Monday, October 23, 2017

Whew, sowing is finished

I have finally finished digging the beds and filling them up. Many seedlings are already sprouting and in a couple more weeks I will be able to see what needs replanting, hopefully very little.

I have been able to keep the earth mites in check with spray but I was hoping to be able to get some predatory mites to help deal with them. Unfortunately the predatory mites that will target them will only survive with warmer nights and the nights so far have been to cold to use them. I think that the nights are going to start warming up at the same time that the earth mites go dormant so I think it will be a waste of money to buy predatory mites this year.

Although the main block looks fairly clean and ready for growing I can see that a lot of nightshade and other weeds are sprouting heavily right now so I think it will be a busy year for hand weeding. Now that all the beds are full I will not be able to use weedicide from now on so it will be hoeing or down on my knees for the next few months.

Although the nights have been a bit cold my beds of beans are starting to show themselves now. There has been some snail damage but I shouldn't have to replant many.

I have put in the beans that stood up to the heat the best last year so these beds should be full and luscious in a month or two. I don't really like eating beans but they are satisfying to grow.

To stop the rabbits this year I am going to make up some hot chilli spray from dried chilies I have left over from a couple of years ago.

This year, instead of spending so much time planting corn seeds one by one, I have experimented with hand scattering the seed. I thought that since I lose a lot of seed to birds and mice that it might end up in bigger production and I will be able to afford to lose some seed or plants.

The beds are a bit crowded and I don't know yet if it is bad enough that I will have to thin, but it was so much faster - even though it used much more seed than individual planting.

I will keep you up to date on how this goes and how it affects production. And will update regularly with more pictures.

I have a lot of oca in this year and they are sprouting now too. I really hope they do better than last year.

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