I was very excited the other day when I saw that my lentil sprouts had reached the surface of the soil, making a break for sunlight and freedom. I ran back inside and dragged Steve out to see them, picking up the camera on my way:
Two days later, they’re more than twice as tall, heading for 2cm. Very exciting. Here’s a look at the whole garden:
From right to left:
- Revived bulbs from last year, daffodils and fresias.
- More bulbs, and a sad looking sweet potato. I think the potato could use a bit more room – he’ll probably end up in the big white container on the left. In the meantime I’m hoping regular water and worm juice will help him.
- In here are my tiny lentil sprouts – if you look at the top of the first picture you can see a big stick and a small stick going into the mulch – that’s the frame you can see in this picture (baby plants so tiny!). There’s also two spring onions – I bought the rooty-est ones I could see in the shop, and I’m trying to see if they can establish themselves. They both seem to be growing a new leaf, so hopefully they’ll make it. Also in there are about half a dozen cloves of garlic, also chosen in the veggie shop for their growingness. I’ve split them apart to give them some room.
- This container is still empty. I’m going to fill it up with mulch this weekend. I’m tossing up between potatoes and a mandarin tree. I don’t think they’d happily coexist, at least, not if I wanted to dig up the taters. The sticks are for growing creeping things up – some tomatoes perhaps?
Still to come: tomatoes, lettuces and other leafy greens, some other things I haven’t decided on yet – misc herbs? I’m watering and fertilising them every day with worm juice from work’s worm farm (my stolen worms are too few to produce much yet – if they’re even still alive, I can’t see them in the box). So far it seems to be working well. It’s very exciting.