Edible Garden – Stage One Update

On the weekend Nerdy Husband roped me into some demolition work.

It’s a long story.

However, to be fair, after a couple of swings of the hammer I didn’t need much more encouragement to stay and help.

Demolitioning is fun!

And also tiring, so not much sewing to report but I did manage to get a pattern traced off for the requested rugby shirt.

Nerdy Hubby has mentioned it at least 5 times so I thought I better show some progress.

I traced off a polo shirt pattern from an old Burda magazine, May 2007 I think, it’s one of those rare issues where they threw in some decent men’s patterns. I’ll be comparing this pattern to his favourite rtw rugby shirt and adjust it to suit.

I am trying to get back into the habit of doing a little bit of sewing each evening, it’s easy now that I can just pop into my room. Tonight I plan to get the sleeves onto the Simplicity 2364 top I am making – here is a sneak peak I posted pre-move.

I have completely lost the entire pattern and instructions somewhere, I am confident they will show up eventually, like a lot of other things I thought I “lost” after unpacking – a magazine box of Burda magazines and an entire pre-cut project to name just two. Not having something like instructions hasn’t stopped me in the past but it is annoying, I quite like that pattern!

So instead of sewing I have a quick edible garden update for those interested 😉

Before the demolitioning I got my herb seedlings & seeds planted:

I started on Saturday morning by planting my tomato plants across the back.

After being bundled together for a couple of days supporting each other a few of them packed a sad around lunchtime and fell over decided to recline on the dirt:

They started to pick up later in the day and I hoped that the fence would protect them from the wind while their stems strengthen and thicken up. It sort of worked but typical Wellington, after I planted these on a calm Saturday the wind picked up over night and on Sunday it was quite gusty. These poor little guys were flopping all over the place! Lucky I found some bamboo stakes in our cupboard of randomness and I tied them up which helped a lot! Our back yard is pretty sheltered but if it becomes a huge problem I am already planning a small wind break.

This boring gap is a row of carrots & two rows of spinach seeds:

And here are my herbs!

Parsley & Coriander:

Thyme, Sage & Oregano:

I just realised I don’t have any Basil! This shall be remedied next weekend…oh wait, I don’t have any room…well I guess I’ll just have to remedy that too!

My temporary plant markers are made from a cut up yoghurt pot. I couldn’t bring myself to pay real money for the ones in the shop so I improvised. Later I will make a more permanent solution. I am thinking either flattened spoons with punched letters like these (would mean finding or buying metal letter punches which are exxy!) or maybe painted rocks like this (appeals to the arty side of me).

Unsurprisingly Geologist Husband approves of the painted rocks idea.

To finish up I planted some seeds for later transplant, they’re not very exciting yet but you know…

Celery, Leek, Pak Choi + Beans that I got on a whim while at Bunnings:

I bought the $4 seed raising trays as opposed to the $12 trays. Apparently the $8 cost saving means my lids are less wind resistant, so masking tape it is.

I didn’t promise this would be glamorous 😉

But look at them all nice and steamy and germinating! Well I hope, I have no idea how long any of these seeds will take to sprout! 🙂 I should probably read the rest of the seed packet, after the bit about “plant into trays early spring”, I get points for enthusiasm though, right? I am guessing the beans will be up first so it might have been a mistake to plant them with the others, oh well, that’s just part of the fun.


2 thoughts on “Edible Garden – Stage One Update

    • Pots definitely have their own advantage, like no weeds! On Saturday I was squinting at my carrots area trying to decide if I was seeing sprouting carrots or weeds, haha. I guess I’ll find out soon enough 🙂

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