By Big Dave from SLN
From the Garden Experiment Blog Series
This week there have been a lot of things going on in our giant garden, which we've affectionately nicknamed "The Marketing Jungle".
The lettuce seems to be doing well. There's a lot of drooping going on because the leaves are getting so big but everything is growing well. I added a bit of extra soil around the edges and have been watering it more since the soil is fairly shallow. I've read that a lot of soil is recommended to hold water better, but Jennie says that shallow soil should be fine since we're on top of watering it often.
One of my new favorites is a mystery box plant, which we think is the radish half of the radish/peas box. The stems of these have a reddish tint, and they're growing really fast. Between the radishes and the lettuce, we're hoping to have a decent salad ready in a month or so. :)
Also doing well:
- Chamomile, which has come up quickly but is growing slow
- Green beans, which are soldiering on quite well
- A bit of the second mystery box (lemon and cinnamon basil varieties)
Our cucumber and pepper boxes had a bit of a mishap though. It turns out some of Erin's boxes from home had ants, so those have been left outside. Rain did some serious damage to a box with peppers, but the cucumbers look strong as ever.
Today, we've also made some more new additions:
- Pots with tomato plants interspersed with the boxes.
- A new box with half cayenne peppers and half lettuce.
- The old pepper box now houses some wild strawberry plants we hope to sustain.
- Soon we also hope to plant spinach in a larger box in a shadier area of the office.
As always, keep checking back for our progress, and as we get tips we'll do our best to share them here!