a herb shelf thingy i constructed out of things i found while clearing the garden. on top i’ve got two chamomile, underneath is repotted supermarket thyme and parsley. everything looks a bit anaemic cos it was all in dire need of repotting, but this system has kept the pests off the younglings and kept everything healthy and watered/sunned. beaut. gonna do the same for my chillies, because slugs seem to have a spice tolerance these days.
my gardening assistant, doing a bit of sweeping while i have a fag break. ed used to have this really annoying habit of getting pictures of me without me knowing he was doing it. i figured out how to turn off the shutter sound on my phone recently (shut up yeah, technology takes me a while) and have launched a minor counterattack.
it took ed and i two afternoons last week to clear the garden out to even this state. it will be worth it when i’ve managed to get a green space for my housemates and i to hang out in, where i can grow fruit, veg, and herbs.
Beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat the more you fart, the more you fart, the more you eat, the more you sit on the toilet seat!
hahaha, yeah I’m not growing up anytime soon. I still consider that to be the finest poem ever written about vegetables, and teach it to pretty much every little kid I know. I’m amazed these plants are doing so well, they were freebies from the neighbours which I gave them an olive focaccia to say thanks for.
My cherry tomatoes are covered in fruits. They look, at the moment, like Christmas baubles. I don’t know if they’re going to be red or yellow yet. I don’t think i’ll ever label plants properly, the excitement of seeing what things will eventually turn out to be is so much fun I don’t want to miss out on it.
I can’t remember if this is a serrano chilli or banana pepper plant, but it’s got some flowers on it, which is a good thing and I am very excited. I have loads of chilli plants and am hoping for a mega harvest so i can make tons of spicy food to stave off the hideous winter bike rides to work. The chilli harvest may be made even bigger by the fact that Ed and I went to wahaca again last saturday and I got a whole ‘nother handful of their little serrano seed matchbooks. if I end up with as many as i probably will i’ll blatantly be ringing up my old housemate Lara and begging her for her excellent chilli chutney recipe (a jar used to barely last a week in 3a festing buildings, it was amazing).
These tomatoes were too big for their pots and not getting enough water and looking all shrively, and the chilli plant (can’t tell if it’s serrano or banana pepper) was getting mercilessly attacked by slugs, so i dug them a nice new bed in about twenty minutes yesterday, in the hopes they’ll be happier. i’m trying to mostly move away from container gardening and get established beds going to improve the soil in this garden and get some semblance of crop rotation going. I also want some established beds for when it comes to time to plant fruit bushes in late autumn. so far, so good.