Saturday, September 3, 2011

My urban garden...Early Spring update.

Well, lets just say there has been drama in the garden. My tall peas collapsed because I ran out of trellis - who would've thought they got that tall? I mean, seriously. It is disappointing has the flowers have been prolific but collapsed peas don't do very well at all.

The broadbeans in the shaded garden didn't do as well as I had hoped, so I cut my losses and just dig them in - if they won't flower, they can be green manure.

The romanescos that I was so excited about started off well, but for some reason they seem to bolt - like all the other cabbages. I'm thinking it has to do with the sandy soil and/or lack of sun?? But frankly, I don't know. All I know is to not repeat what I did this year - so next year, in goes the brassicas in heavier soil, with the sunniest spot I can find.

Where there are failures, there is optimism. I figured I can grow carrots where there is a little bit of space. They don't need much horizontal space...just deep soft soil. So here, is my one success. Yes that's all you get.

Well, for the official start of spring, I've ripped out all the brassicas, cleared a space in amongst the nasty rose bushes (I have battle scars), bought a few wine barrels and got a damn lot of cow shit delivered. I am determined to get summer plantings right this year.

I've started a lot of plants in my little propagator which I bought online. Eggplants, tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers, some herbs, and a lot of alpine strawberries have been systematically started since mid July.

I am ambitious this year, the list of varieties of plants and vegetables is incredible. I don't have space for many plants, but I'm determined to try one or two of else will I ever know what works and what doesn't?

To be continued....

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