Sow and Reap – wins and losses of September

My little greenhouse has delivered a much-needed confidence boost, with most of last month’s seeds now thriving. The success motivated me to bang out two rounds of seed sowing in the past month, bringing me closer to the goal of planting something every week so I can harvest something every week.

Seedlings are thriving

A workshop in plant propagation later this month will give me more skills to grow plants from cuttings and make the most of what is already growing in my garden.

WINS

The bare-rooted fruit and nut trees have all started to either sprout leaves or blossoms, which is such a relief given I was convinced the torrential rain of the past two months had drowned them.

We have started to eat our own asparagus and have not had to buy salad greens, spinach or silverbeet for months.

The first artichoke coming through

I can see the first artichoke from a plant grown from seed about a year ago. And it’s having a baby, which means I need to learn how to safely separate the plants.

Rhubarb that I was sure had died have come back up again. This time I am protecting them with plant guards to keep chooks, dogs and non-gardeners at bay.

LOSSES

Sadly, we have lost our first chook. A mystery illness took her down over the course of a week, devastating my boys but leaving the rest of the brood unconcerned.

Also dead are several of my beloved scented geraniums thanks to numerous frosts. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll come back to me as the weather warms.

The beans that I boldly planted directly into the garden and that were doing well a month ago have developed weak stalks again. It happens every time and I’m not sure why.

The pomegranate and dragon fruit seeds I had saved and planted remain dormant, as have the butternut pumpkin, celery, wild sweetie tomato, fennel, chilli, English primrose and comfrey.

The cornflower had been coming along nicely until I moved it to another pot and found it eaten to the quick the next day. I suspect there were slaters in the potting mix I made up.

OPTIMISM

Sorting out the seed packs

Two more passionfruit have gone in to a new garden bed. This time I have read and taken heed of the instructions to remain vigilant for below-graft growth and to cut them – not pull them off – with a blade.

I have also just ordered a couple of sweet potato seed tubers, as I’m told they’re easy to grow in my part of the world. And so on trend.

Last year’s approach to bulb maintenance was a bit seat-of-our-pants. This year, I have done some research and clipped the seed heads off spent daffodils so the energy can redirect back to the bulb. Once the foliage has died back, we can lift and separate them before storing them in labelled containers.

I also finally remembered to plant the flower bombs the boys made at the bee workshop back in May.

Fruit & VegetablesHerbs & Flowers
Tomatoes (Wild Sweetie, Jaune Flaume, Tommy Toe, Mortgage Lifter, Principe Borghese)
Cucumber
Eggplant
Artichoke
Kale
Brown onions
Cabbage
Spring onion
Celery
Lettuce (Great Lakes, Italian Lollo, Yellow Leaf)
Chilli (saved)
Pumpkins (Butternut, Kent, Giant)
Fennel
Corn
Swede
Zucchini
Spinach
Roquette
Silverbeet
Sugar Baby Watermelon
Capsicum
Artichoke
Beans (Rattlesnake, Three-colour mix)
Basil (sweet, Thai)
Spearmint
Coriander
Chamomile
Comfrey
Sunflower
Zinnia
Poppy
Cornflower
English primrose
Sweet pea
Alyssum
Lemon balm
Calendula

What’s growing well in your garden? Do you make your own potting mix?

 

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