Sunday, May 23, 2010

in the urban garden

As usual I had to revamp the whole garden- I suppose it's all about trial and error when you're a beginner. A lot of the vegetables I planted from seed into the front plot became dwarfed because of the lack of sunlight. During the summer they were getting up to 6 hours of direct sun a day but now same little patch only gets 2 hours of sun in the early morning. Such a shame because it is the only plantable land on our rental property.

So I transferred all the veggies- beetroot, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas and mustard greens- from the front into pots on the sunny back porch. Only time will tell if they will survive such cramped living containers. In the shady area I planted some native violet, winter rose and mona lavender which are all apparently happy without a lot of sunlight. Here's hoping I'll still have a little winter harvest at the end of the season.

Wishing you a cozy Sunday evening.

xo

5 comments:

Kristi said...

It is frustrating not having the land or space to grow. I hope you get a little Winter harvest too.

Kate said...

Good for you for trying though. Winter planting is always a juggle with limited sunlight, wet and frosts. I hope you have a delicious winter harvest too.

Gina said...

Oh, I'm just inspired by your persistence in planting. I'm yet to attempt to really plant and nurture anything (we have no outdoor space of our own) and the lemon trees I have in pots framing the door are looking dismal. The leafy greens look gorgeous and encouraging... maybe I'll try again to pot some stuff. Sigh. One day we'll find somewhere with a patch of dirt in the sun...

Bianca said...

I planted up my salad veggies this weekend too. (I have sore bum muscles to prove it!) Mine go well in pots (we rent too) - the shallow rooted plants anyway, lettuce, chives, rocket - all your salady plants and some herbs -so long as there is plenty of poop mixed in. For your bigger veggies -brocoli, cauli, carrots, silverbeet etc, sounds funny but, an old bath tub works a treat! and you can move it about (you have to move the dirt separately or its too heavy) but it gives the dirt enough space to become 'balanced' and worms will love it, and then with some poop and some mulch, they make the best planter tubs. Beats paying a couple of hundred for a corugated steel vegie planter. I'm trying to sweet talk my brother in law into making a frame to make it look a little nicer.

Little Ted Canvas said...

I hope its a success for you, fingers crossed!

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