It’s time for an update on Project Veggie Garden. It’s been just over a week now since I planted my garden up, and I was so excited yesterday to see that the seeds are sprouting and they’re looking good!! I planted strawberries as well, even transplanting some from another part of the garden. I wasn’t sure how they would go, but they are doing marvellously in their home, so much so that the fruit on them has ripened and ready for picking…yum!
I’m often a bit sceptical when sowing straight from seed because my experience hasn’t always been good in the past. The first year that we planted from seed we had some mixed results, so last year we decided to try using a mini-greenhouse seedling tray arrangement and we did very poorly!! We decided to go back to sowing directly into the prepared veggie beds and so far it looks like it’s the best option for us.
I also planted some basil which is great for companion planting with the tomatoes. Previous to having a veggie patch I had tried to grow basil with dismal results. Whether it’s the tomatoes or the great composted and fertilised soil, or perhaps both, I have had a bumper crop of basil over the last few years and I love using it in cooking and to make pesto with it! I didn’t bother with seeds for this, I just went straight to the good old seedlings.
My goal for this week is to get in and weed the beds a bit as we are starting to see the dreaded weeds come up, along with the beginnings of the pumpkin plants. We have chosen not to grow pumpkins due to the space that you need to grow them in…we just don’t have it and would rather try other things in our space instead.
One of the most exciting parts about having your own veggie garden is picking the produce once it’s ready to go. This morning I got our first batch of strawberries – something that I haven’t been able to do for a LONG time because of the birds getting to them first! It was a very exciting moment, let me tell you!!
How are you going with your veggie patches this year?! Have you got some tips for natural or organic pest control? I’d love to hear your ideas!