Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Harvesting Peas

This year's pea crop is exceptionally good. I always sow the 'American Wonder' variety. Its vines are supposed to be around 50 cm long. Somehow, it always grows bigger than that, and I use to make the support of twigs.

I got about 5 kg peas from the 1.5 x 2 m vegetable bed. I usually pack them into plastic boxes and freeze for winter. 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Garden in June

It must be a good combination of the weather conditions, my work, well fertilized and mulched soil that makes my garden so plentiful and abundant. I must say, I haven't noticed any pests or diseases so far. Maybe a few slugs here and there, but that's nothing in comparison to some other gardens where they ate all up.

Everything grows well, here are the Oregano, Thyme, and Lemon Balm in the centre of my vegetable garden. 

The French bean 'Blauhilde' grows happily together with the pot marigolds.  

The red currant soon will be ready for picking. I have six bushes, and it will be plenty of berries to make the jelly. 

Friday, 1 June 2018

Vegetable Garden

Yesterday morning I made a new vegetable bed which is not on my plot, but behind the fence. This part of the land belongs to the town, but it is not used for any purpose. It is secluded and away from the view of people being divided from the town park by the green fence of Forsythias. I keep it clear from the weeds anyway. Last year I decided to make some beds and plant the vegetables on that part of the land too.

In my regular vegetable garden, some five days ago I planted the tomatoes grown from seeds. The courgettes are sown directly on site. I use the edges of the beds to sow the salads for further transplanting. 

The pea plants are tall again though they are supposed to be low growing variety 'Wonder of America'. I always put some branches into the soil that serve as the support.

The French bean 'Blau Hilde' is growing nicely. I made the sturdy support in the Spring to keep the lush growing plants in the place. One I am looking forward to dark purple pods of this heirloom variety.

The beetroots 'Cylindra' and 'Boltardy' are looking good.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Organic Fertilizer DIY

Sunday afternoon seemed perfect for a walk and I went to the river bank to pick up some sting nettles to make a liquid fertilizer. There were many ladybirds on the nettles, I wonder what do they love about it?
I also wanted to pick up comfrey but I found only one plant! I guess I need to look for it in another place.

Well, as you probably know, the smell isn't so good so, I keep the buckets near my compost pile.
I have the recipes for the concentrated nettle and comfrey fertilizers. 

Nettle concentrate: 1 kg nettles on 10 L water; leave it for two weeks. To use, make a solution of 1 part fertilizer and 10 parts water.
Comfrey concentrate: 1 kg comfrey on 15 L water; leave it for two weeks. To use, make a solution of 1 part fertilizer 10 parts water.

The solution is simply used to water the plants.