I do have some images to share from my walk down to the local pond last Sunday (including a Great Egret), but first of all, we’ll have just one more post on the veggie patch.
I mentioned the first Blueberry of the Season the other day and I have a couple more.
1. Centre of the screen below is my very first French Bean. I know, I know it looks like a stalk, but its a green bean and just 1″ long. Had to move back and forth a bit to get a dark background so it would show up in the centre of the image. I’ve never tried to grow beans before, but apparently, once the first few have grown large enough to pick, they come ‘thick & fast’ after that. So it’s got about 4 more inches to grow……..
2. Beetroot. When I planted the punnet of seedlings I must have inadvertently planted 3 tiny seedlings together so they may not grow to full size while squashed in the one spot. The growers plant 6 seedlings, one for each pocket of the punnet, so that’s what I planted in the trough. Obviously they growers stuck 3 seedlings in the one pocket. You can see 2 baby beets squashed together below. I’ve grown beetroot for the tiny leaves to use in salads before, but never let them continue to grow beets, so let’s see how they go.
After all, my zucchini experiment last Spring was looking brilliant until they suddenly went yellow and died. (images on the left and on the right).
So we can’t automatically assume the beetroot will all grow to harvest size.
3. Well, not tomatoes yet, but #3 Tomato – Genuwine – a cross between Costoluto Genovese and Brandy Wine has got so many flowers on the plant in the last couple of days, I expect some tomatoes any minute 😀 (below) This heirloom variety said harvest 9-12 weeks after planting so it may sprout fruit on the early side as #1 and #2 did.
4. The Perennial Basil seedling was planted in too small a pot as I didn’t have any more large pots left and it was looking rather ‘ordinary’ to say the least.
A bit more water and some fertilizer have given it a tremendous boost and it’s looking very happy indeed. I’ve now got a large pot free and I’m wondering if it’s too late to transfer it to the larger container this close to Summer?
While I’ve got Sweet Basil – an annual – growing under the Tomatoes to act as a Companion plant, I’ve got used to the long-lasting Perennial Basil (below) to cook with. The old plant was looking very straggly and half-even by the Cabbage Moth Caterpillers, so I tossed it in the bin and started a fresh young seedling (below) this Spring.
5. A new flower on the Curry plant and plenty more tiny buds on the way (below)
…….and not a first, but an update on #2 Tomato. One tomato out of the bunch has now reached what I consider a reasonable size, so to save the birds getting it, as soon as the first large tomato is half-ripe, I’ll be picking it to bring inside to ripen on a window ledge.
Of course, vine-ripened fruit are best, but with my regular avian visitors, I won’t be leaving any ripe tomatoes on the bushes for their dinner. I proved in 2017 that the front of my lounge room is well and truly warm enough to finish ripening tomatoes. (photo on the right of the 2017 crop).
I was awake at 5.30am this morning and couldn’t sleep, so decided to just get up and check the garden. Of course, the male Superb Fairy-wren was doing his usual Balcony Garden survey, walking up and down the rows of herbs and veggies just like he’s seen me doing, so I stayed indoors and watched him.
I didn’t have any cameras out of their ‘sleeping’ soft pouches, so by the time I got one out and took the lens cap off, I only managed to catch one quick shot before he flew away (below).
My bird shots weren’t exciting from Sunday’s walk so I’m tempted to go back again today and see if the Great Egret is still near the pond, but in a better location for photography?