Remember those seedlings with long sexy legs? Well they have finally been given the opportunity to stretch those long legs out in the big wide world. Melanie and I are both feeling a little sad for them knowing their lives are going to be tougher than most. From previous experience I have noticed the first set of plants going into a bed take a battering from the elements, insects and other creatures. With only the strong or lucky surviving. We have come to accept these seedlings as our pawns in a game of garden chess. And just like is chess, the ones that survive will provided protection to ones that follow.
To give them a fighting chance we have done two things. The first is to leave in the unintentional peas that are sprouting up out of the pea straw mulch. My theory, that I am open to being challenged, is that they will provide an insect decoy, improve the soil and provide green manure. I will cut them off when they start to make a nuisance. I do have a question about pea straw. What variety is typically used?
Secondly we have surrounded them with barrier, in this case plastic milk containers. The reason for the barrier is back when I first learnt and started using mulch. I would push open a hole then plant the seedling. The following day the seedling would be found buried under the mulch. With a bit of observation I discovered it was the birds having a wonderful time fossicking around making a right din. So now the seedlings get a bit of protection. In the colder months I hope it may also provide a bit of warmth, like a mini glass house.
In the past we have used those ice-lolly sticks to mark what we have planted, but the children can't resist relocating them. So for the very first time we are now recording what has been planted in a garden log book. If you are finding it hard to read here is what says:
Winter Garden – Bed 1
17/4/2011 – End of 1st quarter moon phase
5 Bok Choi - Shanghai
2 Cauliflower - Snow Ball (Eden Seeds)
4 Broccoli - Di Cicco (Southern Harvest) - Completely mangled (no leaves).
10 Peas - Green Feast – Healthy but had to separate from same pot.
2 Beetroot - Bulls Blood (Eden Seeds)
8 Beetroot - Chiogga (Eden Seeds) – Some small and had to separate from same pot.
Melanie and I were both thinking, which happens a lot, we should give each of our six main beds some more colourful names than just bed 1,2,3, etc. Anyone got a good idea for a naming scheme?