There has been lots of lush growth since the first photo of my vegetable garden at the end of October.
The brassicas and beets have all grown really well. On warm sunny days I have seen good growth in just one day. I have harvested brocolli (see my last blog), cauliflowers (the tops nibbled by slugs ruining the look of them but not affecting the eating), cabbages (nice and tight), and lettuces (not very big, not very good and riddled with slugs). I’m very pleased with that bed, it has produced well without too much watering.
The silverbeet and spinach have grown quickly and been very tendered to eat. I have planted more caulis and brocollis and lettuces. With each plant, I put a big handful of manure in the planting hole to feed the seedling as it gets going. I don’t know why the lettuces have been so poor, I’ll have to work on that.
I have put in another slug trap at the other end of the bed and hope to eventually drastically reduce the slug population. There don’t appear to be any snails. The first slug trap I use beer for bait which works well but attracks slaters as well. This second one I have put pellets in the bottom, so we’ll see how that goes. The bird netting is working well at keeping out the white butterfly. I often see them flying all round the plants trying to find a way in, but fail.
Peastraw has been very successful too in keeping out the weeds, and reducing moisture loss.