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!


  1. How long did it take to grow that leek? We are just starting in aquaponics and are wondering about growth times.
    Your set up looks great.

  2. I'm sorry, I no longer remember, but it wasn't very long. And obviously I let it get way too big. Tomatoes and leafy greens grow very quickly, and are great for using up excess ammonia -> nitrates.