On May 30, all the purchased seed varieties have entered the ground. Something placed more thoughtfully than anything else.
I think I get a lot of valuable experiences… .. It is a more edible approach to what is not going as it should - than the realization that I have not thought enough about and made mistakes. You probably decide that 'rule' yourself.
Rule number 1; you decide for yourself whether it is experiment, error, haste or the weather…
Things are picking up speed in the beds, but the workload is currently for downward. No more planting, daily watering with nebulizer and attention to delicate seedlings. There is no need to support and tie up or thin out yet. The self-watering is in full swing where possible. But there will be water in the beds without that device.
The potatoes are not being tipped for reliable advice - I hope at least - and the fertilizer is still not realized. It will hopefully be before this writing is reproduced.
There have been no inappropriate growths yet (have removed 3-4 small green indefinable green bumps), which is invaluable. Also excluded are unwanted guests (various insects and reptiles) for the ‘take what you like’ buffet. So it has not been a challenge either.
It makes it a pleasure to pass, with and without guests. You do not have a bad conscience and do not have to respond to sarcastic remarks such as ‘and then you also grow horseradish’.
It just looks virgin but promising. One can sense it will later look lush …… .if it succeeds.
Has 'harvested' for the first time on 1 June - a little pickled lettuce. The great thing about it was that I did not even have to rinse it with subsequent soft, smooth and wet salad for result, because I had not shared it with snail families or insects etc. as I can remember it from when it was in the 'outdoors '.
It was decidedly disgusting to come in with freshly picked salad and slap your head on the newly purchased delicious cutting board, to see you were number two in the bud after a slimy invertebrate mutant of the snail family thick and fat of the kitchen garden's bliss - bon appetit.
So apart from my intact salad mix in no way reflecting the nice mix of different colored leaves on the package, I got some fresh, very similar, green leaves, which were a bit ‘well done’ compared to the tender / crisp stage; since I probably could have harvested the first ones somewhat earlier than I did.
They still tasted much better, because the experience of the completely fresh and home-grown also comes into play. It may not be experience economy, but experience gastronomy (maybe a little overwhelming - it's just a little salad leaves) - and a little economy, because it feels a bit free (at least on offer).
I did not tear it up by root, but cut it off, because maybe it shoots again - it could be great. Will return to it when I know a little more.
The salad is clipped instead of being uprooted.
June 6 was the day when fertilized - but not strawberries (must not be fertilized until after the harvest), potatoes (do not know if they should have been) and finally peas, because I mean to remember, they give off a lot themselves and therefore not to be fertilized.
It was very much by chance; I have given instructions on both the products (fertilizer as well as the seed packets) and the net. Instructions are so varied from producer to producer (probably due to the types of fertilizer) and the item to be fertilized.
So that would be the art of the impossible with all that I have planted together in the beds.
The plants that do not need to be fertilized will probably also get a little snatched here and there anyway.
Due to lack of time, I have not been able to remove the plastic cover. Actually because it is my opinion to clean it before it is put away for later use (will retain the opportunity to see through), and there has not just been priority time for that.
But with the wind and torrential rain that has been on the land register the last few days, it has probably been luck in misfortune. For everything stands tall and beautiful - and squeezed - for the thinning has, as mentioned earlier, not taken place yet. But it will come soon, because there is good growth now.
The nets on the beds also take the worst speed of the rain; this means that no holes have been made in lettuce leaves and the strawberries have not been beaten for counting and with soil all over.
The leaves from especially potatoes and (a little) strawberries probably also carry a little of the credit for providing shelter from the rain, so they unfortunately also put the neighbors in the shade.
It provides difficult conditions for e.g. parsley, which is sown a little late and has not been given a fair chance to germinate. Maybe I can remove some of the leaves from the potatoes - I do not know about damaging their growth.
Think possibly the potatoes will come in buckets next year; partly they themselves fill a lot, but so does their shadow field. ……. Maybe experience number 1.