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Garden Update for February

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So here’s the vegetable garden as it stands today. A little different to the no-dig garden I installed only a month ago…

The plants have been madly growing up and out with the help of chook poo and sugarcane mulch. I can hardly recognise that these two photos are of the same plants in the same garden.

As you can see, I have also extended this garden and added a new garden bed below it. The extension was installed down in front of the verandah but the plants were getting too much sun there and were so stressed out they started dying after two days, so  I dragged the extension up and placed it next to the orginal garden. The plants that survived are doing much better, but not nearly so well as the rest of the patch. The chook poo in that part of the garden was also sourced from Bunnings rather than the Northey Street City Farm and I’m wondering that has something to do with it as well.

There have been a few little surprises in the past week:

One of the strawberry plants (Euroka) is covered in little white flowers.. fruit is on its way 🙂

The rosellas are budding…

… and so is the pumpkin.

It’s not all goodness though as the pumpkin and zucchini are covered in this mould or mildew…

Some quick research suggests that these plants are not getting enough sunlight during the day or have been planted too close together for the air to circulate well enough. It could simply be that the humid Brisbane summer is to blame. After the last two rainy wet seasons we’ve had fungus seems to flourish on anything. I’m not sure what to do about this to stop the plant dying or affecting the crop. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know in the comments section.

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  1. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Rosella jam, Pumpkin soup, pumpkin scones, zucchini slice, strawberry & cream…. think I might need to visit soon.

    Some ideas to fix your problem of fungus…

    You can change the plant’s location and growing conditions in addition to spraying it with the following preparation.
    3 tablespoons baking soda mixed with 3 tablespoons oil (horticultural, vegetable, olive, or corn) mixed with a few drops of dish washing liquid in a gallon of water. Spray the entire plant, repeated applications may be necessary.

    As you can’t really change the postition of your garden for your current plants, try watering them by flooding the bed & not spraying from above. This would keep the folage dryer.

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