It has been a busy few days here at Brookwood Shire. The gardens are all coming along nicely as Nature continues to bloom in abundance. Recent rains have caused an explosion of greenery every where. The leaves are fully out and there is a greenish hue to the world. Just wonderful.
We are still not past our last frost date here so tender plants are still in their pots, out in the sunshine during the day and tucked safely into the little greenhouses or in the house at night. But the more hardy things have been planted.
The peas are getting bigger every day. They will start to climb soon. I planted two kinds this year. The “regular” climbing kind and an heirloom type that is short. The package said 18″ and they don’t need any support. I planted a row of them in front of the others, a bit away from the pea fence. They seem the same as the others so far.
The tender plants are finally looking ready for the outdoors. No longer babies, their time will come.
The girls continue to work on the pumpkin patch.
The latest addition to Brookwood Shire is my potato patch.
It is another permaculture experiment. I saw a video on You Tube of one in Australia. You basically put down a thin layer of compost and then a thick layer of wet newspapers. You place the potatoes on the newspaper and cover with straw. Add manure and more compost to the straw. Water as you go. Add some wood shavings to block out the sun and just leave it. At the end of the summer you should have potato plants and tons of potatoes! Wouldn’t that be wonderful! If it doesn’t work I at least will have a new bed all ready for planting next year. And since I had potatoes sprouting in the cellar and I had newspapers, straw, compost and manure, it only cost me a couple of hours time. Fingers crossed for a good crop.
So you can see it has been a very busy few days here.
And while I was busy working on the veggie gardens, Nature did this…