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Saturday, October 20, 2012

First garlic

(If this is the first time you are reading my blog on vege patch - rest assure that I don't have green fingers and have no formal qualification in agricultural science.  This is really a hobby.  As most gardeners will tell you, we get to consume the plant we grow twice - first the satisfaction of watching them grow, and the final consumption of the plant.)

As an experiment, I planted garlic in autumn, using the garlic bought from the shop that has started shooting.  Here is my first harvest of ONE garlic.
My first garlic harvest
Rock melon and tomato seedlings are coming along nicely, I planted them a few weeks ago.  The rock melon seed was collected from one I bought from the shop, which was so tasty and juicy, I decided to save the seed and try my luck in planting.  The tomota seeds were collected from last season.

Rock melon

 My new toy in the garden - a worm farm.  Just bought it last Friday with 2000 worms. I counted all of them!  This is the project I have been thinking about for 2 years.  It takes me that long before I make the move. Worm juice is collected from the bottom tray (it's hard to see, but there is a tap there) and make great fertilizer.  The worm cast also makes great compost for the garden.
worm farm
The strawberries are here, I just transferred these to the containers.
 But wait, there is more!  I need to transfer these and add some mulch and compost.

 New chook house was built in September.  You can see the chooks looking after the nectarine tree.  The nectarine tree came out of the compost and we haven't harvested any fruit.  This could be the first year.

Close-up of nectarine