It’s been a while since I last wrote about my garden, so I thought I’d give you all an update! It’s been going more than reasonably well and growing in a manner reminscent of a cartoon or video game.
After many weeks of only putting out deep green leaves, the strawberry plant finally started getting serious about the whole making fruit thing and popped into about five flowers. That was this morning. The following photograph was taken at about 5 PM today. Only three of the five flowers remain, the other two have turned into large green fruit. It’s like Minecraft! I can’t wait for the fruit to ripen!
Meanwhile, the cheap tumbling compost bin that I purchased finally gave up the ghost. The plastic on the bin wasn’t properly treated for Australian weather and started to degrade under the ultraviolet light. The bolts on it couldn’t handle the stress of being tumbled daily. It started to split two weeks ago and it wouldn’t be long before the whole bin broke and poured compost all over my balcony. Plus, the Herculean effort needed to spin the bin each day was starting to make my back hurt from the strain.
At the same time, the pumpkin plant was starting to get root bound from being in the tiny pot I had originally put it in. Pumpkins need a lot of space to grow and plenty of water and sun. Heck, most gardening guides recommend that you just build a huge mound of dirt and let the pumpkin just grow all over it. Since I didn’t have the luxury of building a “huge mound of dirt”, I decided to kill two birds with one stone.
First, I bought a brand new compost bin, a fancy UV-protected, glass-reinforced bin with a crank on the side! No more backaches for me!
After moving some of the compost from the old bin into the new one, I cut the old compost bin in half and turned it into a mega-pot for the pumpkin! It’s been thriving ever since.
There’s a lot of little pumpkin flowers at the base too, and the soil’s very rich, perfect for growing. I’m really looking forward to the fruits of my labour.
Boobook has promised me a veggie patch when we move into our new home together. I’m looking forward to being able to plant vegetables without the constraints of pots.