|Starfleet Chief Engineer Scottie, part-time bike riding urban gardener|
Some of the plants seeds that were sown directly into the garden soil are now also sprouting up, including some of the lemon cucumbers, assorted peas, and a few of the squash. As for the rest of the sowed seeds... well, only time will tell.
Weeds were also starting to sprout, and thus lower garden and the terrace containers were weeded for the ubiquitous maple tree seedlings, dandelions, and broadleaf plantains.
We are also continuing to organize the garden and over the last weeks planted even more new stuff. Among that new stuff, we now have a rhubarb crown.
To add more colour to the garden, flowers seeds were sowed into the terrace planters. We also built new containers to grow carrots and root vegetables. To construct them, the bottom of the plastic recycling containers were drilled to provide drainage. The insides were then filled with a layer of larger rocks at the very bottom, some small gravel, and then filled to the top with compost.
Some of the seedlings that were started in shady windowsills got a bit "sunburnt" and bleached after their transplant outdoors. However, after a slow start they all seem to be doing fine now. The sowed seeds from the squash and snow peas have now fully developed their true leaves, while the snap peas and cucumbers are still in the cotyledon leaf stage.
This plant has a tendency to sprout and take over standard compost piles (and everything around it) so a proper disposal method must be devised. The first batch of knotweed of the year was rather tasty and we got rid of them by eating them, however these later sprouts from the second and third growths are more bitter and much less palatable. This means they have to be composted in a contained manner.
To do this, we packed, stomped, and compressed the rhizomes and stalks into a bucket. Rocks were then piled on top of them and they are left to wither and ferment in the sun. They should be ready to be compost in the regular way by the end of the next month.
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