Many of the cucumber seeds that we sowed in week four, emerged this week. Unfortunately the sparrows have already taken their toll. Some of them are damaged, and others ripped out of the ground completely. The beans continue to be ravaged by both sparrows and earwigs. We expected this, and sowed the legume seeds much closer together than usual, to compensate for pest activity.
The seedlings in the flower bed are growing at an incredible rate, with the sunflower seedlings being especially fast growing.
The leafy greens are thick in some parts, with lettuces that are only a few weeks away from harvest. In other parts they are quite sparse. So we transplanted some of the seedlings from the thicker areas to even it all out a bit. Silverbeet, coriander, lettuce and spinach are all doing well. The basil is only just starting to germinate and emerge this week.
So far we have had two of the Giant Tree Tomato seeds germinate into healthy looking little seedlings. This week we transplanted them along the trellis. With only two plants available for the project, we’ll be sure to protect them from the sparrows. A third seed looks like it is just starting to emerge in it’s pot which may provide a back-up option.
Next week we’ll plant out the zucchini tromboncinos, pumpkin and new guinea beans.
For more information on the inspiration behind this project and the rough plan, check out our original Giant Edible Trellis Project Blog Entry.