Critical mass – basil and mint for all

Abundant and multiple varieties of basil and mint – oh what a joy to the senses. It seems that we have reached a critical mass and that the uninvited basil / mint feeders can eat to their hearts content and we, the humans, still have as much as we would like.

Small tomatoes and tiny strawberries – one for everyone. But they need to be picked quickly or our creepy crawly friends get there first.

Happy holidays to all and looking forward to our 2015 gardening adventures.

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Critter control

caterpillarEarly on in our gardening adventures, we were dismayed to find these pesky beasts decimating our basil and mint.

They may be a pretty green, but in our view they’re criminals. When we find them, they take the fast train — that is, we throw them over the fence.

On the other side of that fence, there is a train line. What happens to them on the wrong side of the tracks is none of our business.

It may sound cruel, but it  works for us. Snails and slugs get the same treatment, although we also try to deter them with broken eggshells around the seedlings.

At least it’s more humane than the ‘firm shoe heel’ method suggested on this Whirlpool forum. And less icky. I love the smell of basil & mint on my fingers after combing through the foliage for caterpillars. Continue reading Critter control

From bare dirt to flowers

With another working bee coming up soon, I thought it was time to inspire us all (not that we need inspiration!) with some more photos.

These track our achievements since the first raised beds were set up in late September.

If you click on one picture, it will start a slideshow.

Spring developments

There have been a number of garden group developments over the past few weeks. With the warmer weather upon us, this is the perfect time for some vegetable planting and we seem to be on track for spring / summer Broughton Street garden adventures.

Some of the garden updates
• We have constructed two garden beds
• We have collected over 200 bricks. We have started to build a protective barrier around the garden beds – work in progress.
• The two garden beds have been filled with garden soil and topped with mushroom compost.
• Our in-ground mint has been sadly prey to snails over the past couple of months. Egg shells have been put down around three mint clusters in the hope that this will fend off our slithery friends and that we can enjoy home grown mint tea and other delights.
• We have a fly issue with the worm farm. We probably need more worms. The worm farm is currently full with food – so no more scraps necessary at this time.

If you are able to help we need
* egg shells (as many as possible) to dry, crush and put around our mint plants
* more worms for the worm farm

If you would like to join the garden group or want additional information please let me know bev_stoch@yahoo.com