It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve been out to Mum’s place, and checked on the Giant Edible Trellis. In that time the project has really kicked along.
We sowed the third and final phase of seeds back in week seven. The following varieties were planted:
- Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Pumpkin
- Jap Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Potimarron
- Zucchini Tromboncino
- New Guinea Bean
Most of them have germinated and are at the two leaf stage.
The moon and stars variety of watermelon is at the four leaf stage and looking fantastic. The cucumber seedlings, that were sown in phase two, with the watermelon are looking a bit worse for wear. Most of them have been damaged by the sparrows. A few seedlings remain, and with a bit of luck will survive and go on and thrive.
The tree tomato plants are looking very strong and healthy. The third and fourth leaves were more like a tamarillo than a true tomato shape. But the newest leaves are now more “tomato-like”. The plants are growing faster than most of our other varieties of tomatoes, that we’re growing this season.
The snowpeas are now up to 50 cm tall and are leaving the beans in their wake. There are already four flowers on them, we should be harvesting snow peas in a fortnight. The beans are struggling due to being eaten back by sparrows and earwigs. None of them have started to run yet.
The most exciting news to report this week is that we had our first harvest of leafy greens from the trellis. Some of the greens on the north side of the trellis are almost looking crowded. The greens on the south side of the trellis are looking a bit thin and sparse. We might have to sow some more in a few weeks to provide successive harvests.
For more information on the inspiration behind this project and the rough plan, check out our original Giant Edible Trellis Project Blog Entry.