Gearing up for summer

This year, I don’t intend to have as many pots in the house as I would have done in previous years. For a start, I’ve only got four tomato plants this time, although I could end up with a large batch of sweetcorn. The first four of the latter have now been potted up and are growing nicely, thank goodness.

I have had the propagator with cucumber and butternut squash in the shed but I think it’s still to cold for any prospect of these germinating. So, the propagator has moved to a windowsill in the house. Anyway, we’ll see what happens now.

On a different note, I chopped up the fuchsia bush I recently took out of the front garden and put it at the base of my largest pot.

I haven’t used this pot since the yucca came out a couple of years ago and I think it is about time it was resurrected.

The plan is to first have woody material at the bottom, as you can see in the photo above. Then I will place bokashi solids and homemade compost over that before topping up with commercial compost. The shop-bought compost is properly ready for use, unlike my own, which will be better for the growing tomato plant I plan to put in the pot. However, I’m hoping that as it grows it will then be fed by the homemade compost and bokashi solids, which should be maturing by then.

I’m going to fill the pot next week and then cover it with plastic to keep the rain off and hopefully therefore prevent the nutrients from run-off. And as the tomato won’t be able to go in for another month, that should give my compost etc change to be ready for feeding as well.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to Gearing up for summer

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update thank you for sharing and have a blessed week

  2. Another good idea. Beats broken bits of pot for drainage

  3. That’s a great idea with the pot! The plant will love all that food .. I think the Bokasi juice is a winner (so are the scraps too 🙂)

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    What an excellent idea!

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  6. Lovely! I use to grow from seed but now I purchase plants, even though, it limits my selection.

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