Apr 07 2014
Like I said in my April Farm Update post
, March was mostly hot and dry, with a 100 mm rain in the final week. I continued condensing the garden into a smaller area to make the most of the grey water and planned for continued dry times. Before the rain we didn't have much to harvest, a few large tromboncinos, lots more chillies (even though I've not been watering the chilli bushes), kale and a few herbs. And some carrot seeds. Now of course everything is green and growing again! I took all these photos before it rained, so I'll show you the green next month :)
|the March harvest basket|
I had access to lots of mulch in the form of hay that our house cows wasted, so there is now a nice thick covering on the garden in all the areas that are not actively growing anything. I have found that the water is absorbed more effectively if I dig small holes around the the plants I want to keep and water straight into the holes. Kind of like mini garden swales.
|mulch on the bare areas|
|the green end - the herbs|
I have been thinking that I need to make better use of the small area that we are watering, and I should really plant some root vege seeds there. Usually in winter we don't get heaps of rain, but we don't get the hot days and evaporation rates that we've had over summer either, and sometimes the grey water is even too much and the soil gets too soggy, so I'm HOPING that we will be able to use more of the garden gradually as the weather changes, but in the meantime, I think I need to use the small area that we have more effectively.
The few things that ARE growing, are the tromboncinos, the high-priority hebs, and the rosellas (very slowly).
So in April I am planning to plant a few root vege seeds - carrot, radish, beet, swede, maybe some peas and broad beans. I'll continue mulching and building up the soil. I will harvest what I can and keep the herbs going.
How was your garden in March? What are your plans for April?
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