It is 8 days since I planted the seeds which I wrote about in my previous post and I am pleased to report success, almost beyond my wildest dreams.
Here are the trays of cabbage and cauliflower. It looks as though the germination rate was almost 100%.
The cauliflower had begun to lean towards the sun so I brought them out from their sheltered spot and they are now in the full sun on some mesh which is covering one of the garden beds. The mesh is to keep the scrub turkeys out of the sweet potato which I transplanted from the compost heap.
The broccoli seedlings are also looking good but a few days behind the others.
The germination rate of these is also excellent as I think there were only 20 seeds in the packet – they are a hybrid bred specifically for our warmer sub-tropical climate.
The celery and spinach are still in the sheltered area and I continue to be hopeful. I think I can see some celery just poking through the soil but the spinach are not showing any signs of life just yet.
The red cabbage seedlings have doubled in size in a week and the beans which I planted directly in the bed are growing at a rapid pace.
On another note, and related to the garden, I wanted to show you a bit of work we did last week.
When we fenced the area for the vegetable garden we installed a couple of gates. Due to the slope of the land we set this timber sleeper beneath the wide gate. It has stayed in position and works well.
There did not seem to be a need under the standard width gate but over time we have noticed that the ground had settled and a few rocks were placed to thwart the efforts of the chickens to access the enclosed area.
So last weekend we found another sleeper and cut a piece for this gate.
I need to encourage the grass to grow on this side of the gate. I am not worried about the enclosed area as that will eventually all be mulched with no grass at all.
While we were doing this we decided to also do the gate for the chicken run which had the same problem.
The gate is propped open as the girls were out free-ranging when I took this photo this afternoon.