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Mid summer plot update (4/5)
Focused on 6 beds in each image, read from top left to right, next left to right etc:
Gooseberry “red” (died, but to be replaced)
Echinacea (not germinated yet)
Saint John’s wort
Bilberry (not germinated yet)
Another weekly raid by the young sir down at the plot. He had his first pepper from his little garden and some more cucumbers and courgettes. He also demolished the pineberry (a variety of white strawberry that tastes a bit like pineapple) patch, and randomly decided to pull up a plant that turned out to be a carrot, and it blew his tiny mind.
Week 14. I am so glad I’m in a position to trial this system before I put any serious time and money behind it, especially as again this week was packed full of helpful failures. At least I can get them all out of the way now!
So, harvest wise I got 40g radish, 10g dill, and 20g each of seasonal and spicy salad mix. To put that into perspective, that is 25 times less than my average 1kg of salad a week. It’d be like buying a pack of biscuits and there being only one of them inside of a pack of stale air. Confusing, and not okay.
How? Well it’s a combination of known threats from what I can see. The lettuce was just rubbish again, and it is only ever one of the boxes which just about gets any to grow at all, which confuses me. Young seedlings seem to have been savaged by slugs, snails and possibly birds. The weird super sunny then super rainy weather seems to have created a gap where a bunch of stuff matured too quickly and now a bunch of stuff is taking ages. I also made assumptions on the schedule that now that it is summer, that lots of things would suddenly start growing a lot quicker, which doesn’t seem to have happened.
I was expecting my second harvest of turnips this week, but even the ones left for an extra week are still too small. I was also expecting my first leaf beet cut which I basically forgot to plant a few weeks back, and my first crop of coriander was due but nothing has survived. I have also noticed that the dill this week (and strangely I was due two dill harvests but one had completely vanished) had started flowering and this has seemingly summoned a horde of aphids to attack.
I think going forwards I will definately invest in some netting hoops, to both delay maturity by shading but to also offer some pest and weather protection, especially during the early few days of seedlings coming up as this seems to be when they are most vulnerable.
I am really passionate about the part-time farmer model, but the gaps in site observation do seem to leave the odd murder mystery. I feel the need to stand broodingly by a cliff, skinny tie blowing in the wind, like in Broadchurch.
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