Happy New Year! Expecting dry times with El Niño and getting moderate rain is not a bad thing in the middle of summer for the food gardener.
Zucchinis, cucumbers and lettuces are producing and beans are coming on stream. Everything else is getting there.
Our tomatoes are formed and just waiting to ripen up.
To give them a boost I’m applying the liquid comfrey we made last month diluted. Pour all over the leaves in the early morning. It’s a stinky thing so be careful not to get it on your clothes. The dregs can go directly round your fruiting plants. Apply to capsicums and eggplants as well.
It was out with the onions and in with the kumara last week. That’s root crop to root crop rotation which is not the best but the only available space.
I hung the onions on the south side (coolest) of our house under an eave but with a cover over the top to make sure they don’t rot when it rains.
The Californian Reds were a dead loss but the Pukekohe Longkeeper did well. Maybe I’ll find another source of Californian Red seed this year, as I love red onions. It’s actually time to source your seeds for onions and leeks now as we’ll be sowing them this month. We recommend getting new seed every year for the best germination.
I forked through the garden bed first to aerate it, after all, those onions have been in there for a good 9 months. Then I plumped it up with the results of our latest hot compost heap.
I had put two kumara in the bedding pot to sprout slips, but only one fired. I got 13 good plants out of it however, so no complaints. That’s enough for us. I take a good chunk of the sprouts off the mother kumara at a time, then separate them out after that. That seems the best way to get good long roots off intact.
Then simply plant and apply Morganics or similar well-balanced organic fertiliser round each plant. Water in well and net. Those birds are getting way too cheeky, ripping out plants when a bed is not netted in their search for worms!
Last week I also put some carrots and radishes in. Maybe a bit warm for the carrots to germinate but the drizzly rain will give them the best chance. Radishes are starting to pop up.
I’ll be sowing seed for another zucchini and cucumber in the upcoming New Moon to see us through summer. And of course keep up your monthly seed sowing of leafy greens.
Happy January gardening!
From Jan and Rob