— GARDEN BED 1 AND POTS UPDATE —

ColletteRedman is talking about growing Beans, Cucumber, Herbs, Pumpkin, Tomato, Zucchini, Something else from Manawatu-Wanganui

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Garden ready!

Garden bed 1 is doing well and all the plants are growing really well, I have my tomatoes and climbing beans in there as well as some basil and a cucumber and a melon.  The cucumber and melon are to grow up the trellis and I will have to support the melons. The basil is still a little slow but it is getting there.  I have tied up the tomatoes again today and will continue to remove the laterals and excess leaves from the bottom of the plants. Removing the lateral forces the plant to focus on producing fruit instead of more leaves and removing excess leaves creates better airflow to prevent fungal disease.  

The plants are being fed weekly with either Yates Thrive Fish and Seaweed or Yates Thrive Fish Blood and Bone. Feeding your plant regularly helps them grow to their full potential and also to stay healthy.  Plants can fight for themselves as long as they have all the nutrients that they need.  This garden bed was an existing bed when we moved in and it has always been a good performer for me.  I still have my bird deterent cds in place and I have had a 100% success rate with this, I dont love them but hey if they work they work.

In my coloured pots I have tomatoes, zucchini, pattypan and watermelon. Im trialing watermellon this year so ill see how I go.  I have only ever grown them in the ground.  My coloured pots still have their cage as protection from the puppy, she likes to dig.  Ill have to remove it soon though as they plants will get too big for it.

In my black pots I have cucumbers to grow up the trellis and Yates Golden Nugget bush miniature pumpkins, I have not grown these before so interested to see how they go.

Everything grown in pots need special attention, they usually need more watering and also more food as the roots cant grow deeper looking for water and food. The pots also get fed weekly to keep the plants healthy. 

Im really happy with this garden beds and the pots this year.