I have to say I am encouraged by all the lovely gardeners here – all the new faces and the old familiar ones. It is like being surrounded by close friends, people who get me! Thank you all so much to taking the time to be a part of the challenge. I look forward to reading all the updates and getting to know you and your gardens even better.
If you are new here then I would encourage you to have a good poke about the website, there are so many useful hints, tips, solutions, articles, and ideas all around. But also, to get the best out of the Vegie Growing challenge make sure you have a good read of >THIS LINK<.
Also start to think about who you would like to nominate as a friendly neighbour – 6 of you will end up with a fabulous prize which includes some of Yates new seeds for the season, which I can’t wait to get my hands on some and grow them for myself!
In my garden I have a big week ahead of me. Starting today I have to sow some more seeds. I’ve been doing them in small batches so I don’t end up spending all day standing there sowing seeds as that can suck the joy out of it after a couple of hours. This also means the transplanting will be able to be done in small batches.
My first seedlings are now ready to be transplanted but I’ll have to be a bit mean on the potting mix because I’m not sure I’ll have enough and who knows when I’ll be able to get some more. This could also be an advantage to my staggered sowing, by the time the seeds I sow today need transplanting I might be able to contactlessly get some more.
I also have to work on the garden itself. The strawberries still need sorting out – I need to throw out the ones older than 3 years and replace them with runners and then generally tidy up the bed, cull all the other runners and give the soil some love.
The garden gets looked after with my ‘sector system’ where I only take care of the needs of sector 1 on a Monday and sector 2 on a Tuesday. I have neglected the system recently as I was doing a big push on other projects, so last week Sectors 2 and 3 were made spring ready, which will make things easy going forward but I need to really focus on 1, 4 and 5 this week.
Let’s hope the weather stays nice.
Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)