Tuesday, 22 May 12 Sunny 27°C / 81°F
The summer has started, since last saturday temperatures finally reached 20 °C and up. How we’ve been looking forward to that! And after all the busy garden work I finally find the time again to write something in my journal…
Much has been going on, lots of seeds have been sprouting and the plants have gone into the ground, the tomatoes and peppers have been planted outside, just like all the other frost tender crops which I’ve been holding in the greenhouse for now.
And my garden is under attack: birds keep taking the onion seedlings out of the ground, slugs have eaten all my newly plante iceberg lettuce and aphids are creating havoc in my greenhouse. My fellow gardeners are advising me to spray pesticides but in my first year I’d like to learn as much as possible about ‘the natural way’ of things, so I’ll definitely not resort to the use of chemicals. I did cover more crops with nets against the birds and I’ve been busy collecting ladybugs and released them in the greenhouse. Hopefully they’ll find the aphids very appetizing….
I’ve also started a couple of interesting trials: I started a 3-sisters plot with Sugar mais, a climbing bean and pumpkins to cover the ground. The beans are nowhere to be seen yet but the maize and the pumpkin are growing well…
Then there’s the Ianto’s polyculture trial. It consists of growing all kind of crops intermixed, the crops can be harvested at different moments in time. There’s Radishes, several kinds of Lettuce, Marigolds, Dill, some beans and some cabbages.. So far the cabbages are growing nicely and the seeds are slowly coming up. Everyday this plot gets a little greener….
And then I finally managed to get hold of some Goumi plants (Eleagnus Mulfiflora) this is a nitrogen fixing shrub with edible berries… Supposed to be a very good companion plant with fruit trees. The Goumi’s are still very small now but I’m so looking forward to how it will all develop and grow!
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