I recently prepared a 'no dig garden' so that I wouldn't have to dig, obviously. I was, however planning on planting it out.
But look! It planted itself!
A large part of it is full of potatoes that I obviously didn't dig up properly last year. How about that for automatic gardening.
This garden is inside a large netted cube and I really wanted to use it to plant veggies at risk of bird attack. So, I did pull some potatoes out to make room for other things but then I mounded up some soil and lots of straw. I hope they are productive so that they warrant the space they take up. That gap in the middle is going to be a patch of sweet corn. Apparently it goes well with tatties.
I have grown lots of tomatoes from seed this year but they are still small and may take a while to get going. So I brought two larger seedlings. Both are early fruiters. This one is a 'Burke's Backyard, italian tomato'. If you look closely you can see tiny basil and marigolds too. Both are great companion plants for tomatoes.
I watered them in with Charlie Carp. This is a liquid fertilizer made from European Carp which are an introduced pest in our waterways in Australia. I like the idea of a pest becoming something useful.
If you are interested in finding out more about companion planting there is a link in my sidebar to a good site.
|Little baby carrots!|
For the record
Today I planted:
- 1 Burke's Backyard Italian Tomato
- 6 Grosse Lisse tomatoes (grown from seed)
- 6 Heirloom tomatoes (mixed - grown from Diggers seeds)
- 6 Mortgage Buster tomatoes (grown from seed)
- 6 Big Momma Capsicums (green/red)
- 1 Chocolate Capsicum (Small fruit/Diggers)
- 1 Perennial Basil (seedling - never heard of that one before)
- 2 Black zucchini seedlings to replace 2 eaten by snails (grrr)
- Basil and marigolds grown from seed.
This is a lot of tomatoes but I have the space. I plan to do a lot of sauce making and I want to have a go at sun drying some. If you cut them in quarters, drizzle with olive oil and cook them in the oven until they slump, they freeze well and make a good replacement for canned tomatoes. And of course, I will be giving lots away to my neighbours and non-gardening relatives.