There are lots of things that can go wrong in gardening but the biggest mistake I make is not starting at all. Just like sunscreen, medication and gym memberships, seeds are only effective when put to good use. If you’ve got some packets of seeds languishing in a cupboard that you bought at Labour Weekend, get out and sow some more now while the soil is warm either directly in the soil or in pots for transplanting. They’ll need daily watering but you could have salad and herbs you grew yourself in a few weeks. Time for spring onions, pak choi, brocolli, cabbage, peas, lettuce, rocket, carrots, beetroot, coriander, parsley, turnips, radishes, leeks, parsnips and silverbeet. I’ve sown some more dwarf beans and potatoes too. Dig potatoes and pick, pick, pick those beans and zucchinis. One day could be too long.
The fine protective mesh over my brassicas has been extraordinarily successful. No caterpillar damage in sight on my cabbages, brocolli and cauliflower. Saves spraying with Dipel organic spray to beat the cabbage white butterflies.
If you need some help or encouragement with your edible garden, come on the fresh food garden course on Saturday 29 January 2011. You’ll leave with inspiration, enthusiasm and new ideas, plus comprehensive notes. I’m digging my garlic this week so you’ll get to take away a few bulbs to plant in May to grow your own garlic.
Enjoyed some new (to me) music over the break from The Swell Season, Mumford and Sons and Julia Deans. If you’re a dog owner you need to read Garth Stein’s ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain‘.