As you can see my garden costs very little to keep going in terms of money and time and I am so grateful when it rains as I have a lot of plants in pots and they dry out quickly.
I am doing a "Introduction to Permaculture" in May this year. I am hoping I can improve my chances of actually getting produce to maturity. In a lot of cases I end up with very little to show for my time as pests and diseases seem to love anything I plant!
|From left- Marigold , Rocket, Sage, Nastursums and Watercress|
|Our self seeded Passionfruit vine has gone nuts|
|The first 2 Red Paw Paw trees have really grown big and strong, I can't wait to see if they fruit. These were also grown from saved seeds|
|This is where I planted the 2 new Red Paw Paw plants, its where the huge Basil plants were. To the left and at the back is a worm tower that hubby put in for me about a month ago.|
|The Perenial Coriander has had lots of little babies, I will pot these on and give them away when they are more established.|
|3 Bellino Tomato bushes grown from saved seeds|
|Very healthy Ginger plants grown from sprouted, shop bought ginger. See how much they have grown from here|
So, tell me, what is growing in your garden at this time of year, in your part of the world?