I heard recently that you should have 3 hobbies for a long and healthy life. One that you make money from, one that is good for your health and one that is just for fun. Well, if I had to choose one that was just for fun it would be gardening ... and cooking. Ok, that's two hobbies, but who cares. A vegetable garden is something that I love to manage and this year I am trying to be a little more deliberate to make it a daily effort and keep on top of tasks. Doing small things every day helps with gardening rather than waiting for jobs to pile up and with vegetable gardening this is particularly true. I thought I'd share just a few things I'm loving that I am using to look after our teeny tiny vegetable garden that will hopefully soon be overflowing with crops to be harvested.
One. Heirloom Vegetables by Simon Rickard. This book was begging to be bought with its incredible and vibrant cover and it is a great insight to heirloom vegetables. Which ones are the best in Australia for the backyard gardener and some amazing stories of how the vegetables got their names.
Three. I've been using Things for my day to day task lists for work for years and have now created re-occuring tasks for the garden too. I can make a note to be reminded every 2 weeks to liquid fertilize the garden or for when I need to plant out my seedlings to the garden. I also have reminders about when to prune my hydrangeas or when to fertilise my citrus plants, which makes it a no brainer.
Four. Sunscreen. With my english complexion, I try to make it a point to never garden without a good lashing of sunscreen and this one from La Roche-Posay is a whopping 50+ which I put on my face, neck, décolletage and arms and hands.
Five. This little greenhouse is for lettuces and asian greens that will be planted out at about 6-8 weeks old while most of the other plants are sown direct in the garden. At just $26 this is a bargain and easily reusable throughout the year.
Six. I decided that my entire vegetable garden this winter/spring is going to be planted from heirloom seeds and using the Heirloom Vegetable book as a reference, I ordered my seeds from Diggers online. In WA we have some strong restrictions from quarantine but my seeds came within a couple of weeks with no additional cost from quarantine which was great. We're going to be drowning in peas and beans, I have so many planted!