February finally brought us some summery weather, yay.
We’ve been busily harvesting lettuce, silverbeet, courgettes, a few cucumbers and lots of epazote. Our little dwarf cherry tomato plants are loaded with trusses of tomatoes not far off starting to ripen.
Over 30 mint plants are settling in and we’ll do an initial light harvest this week. Coriander is being direct seeded and winter crops are coming along in trays ready for planting out in a month or two.
There is always a long list of tasks to be done but progress is being made and the amount harvested each week is slowly scaling up. Yus!
From the outset, we prioritised planting out one of our garden beds with flowers to provide food for bees and other beneficial insects. Bumblebees and honey bees have been loving the calendula and borage that have been flowering like crazy over the past few weeks. Beeple Honey Collective have hives sited a hand’s throw from the garden and it’s feeling good to be providing a little nectar for these girls and hopefully some other garden-beneficial. Both Calendula and Borage are also edible, so we’ve been harvesting the flowers for garnishes and salads.
Here a few pics showing our little corn patch cranking, the bed of calendula and borage, a Red Admiral Butterfly getting amongst some calendula nectar goodness and a little harvest from last week.
-Matt, Resident Boca Gardener