It’s barely been a week but a lot has happened in the adventures of the New Acre vegetable patch! We’ve had growth spurts, some late bloomers an unfortunate loss, and perhaps most importantly some structural additions.
Over the course of the week, the patch itself has gone from strength to strength (the weather has definitely helped) and though it needed a fair bit of weeding, all of the vegetables are really beginning to look healthy.
The peas are looking fabulous and we couldn’t be happier with the spring onions which will probably be ready for harvest in a few weeks time (they usually take around 8 weeks total from sow to harvest).
We’re also very pleased with how the beetroots are coming along too, as we were initially concerned with their slow growth compared to the rest of the patch. We needn’t have feared however, as look at them now!
The herbs, tomatoes and chilli peppers are still doing great in their pots and we’re now at a point where we need to decide whether it’s worth moving them into the patch or letting them be to reach their full potential in their current homes. Though moving them over to the patch should be fine, they still currently have ample space and soil to grow so we’re undecided! If you have any additional info or advice on that, do let us know in the comments below.
Unfortunately, the basil didn’t make it through the current bout of warm weather and seemed to have dried up seemingly over a single day. It’s a shame as basil is a great and sturdy plant to pick from once grown but we’ve learnt a lot from our loss so at least there’s a silver lining. Just because it seems that everything has acclimatised to the permanent move from indoors to outdoors, doesn't necessarily mean they have and we'll be keeping that in mind going forward.
On the plus side, we’ve now made the patch more difficult for a certain big-eared, fluffy tailed critter to invade with the addition of a chicken wire fence running around the edge. We’ve also laid a few unused decking boards in-between some of the wider rows of veggies to allow for a sturdier walking platform through the patch. Continuous improvement is key!
Are you growing your own vegetables? Do you have any tips, questions or queries to share? Either way we’d love to hear from you! Just leave us a comment below and one of the team will get back to you ASAP.