March 28th, 2010
Today the ducks & I had fun spreading compost in the vegetable patch. I removed the old tomato plants – always a sad little chore. No more summer red juicy tomato salads! But the basil is still doing very well and I might still get one or two egg plants if the nights remain as warm as they are at the moment.
The tomato plants were just about finished and needed to be removed to make way for some little broad bean seeds to go in. If I plant them now they can be up and moving within the next fortnight. Hopefully they will continue to grow slowly until the really cold weather, then they sort of slow down until August when they take off again and start bearing from the end of September. Hopefully I will get a good crop before I need to rip them out to make room for my next tomatoes! A gardener needs to plan ahead!
In the next week or two I will pop in some new seedlings of Silverbeet. I don’t like to be without my silverbeet, and my parsley needs to be replaced as the plants are beginning to go to seed. So today I spent mostly in the vege patch but I did discover a lovely surprise! That pot of layered bulbs have some shoots springing up already!! What fun!
It was a real race between me and the ducks with the compost. They thought they had died and gone to heaven with all the bugs & worms in the compost heap! But I wanted as many worms moved into my vege patch so we were working a little at odds with one another. But a fun day in the garden was had by all!