So with January coming to an end, it’s time to take a look at what’s growing in my 10m2 patch and the plans for February. The patch isn’t looking great after the hail damage a few weeks back which sheared branches off the tomatoes and stems from the the zucchinis, and while it’s recovering well it’s not a very productive space. So what’s growing at the moment from my 10 in 10 list?

My 10 in 10 Challenge space is spaced over two L shaped beds, both around 5m2 each.

Garden Bed 1 contains:

  • Mature/fruiting and flowering tomatoes
  • Mature basil and basil seedlings
  • Rocket which has gone to seed
  • A single cucumber plant which is fruiting
  • potatoes that are flowering (which is usually an indication that the first/new chat potatoes can be dug up)
  • established chives

Garden Bed 2 contains:

  • young flowering tomato plants
  • basil seedlings
  • established chives
  • established thyme
  • lettuce that has gone to seed
  • struggling zucchini plants
basil seedlings & tomatoes

Plans for February for the 10 crops:

Crop February tasks
Tomatoes Continue to harvest tomatoes over February, save seeds from the best performers to use for next season.
Basil Harvest and trim/pinch-out tops when going to seed
Cucumber Sow seeds in punnets to transfer in March – might be too late in the season but we’ll give it a shot!
Zucchini Harvest zucchinis, trim back dead growth, watch for powdery mildew, remove plants if needed. Hand pollinate to help with fruit set.
Carrots Sow seeds direct into garden bed, cover with newspaper until seeds germinate – sow twice, 2 weeks apart
Lettuce / Salad Greens Trial planting in punnets as well as sow seeds direct into garden bed. Sow twice, two weeks apart. Plant lettuce, rocket and baby spinach.
Potatoes Harvest potatoes when the plants die back, in the meantime, feed and mulch.
Broccoli/ Cauliflower Sow seeds inside in small pots to plant out in April

Along with that I will need to keep pulling out the grass that’s keen on establishing itself in those beds (!) and will add sheep manure and mulch with the new plantings and when the heavy feeding tomatoes and zucchini are removed. The garden beds are covered with frames to make shading easier on the hot days

I’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Instagram throughout the month, and will have a blog review of the month for you towards the end of Feb.

Until then – get growing!

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