Even in this hot weather, gardens still need some attention.
Out with the old – in with the new: I’ve pulled out the spent plants and added to the compost. Recycling nutrients to feed new plants is a regular activity here.
Next on the list is to add fresh compost and mulch, seaweed, organic complete fertilisers and rock minerals back into the beds for the next crops, side dressing in some places.
I’ve had some heavy feeders like cucumbers, capsicums and zucchinis all sharing the same space so they’ve also drained the moisture. Trying to keep water up for the hot days has meant extra time in the garden in the morning but worth the effort to keep the food plants producing.
Our 6 passionfruits are loaded with flowers and fruit and they too are needing moisture morning and night. I don’t want them to drop their fruit at this point so lots of love is going into them.
Rhubarb is still growing well although it wilts in the heat of the day. Heavily mulched and heaps of worms are creating beautiful humus around their crowns so they seem to be surviving OK for now even without shadecloth protection yet.
The soil in some of the micro gardens is also ready to be revitalised after several months of use. I make my own potting mix (http://themicrogardener.com/easy-diy-potting-mix-recipe/) and also reuse old mix in the garden to save money (http://themicrogardener.com/frugal-gardening-re-using-old-potting-mix/).