two blogs in one day
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
So after I watered everything this morning I went back before lunch to harvest some beans. Bush beans; and I got enough today for two meals. I will be going bak daily from now on for at least a while. So that worked out. Also as mentioned this morning I dug out the potatoes. Now, the potatoes was an experiment since I didn't know if they would grow at all here. So I only put in four plants. I dug out medium sized, a little smaller then my fist, and several smaller potatoes... the kind you use in potato salad. They look wonderful and there are enough for several meals. I pulled off 4 tomatoes all together and have at least three more on the same vine. The big tall vine has finely blossoms so lets hope it will bring some fruit as well. I dug out all the plants that were puny and underdeveloped and transferred them to a more sunny spot that came open when I pulled my radishes. I amended the soil with some fresh dug compost and added some compost tea to the plants. The barrel that the potatoes were in I'll fill with lettuce seeds in a day or two. I also will try potatoes again in late August, so they have a chance to come up before the first frost in late November/early December. after all that I spend some time with my worms. remember a couple of weeks ago I was talking a bout my worm farm. Well, its going well and today we (hubby helped) poured off some of the compost tea that collects in the bottom of the second bin. It's basically moisture that comes from the composted material the worms work their way through that drips into the bottom of the bin through the predrilled holes. The holes are too small for the worms to escape and frankly why would they when all their food is on top. So we have to lift the bin (the one that is stacked on top) to get to the liquid on the bottom. It was real dark and smelled rich with the color more of coffee then tea. This gets diluted ... I used 4 to 1 ratio for this first time to see how it goes. The diluted mix is than used like any other plant food to water the plants around the roots. In the heat I don't pour anything on the plants as it will scorch the leaves sometimes. So over the next week or so we now observe if there is a difference to the plants that received this nutrient boost. The other part I need to look into is how to harvest the worm casings from my worm farm without getting all the worms in it as well. Also, somehow I think my worms are living a bit too wet, there is too much moisture in there, so I'll have to add some dry peat moss to it and see if that helps. Gardening is so much fun and science, who knew !?