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Vegie Patch Relocation…

Published April 26, 2011 by Mary Jane

Hello there, one of the daunting task for this particular Easter break was for me to start relocating my tomato plants and capsicum plants as they are growing so big now and they are crowding together too. I was rather hesitant to move them from previous experience when I tried to move one of my chilli plants to a new place it died on me 😦 I was a little devastated as it was one of the larger chilli plants…NO!!! So this time I made sure I listened to my father in law’s advise, when shifting plants to a new area, you must firstly dig a deep hole and soaked the soil with lots of water so the soil is moist and rather than digging the whole plant up and shaking excess soil off, dig around the plant and carry the whole lot of soil across to the new area. So even though it was a little tedious, I made sure I followed the instruction this time and carted all the plants across the new area. Once you have covered them up with moist soil proceed to water them lots….

So here’s a snap shot of my very proud vegie garden patch – they are growing very nicely…and soon I’ll be able to harvest some fresh organic vegies soon.. 🙂

climbing beans

climbing beans

Remember last time, I mentioned I tried to untangle these climbing beans so that they can all fit through the wires, well some of them died along the way but eventually the ones who have survived managed to climb themselves onto the wires without my ‘dodgy help’ and they are growing nicely, I’m hoping I would be able to harvest them before winter comes. Though my father in law told me there’s no way I will be able to harvest these beans as I have planted in a wrong season and they will eventually die when the cold weather hits in 😦 sniff sniff, one can only hope that our Perth weather stays a little warmer this year….

Chilli plants

Chilli plants

My chilli plants are flowering quite nicely and within next few weeks, I should be able to harvest some chillies – yum yum, I love my chillies…they are very green and healthy thanks to the cow manure and some veggie fertilisers which I’ve recently purchased from Bunnings…

climbing snow peas

climbing snow peas

Now these climbing snow peas ain’t climbing up much compared to my climbing beans but they are slowly moving their way up. My friend told me you could actually eat these leaves on it’s own. Then I was like, but if I eat these leaves there won’t be any snow peas coming out of it. She laughed..and said no you only eat them after you’ve harvested your snow peas. Oh!! (blush..) I see..that makes sense…

curly lettuce

curly lettuce

These curly lettuce are growing quite well, I’ve harvested them a few times already – except I realised I have planted all seeds together so they kinda looks like random weeds hehehehe oh well, at least they are edible…

Cucumber plants

Cucumber plants

These cucumber plants are quite huge with leaves and they actually take up alot of space too. These cucumber leaves are rather furry and sticky and if you’re not careful it seems like its going to scratch your hands. I was told by my friend that I could just let it grow and it will climb on the ground. However, I managed to put some bamboo sticks to tie the large stems as the leaves were quite large it was drooping.

Tomato plants

Tomato plants

tomato plants with some fruits

tomato plants with some fruits

The tomato plants have started flowering already and have grown so much from last time. Unfortunately it was getting rather crowded so I decided it was time to relocate them to a new area. I was surprised to see that even though the tomato plants were quite low they have started flowering and there were tomato fruits on them already – so cute…:-)

Capsicum plants

Capsicum plants

I have also decided to shift these capsicum plants from my small vegie patch to a bigger area as they’ve started to flower already and it’s getting a little crowded too. I’m really surprised that even though they were quite short looking it has started to flower already.

vegie garden patch

vegie garden patch

Now that I have shifted my capsicum plants over to a new place, it left some space which I decided to shift my only two basil plants left. I’m hoping they will survive as I know basil plants are rather weak and any movement to the new area might potentially kill it. I’m hoping that it won’t die as I haven’t had much luck with planting basil plants. Well, one can only hope – I just moved it this morning so I’ll wait for a few days and hopefully they will survive.

Now it’s time to harvest my salad mix…fresh yummy organic salad – it’s so rewarding to think you could just step out to your own backyard and harvest fresh vegies/salad for your lunch next day…
all the hard work is really worth it… they taste so fresh and crunchy…

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My Vegie Garden Patch – It’s growing!! It’s growing!!

Published April 11, 2011 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, yes I must apologise for the inaction with blogging lately as you know I live a hectic life and often times it’s a luxury of turning my Mac laptop on and typing away at night when all I want to do is veg out and sleep 🙂 So here it is anyways. I’ve been very proud of myself that so far most of my vegies are growing great – these cow manures, mulch and soil really works and my brick laying garden bed is supporting the growth of my seedlings. So here’s a snippet of some of the my vegies that are growing quite well…

My string beans – I couldn’t believe it just a few weeks, I’ve planted them with seeds and now literally they are starting to climb their way up the wires. I did try to untangle them as they got a little out of control hehehe but then some withered away as I have accidentally snap their stems..ooops..

String beans continue to grow – I’m so proud of them!!

My chilli plants were also doing quite well. They got a little crowded so I moved one of them but it didn’t survive – I realised what I should have done is dig a deep hole and hose lots of water down so that when I move them the roots would still be soaking wet rather than shifting them to a dry ground and covering them up with soil and then water it down. So One chilli plant died 😦 but the rest are still doing well though 🙂

Then it was snow peas which I’ve also planted from seeds – and they are all growing quite nicely bunched up together. I have a feeling they are going to tangle themselves together cos I didn’t leave enough spaces between planting the seeds. Oh well, at least they will be all snuggle up 🙂

Then there was some lettuce which I also planted from seeds and unfortunately cos the seeds were really tiny I kinda just sprinkle them in a whole lot so I’m not sure how crowded it’s going to get with them growing bigger and bigger hehehehe

I also planted some tomatoes not from seeds but I bought them as seedlings from bunnings. Tonight as I was watering them I noticed they were flowering already – hooray 🙂 which is rather strange cos they are still so short looking and there’s already flowers on them…oh well, not that I’m complaining I hope I’ll have some fresh tomatoes soon. I also ran out of room to plant them so they are kinda all squashed together too 😦

Time to check out my very own garden brick bed – the rockets are doing extremely well – I even started harvesting some for my salads – but there were quite bitter, but I was told bitter vegies are good for your health so I’ve started eating them with canned tuna and it’s quite tasty 🙂 The carrots were also growing, I’m not sure when I should harvest them though…then most of my basil died…sniff sniff I have never successfully planted basil but tonight as I was watering my garden bed I noticed that 2 basil plants have survived – yay 🙂 I’m hoping I’ll be able to harvest some fresh basil leaves soon…then most of my coriander died too except for two of them…for some strange reason these two plants seemed to have survived through the harsh conditions, I’m hoping with their strong survival skills I would have plenty of basils and corianders -they are two of my most favourite herbs 🙂

Then there was capsicum plants and lettuce. The capsicum plant is doing quite well and the lettuce (there are two types of lettuce) were also doing quite well and I started cutting the leaves so I could have some of them with my bitter rockets! Yummy…

Here’s the harvesting of my rockets…Mighty fresh and mighty delicious!!!

So…that’s all folks, my wonderful organic small vegie garden patch…

Time of Vegies & Fruits crisis = Vegie Garden Patch

Published March 21, 2011 by Mary Jane

Hello there, as promised tonight will be the night that I resume to my blog post – I try not to break my promise 🙂 Anyways, with the recent Brisbane flood all the vegies and fruits have gone up. I find myself struggling to pay for bananas that cost around $11 per kg as suppose the usual $3 something per kg and cucumbers, beans, etc are just horrendous. So how to solve this problem, plant your own vegie garden. I’ve been wanting to start planting for ages but haven’t had the opportunity to. So far I’ve only got my chilli plants and sweet potato leaves left (I must admit these two plants are awesome, it requires not much attention and care and they’ll survive without water for at least a few days). Anyways, my chilli plants were starting to grow out of control so my first task is to trim them and move one of the crowded ones across.

On Saturday, I decided to pay the garden section of Bunnings a visit. I love going to Bunnings cos they sell all sorts of goodies there. But the only thing that tempts me is that sausage sizzle that they have on every time I pay them a visit and I can smell it from miles away (drooling). So my task was to choose some seedlings plants from the garden, buy some manure, compost and mulch to start up my vegie garden patch. It was a challenging task indeed with so many herbs, vegies and fruits seedlings available…but I nailed down to tomatoes, baby carrots, string beans, cucumbers, coriander, basil, lettuce, capsicum and rockets. I also went to Crazy Clark and bought some packets of seeds that were on special 🙂 So here’s my home made vegie garden patch…

Now it may seem that my vegie garden patch is quite small so it shouldn’t be that hard setting it up. Can I tell you I’ve spent at least 3-4 hours trying to set one up. Carting these heavy bags of soil, compost, manure and mulch and dumping them onto the ground and individually empty the seedling plants into the ground so I can plant them individually. It’s extremely tiring especially when you’re doing it while the sun is shining in the arvo!! I had a full dose of my Vitamin Ds. I remembered at my mummy’s place we had some left over bricks, so I went to my mummy’s place and carted back some bricks to set up a patch. Now I didn’t want to be too ambitious by setting a large size of vegie patch on my dead lawn, I wanted to see whether the seedling plants would survive on a dead lawn – it was more or less a trial and error…but TA DA…I’m so proud of myself, I made up my own vegie patch that actually looks half decent…it’s been 2 days already and the plants are looking rather healthy, apart from my basil that are struggling a little…

Honestly, there are times that I think to myself all this hard work it’s probably just easier going to the markets to buy some fresh fruits and vegies. But my heart tells me there’s nothing like your own organic vegie garden and if it all goes well, I’ll be harvesting them in due time. Patience is indeed a virtue!! Btw, my backyard now smells like cow manure too attracting lots of evil flies!!!

So along with my vegies and fruits seedlings, my mummy reminded me long long ago I bought this solar plant bag that dangles from pergola and you can grow strawberries, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes in them without using any ground space. So I bought some strawberries and cherry tomatoes seedlings to plant into this solar plant bag and I just need time to pop over to my mummy’s house to plant them. I will show you guys the pictures once I have planted them 🙂 I’m excited – it’ll be awesome to have fresh strawberries and cherry tomatoes…

Anyways, my vegie garden patch is still alive and I’ve just recently watered it so I’ll let you guys know how I go with my growing and possibly harvesting further down the track…:-)