I'm itching to plant out our vegetable and tomato gardens here at Struan Farm but am holding off on most things until Labour Weekend, the traditional date by which most frost risk is passed. I do have edible flowers, coriander, parsley, radishes, and spring onion growing, along with garlic and shallots. And a few days ago I couldn't restrain myself, and went a bit wild putting a few different varieties of pea seeds in, thinking we'll enjoy the sprouts as well as some peas, as well as the Benhorn carrots and Santana spinach. None of those mind cool weather, in fact prefer it.
I've set out the tomato stakes and bean supports and enhanced the troughs and beds with sheep pellets, blood and bone, fertiliser. I'm watching the seedling tomatoes, basil, parsley, chile, zucchini, pumpkin, and butternut grow in the warmth of the glasshouse (along with the marigolds, zinnia, chocolate cosmos, and echinacea). It's bursting at the seams.
This year I'm planting peas, beans, tomatoes (of course: 20 plants at least, eight different heirloom varieties), edible flowers (borage, cornflower, calendula, viola, nasturtium), garlic, shallots, radishes, spring onion, coriander, parsley, sage, dill, thyme, mint, rosemary, zucchini, pumpkin, butternut, chiles, corn, lettuces/mesclun, carrots, spinach. I'm sure I've forgotten something! And I just realised it's the potatoes. I've got two different types of seed potatoes chitting in the garage to be planted out as well.
Enjoy a wee tour as we count down to veggies (and tomatoes, which are technically a fruit).
We don't water the garlic or shallots at all since they prefer to be dry, pretty much leave them to the rain. In the back are are supports for peas, corn and tomatoes beyond. The tomatoes need to be rotated around the gardens each year.
I'm planting the black cherry tomatoes around the water tank in the back, where they can sprawl all over:
The potatoes will go below, after I dig trenches on Labour Weekend. I'm planting Agria, which is a main type of crop, along with an earlier type. John is always hoping for new potatoes for Christmas, which may or may not happen.
Last but not least the groaning glasshouse. I'm starting to share tomato plants at the Piopio Community Fruit & Veg Stand to give me room to pot up basil, parsley and the flowers. At the moment I have neither the room nor the pots for that!