In early September of this year, Hubby (Ben), Freya and I prepared the soil for our Spring/Summer 2014 veggie garden and planted a large selection of veggies, herbs & citrus fruits. We extended the patch this time to increase our yield.
Gardening is another love of mine, in particular nurturing a veggie garden to produce fresh organic fruits & vegetables. I find it very therapeutic. It is also very rewarding & satisfying to pick fresh veggies from your own garden and prepare them for your family’s meal.
To begin, we prepared our garden bed soil. This involved:-
* Adding and mixing through the soil a concoction of cow manure & compost (from our own compost bin)
* Planting veggies, herbs & fruits
* Feeding plants with blood & bone
The selection of plants this year included:-
– Zucchini (with Zucchini flowers)
There are a few things that I have done differently this year such as rotating crops (it’s important not to replant the veggies in the same spots as previous year) and constructed trellises for the vine plants – the cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchinis – to grasp and climb up (this keeps the plants off the ground with cleaner fruit that is less susceptible to ground dwelling pests & soil disease organisms that can spoil your harvest and cause rooting).
It has been vital to maintain our veggie garden by constantly watering, weeding, feeding with additional nutrients such as seaweed mix and blood & bone, re-mulching, and pruning the plants of unnecessary leaves (especially on the tomato vines) that suck up all the nutrients from the vegetables. I’ve had to spray the plants once with an organic spray called Success to rid of a few pests, but otherwise no use of chemicals.
So far we have an abundance of cucumbers, zucchinis, basil, oregano and rosemary. The corn, tomatoes, eggplants, capsicum and celery are fast becoming ready to harvest and I’m looking forward to employing them in our kitchen. Moreover, I look forward to sharing my cooking and recipes of these wonderful vegetables so stay tuned.