Sunday, April 29, 2012

2012/04/28 - Wow, things grow fast!

First the BEST news: we caught the critter!  It's a rat.  Cute little bugger, but doesn't need to be in my garden.  I asked fiance to drive him to somewhere with a field and drop him off.  I don't feel any urge to punish him for being a rat, I just don't want him eating my veggies any more.

We pulled out the last of the leeks last week.  They had a huge ball of compacted roots and clay pellets.

We also got the tomatoes tamed.  We pruned them back and caged them in.  Between that and removing the leeks we gained a lot of space.

And the seeds in the raft bed have really taken off!

Cilantro, basil, and strawberries are healthy (and we might actually get to EAT our strawberries now that That Critter is gone).
And the oregano is happy to have sunlight again.

It's a green and lush world in there!

We're planning to put a net mesh along each side wall, and use that as a trellis for the peas and cucumbers.  We'll probably move the brussels sprouts to the space vacated by the leeks.  The leafy stuff can stay in the raft bed.

It's so nice to have the garden back!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

2012/04/15 - Finally got some seeds started

First, check out the fish!  This was feeding time today:
They're all big, healthy, and hungry!

The leeks are beyond overgrown.  I'd left them in for nitrate control, but now that the other plants are established, it's really time to remove them.
The tomato plants are getting nice and big.  We'll need to get the cages on soon:

The cilantro is well established, and we'll have to start pinching it back so it doesn't get too leggy:
Basil and strawberries are well, though That Critter still gets every strawberry as soon as it's ripe:
Oregano and one lettuce are okay:

And I put a bunch of new seeds into pots in the raft bed!
But that's just one small part of one raft... out of 5 rafts:

Progress again.  What a relief!