After a very successful tomato harvest last year, we thought we’d give it another go this year. Unfortunately, we also got rid of our vegetable garden to build a BBQ area so we put our tomato plants into tubs this year. I also planted some pak choi (chinese cabbage) and some lettuce with the kids, so that they could watch their plants grow.
The first lettuce and pak choi seedlings succumbed to slugs when we had an unusual amount of rain. The second lot of lettuce seedlings got ‘harvested’ by the kids who wanted to pull out the weeds and the third got decimated by caterpillars! I decided to take on the caterpillars/slugs with a homemade, organic pesticide (see recipe below) and, at the moment, both plants are flourishing. The lettuce leaves are about 15cm long and I could probably start using them. We have also harvested out first tomato and a second is nearly ready for picking.
As if this wasn’t enough, my wife decided that a piece of land in her folks’ back garden would be perfect for growing veges so last weekend it was my job to prepare and plant this garden too. I spent Saturday afternoon turning over soil and digging in the compost from the compost heap. I came face to face with some of the biggest earthworms I have ever seen! Sunday morning was spent planting radishes, tomatoes, lettuce, capsicums, garlic and potatoes.
Let’s hope that all this work isn’t in vain and that the heat doesn’t destroy everything. We are still in a drought in Melbourne after all!
Recipe for organic pesticide:
Mix some chopped onion, chopped garlic and chopped (very) hot chili with hot water. Or stick the mixture through a blender. Leave it overnight, pour it through a sieve to get the bits out then put the liquid in a spray bottle and spray it on your plants.