An update on the herb & veggie ‘patch’.
Most of the new herbs and leafy greens I planted 12 days ago are doing well (with the Asian lettuce varieties doing the best). Finally, the French Beans and Tomatoes are beginning to grow, but I think they could do with a little sun. The Tuscan Kale was planted months ago and I use a couple of leaves fairly regularly – one Kale plant is plenty for me.
I’ve only seen one male Superb Fairy-wren in the last week and he didn’t stay long enough to get his photo taken. He was in full mating colours of Blue. I suspect the rest of the fairy-wrens are nest sitting.
I continue to get visits from the female House Sparrows gathering nesting material. I pick the dead parsley stalks and put them all in the one pot so they can gather what they like.
The aim, (apart from a new hobby), is to grow enough for a salad in Summer & leafy greens all year round. I don’t have room for a whole lot of flowers these days, but I might buy a couple later in the year. If I don’t get around to food shopping, mostly online these days, I can still get something out of the garden to eat. I use an enormous amount of mint and parsley all year round anyway. If I buy a large bunch of these 2 herbs, I find I waste half of it, so best to grow it on my balcony and cut as I need it for dinner.
Took the pest control netted hutch off yesterday 27/9/19 and am hoping for some sun. Right in the middle of the frame, there is GARLIC ‘Early White’ (Allium sativum) bought at the start of the year as a pest deterrant. Will it work? Who knows.
ASIAN LETTUCE MIX – Mizuna, TahTsai & Mibuna
COMMON MINT (Mentha spicata)
CURRY PLANT (Helichrysum angustifolium)
ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis)
KALE ‘TUSCANO NERO’ (Brassica eleracea sp.)
TOMATO ‘TRUSS SWEET’ (Lycopersicon esculentum FI hybrid) & BASIL Sweet (Ocimum basilicum)
supposed to be Broccoli according to the plant nursery label, but of course it’s some kind of cabbage now that it’s grown
old MINT plant that the birds graze on.
SORREL (Rumex sanguineus) – very old plant that I keep cutting down to stubble and it keeps growing again.
LEMON VERBENA (Aloysia triphylla) – I cut this old plant, bought last year, back in Winter and it grows back in Spring.
SPINACH BABY LEAF (Spinacia oleracea)
Supposed to be ROCKET (can’t find the plant label).
LEMON THYME (Thymus citriodorus) – new plant and seems to grow through the winter too. I use this variety quite a lot. Ordinary THYME (Thymus vulgaris) usually dies back in Winter.
OREGANO ‘HOT & SPICY’ (Origanum sp.)
FRENCH BEAN – Green (Phaseolus vulgaris)
FRENCH BEAN – Green (Phaseolus vulgaris) – finally its starting to grow. I was beginning to think it never would.
BLUEBERRY ‘NELLIE KELLY’ (Vaccinium x corymbusm x ashei x darrowi) – looks a bit lopsided in its new pot, so I’ll prune it into shape at the end of the season.
FRENCH TARRAGON (Artemisia dracunculus). Died right off over Winter, but I bought the perennial variety so its now growing back this Spring.
PEACE LILY (spathiphyllum) – I only repotted it into a larger pot a couple of weeks ago and it’s still growing like ‘wildfire’. I don’t want a large heavy pot to move around, so it’ll have to stay in this size pot.
I have arranged my plants for bother Companion Planting purposes and tried to grew the herbs which don’t like each other at opposite ends of the patch
BASIL PERENNIAL (Mentha x rotundifolia) – needs a bit of support via bamboo stakes in the gusty wind.
This year’s new tomato variety – No 1
This year’s tomato variety – No 2
This year’s tomato variety – No 3
I always keep the plant labels as I can never remember the names or varieties of most of my veggies. I can usually remember the herbs though.
Female House Sparrow gathering nesting material – not a good shot, but she flew away before I could re-focus.