For this post I though I might give you all a status update of where we and the garden are at. As you can see from my graph the garden has not been producing much output. We have been getting a few bits and pieces, for example just starting to come to the end of a great run of broccoli. But overall we are producing just a fraction compared to what we purchase.
Overall I am not too disappointment as I know allot has been achieved towards the establishment of the garden and its encompassing processes and routines. So much has also been learnt and I have a lot of you to thank for that. I was hoping this spring was going to be that explosive moment when the garden sprang to life with majority of the beds filled by now with little baby plants all ready to give us a very productive summer. However our seedlings have not done too well, nor have we kept on top of replacing them. So a big lesson here is not to wait in hope for your seedlings. If they are not performing... start some more.
Allot of these seedling, like the carrots in paper pots, date back to the beginning of August. What should I do, ditch them or plant them out and see how they go?
We moved the seed table to a new location right next to the garden. The old location was up against a iron fence not appropriate for the coming heat. In the new location the seeds are shaded by the house in the afternoon. I don't know why we didn't consider this location earlier as it follows great permaculture principles being close to garden, highly accessible, and right next to a tap to fill the watering can.
On the weekend we got a whole tray of new ones going. And last night putting my "gardening in 15 minutes" into practise and following the advice of Scarecrow, I started a new routine where I will be sowing or planting out a minimum of one thing per night. In my allotted time, along with watering, I potted two thyme plants and planted out one coriander. Tonight I planted a whole row of lazy house wife beans.
Have got a few things planted out in this bed along with the potatoes that are doing really well.
The pumpkins have been planted out and are growing nicely. We have kept the mulch off this bed as we also scattered some old corn seeds that are now starting to come up. Along with some unknown mystery plants. Anyone willing to take a guess? My hope is that the corn will give the pumpkin a bit of shade. The beans I mentioned have been sown directly at the back of this bed and will climb the chicken fence like I have done with the runner beans. That are doing great BTW.
Even though a little behind the summer planting eight ball I am still feeling hopeful for a reasonable crop.