Bed 1 got some weeding action this weekend. I didn’t really have time or the motivation due to the heat to spend the hours out there weeding that it needed. Also due to a few nice spider webs, I could not reach the weeds from one side of the bed.
The first section of the bed still only holds the passionfruit I have planted. However it also has a sweet potato shooting up along the edge which you can just see at the closest side in this picture. The sweet potatoes are really growing strongly, I ended up pulling a few out just to clear some space in the garden.
The second section of the garden has the quite a bit of sweet potatoes, which it turns out like to harbour weeds. It was hard to cull the weeds under this mass of runners and leaves. They look fantastic though. There is my second sunflower that grew, its the smaller of the two. The sunflower seeds that I used were 4 different types, and due to the size difference of my two seedlings I am hoping this means I will get two different coloured sunflowers.
Section 3 of the bed has more of these sweet potatoes. They are really happy in the middle of the bed it seems. I am going to have to keep control of some of the runners as they are snaking out as you can see in this image. You can also see some of the weeks that are hiding beneath the sweet potato leaves. Between this section and the next are where the carrots were planted. They are actually right in the bottom right corner of this picture, but its hard to see. I have a close up below in the post.
Section 4 of the bed is still doing this best and has the most planted. Both of the seeded potatoes have sprung up and are looking fantastic. Also a sweet potato as come up on the edge. I was undecided about pulling it out, but I think I will have to or it will overtake this section of the garden.
The mint and chocolate mint planter has really taken off and enjoys its sunny position on the fence. You can see all the runners the chocolate mint is sending out, which is why my dad and I decided to plant them in a pot to save the rest of the yard from mint explosions.
The second planter box is doing really well also. The mint that was just on the left side has sent out runners below the oregano and is starting to come out on the right side. I am letting this just happen without worrying too much, the oregano is doing really well.
This is a close up of the larger sunflower. It looks fantastic already and I just cant wait to see how it grows, and what colour it will be.
These are my poor carrot seedlings. I planted 4 rows 5 cms apart from each other with about 20 seeds per row. I have about 8 carrots left. My mistake was not putting some sticks in the ground to stop the pesky birds from eating all of my seeds. It wasn’t something I had considered would be a problem, however after seeing a pigeon in the bed scratching around for the seeds I knew my mistake. Next time will be different. I plan on replanting the rows on either side of the current sprouted seedlings and using some dried sticks pointing up making a nice ‘shield’ around to protect them.