Our Beloved Tomatoes.
A tripod erected for tomatoes. On the 2 back ends of the tripod Heinz and Red Khaki large tomatoes planted.
In the front cherry tomatoes enabling air circulation and allowing to pick the inner tomatoes.
Garlic Chives add to the insect repellent properties while marigolds help in deterring root-knot nematodes.
Past Event: Workshop - 16 September 2017
Thank you to everybody that joined the workshop and I hope we will have many more opportunities to share our passion and knowledge with each other.
Congratulations to those who walked away with some great gifts from our lucky draw.
Happy Gardening !
Sowing some Radish.
Radish, that common and beloved part of your salad, is a root crop, and it is pungent and sweet in taste with a lot of juice. The parts of radishes that are commonly consumed are the leaves, flowers, pods and seeds. Radishes are eaten raw, cooked or pickled.
It is Full Moon at the moment (6 Sep 2017) and the ideal time to sow root crops during the waning phase - therefore make use of the next 10 days to get some root crops in your veg garden. The gravitation pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil, but the moonlight is decreasing, putting energy into the roots.
It is best to sow radish seed in-situ (directly into the soil where you want it to grow) - it germinates quickly and grows easily.
Simply make small furrows about 10cm apart and plant the seeds at a depth of about 2cm and cover loosely with soil.
Tip of the week: Successful Seed Sowing
- Soak some vermiculite overnight in water
- Mix with some Fertilis (earthworm castings) just before use - you can read more about Fertilis on their website ... http://www.fertilis.co.za/ ... and ask for it at your local Garden Centre !
- Sprinkle the mix of wet vermiculite and fertilis in the furrows - about a handful per 30cm length of furrow
- The fermiculite will retain moisture and make it available for the new roots after germination.
- The Fertilis will supply the first round of much needed organic nutrients for proper seedling development.
Radishes are so fast growing your children will be pulling the succulent roots in as few as 21 days from sowing!
How did you celebrate your first Saturday of the month of Spring ?
Althoug a bit on the nippy side, I made my Vegetable Tripod on which I am going to grow Squash and Cucumbers.
Not only does it saves space, but is also improves circulation between the leaves, making them less susceptible to fungal diseases.
To minimize the risk of unwanted insects attacking the crops, I also planted some companion herbs, Sweet Basil and Coriander, in between:
- Sweet Basil ... yes, so exciting to have Sweet Basil available again ... Basil helps to protect Squash and Cucumbers from mildew and repels insects !
- Coriander is a good companion plant to repel Aphids.
Now it goes even one step further ... Bees and Butterflies LOVE basil and coriander ... Mother Nature is amazing !
So, I hope you will also try to create your own tripod this season, it is easy to make and highlyrewarding ... I will post some fotos as it grows and develops.
Natural Pest Control
The Green-in-Snow is in full flower and the little yellow flowers are great to add to salads with its peppery taste.
While I was busy picking some flowers I discovered I am not the only one planning to have a tasty treat … some aphids (more like a few hundred) decided it is a good food source as well !
Fear not … Mother Nature to the rescue !
The Ladybirds were already onto it and having a feast, taking control of the situation and bringing back balance in my garden. Each Ladybird can eat up to 5,000 aphids during their one-year lifetime … I think my garden is safe !
So, next time you spot some aphids on your vegetables or herbs, first have a look and see if any natural predators are around and let them bring balance back.
Creating a veg garden based on organic and sustainable practices is fun and very interesting to be part of, not to mention the long term health benefits of enjoying your own home grown organic vegetables and herbs !