Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cucumber, Tomatoes, Potatoes and Bird Netting

 Hi Aunty,

Finally...the cucumbers and tomatoes are coming in and boy, are they tasty.



I cleared the raised potato bed. I harvested about 150 potatoes...mostly medium to large...with several small ones as seen above.  These ones were used in a stew and tasted great. I still have 4 pots worth and those in the lawn bed as well as assorted plants around the garden.

Bird Netting
I got so tired of the resident birds digging up and eating my seeds or at the least casting aside the seedlings I was trying to grow.  I finally remembered that I had some bird netting.... Dur!....cast it over the raised beds and relaxed. It worked!  What a relief!  The bees can get through the holes but the white butterfly and birds are kept out. I wonder if I will have enough sunny hot days left for the melons to grow and ripen. I was so happy with the success of the bird netting I have bought some more. WOW, I can grow broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts without worrying about the white butterfly and its young eating  my plants. I will definitely be using bird netting whenever I can from now on.

My Fall/Winter crops are in.  I have sown carrots, radish, broad beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, cabbage and lettuce.