Friday, August 28, 2009

Spring Planting - part 1

Ok so it's technically not spring yet. Just. But you'll forgive me with the weather we've been having. I was planning to give it another couple of weeks but the snow peas had some sort of mould... Pruning turning into pulling which led to the pulling of other plants and while we were at it I might as well plant some of those seedlings and so on. I am by no means finished but have made a start on my spring garden.

The snow peas on the top tier are now gone, as is all the lettuce (I can actually see dirt!). Half my beetroot and carrots were still miniscule so I transplanted the lot. I can imagine how big of a no-no that is, but I'm keeping an eye on them to see if I can get a little bit more growth.

In their place I've planted that leggy tomato seedling I had growing inside. I wasn't planning on sacrificing space for another tomato plant outside but it was so desparate looking I felt sorry for it. I've also planted one of my bean seedlings. He's shot up so fast, I think he will be happy outside.

A capsicum seedling.

One of the shadier containers on the right now has pak choi and silverbeet. I'm a little unsure about how things are going to grow in the 3 containers with shade but I'm willing to give it a try.

I'm now just waiting on harvesting the rest of the broccoli and cauliflower so I can take over their containers. The broccoli is still doing reasonably but I haven't had much luck with the cauliflower. The heads are becoming loose before they get to a reasonable size. I'm guessing it might have to do with the warmer weather we've been having. It's not very successful but I'll harvest what I can.

I'm also waiting on the broccolini. Maybe it wasn't so smart to try experimenting with seed collecting... however, my seedlings don't need to be planted as yet so I guess I can afford the space for the moment. They look terrible.. so mangy! but the pods are swelling. I'm including the photo only because I commented I would. Its really not inspirational. Half the stems have fallen over but still seem to be doing ok. The flowers dropped off a while ago. This is what they look like.

Still with me? =P
So hopefully I can plant out the rest of my seedlings in the next few weeks. I'm also planning on interplanting herbs and flowers in the containers instead of having them separate. Lettuce too, though I'll keep it to a reasonable amount this time ;) Keep the warm weather coming!

I'll close on the "bountiful" harvest collected during all this gardening. If you squint, and mistake the size of my cherry for a roma tomato, then it could pass for a decent harvest... almost ;)


  1. It all looks great! I wish I could actually grow this stuff that you grow. Do you plant your leggy tomatoes deeper than they were in their original pot? I usually pull the lower leaves off, leave just a few near the top and plant it on sort of a diagonal- not so much that I risk snapping the stem. The stem will send out roots and you "fix" the legginess problem. Sorry if you already know this tip!

    I left you a meme award on my blog! :)

  2. Hi Dot, you have made the brave effort with the veggie gardening and actually have stuff to show for it! Good deal. We are on the opposite hemi from you, thinking about fall and plantings shutting down, leaves changing color before sailing for earth, temps cooling slightly. You are just beginning, I am envious. :-)

  3. It is good to have flowers and veggies/herbs close by... they will help each other by mere presence.

  4. So nice to see spring planting as the heat overtakes us here. I find myself dreaming of spring.

  5. Thank you all for your comments =)

    I did plant the tomato deeper, thanks Wendy, and it seems to have really appreciated the transplant. Thanks for the meme award! I'll head on over and check out your blog xo