Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Week 10 - First Harvest

In the next week I am hoping that we will be harvesting the first of the fruit and vegetables from the garden. The photo on the left shows the squash which will probably be ready to eat shortly. There are also more female flowers blossoming which I am trying to pollinate. These should start to fruit in a couple of weeks.

The other thing that is ready to pick is a single strawberry. This photo shows the strawberry. One or two days and this should be ready to eat.

The photo below shows the current garden and plant growth.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Week 9 - Comparison of Growth

The image above shows the amount of growth in just 20 days of growing time. The image on the left was taken on the 24th October 2009. The image on the right was taken on the 14th November 2009.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Week 9 - Hand Pollination

Lots of rain over the last two weeks, which has resulted in more plant growth. The squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries are all starting to flower.

I was given some advice regarding the pollination of the squash flowers. For the fruit to appear the female flowers need to be pollinated. It is possible to let nature take its course and let insects perform the pollination but this can be a little hit and miss due to the short time the flowers are blooming.

This article describes the process of hand pollination and includes pictures to show the differences between the male and female flowers.

Other work performed this weekend was to fertilize the  bed using a seaweed fertilizer and replenish the snail baits as they deteriorate after rain. The baits are required as the number of snails has increased dramatically since we have had so much rain.

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