Week 18 in the OMG – and Happy New Year to all…

Christmas is over and the goose was fat – thank you Lloyd ! Rain fell – heaps (23mm in 20mins the day after Boxing Day) so everything around here is still very green. The OMG is looking very lush but the week was quiet and relaxed as our new WOOFer demonstrates !

Baz resting in the shade....so very helpful he is

A few views of growing lushness …

Tomato abundance - climber and bush tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes growing - interesting shapes...

Capsicums (left) and flourishing spaghetti squash (right)

Sweet corn

A beautiful wall of peas

Scarlet runner beans now at the top of the 2m frame - small beans are already forming on the lowest flowers

However all is not quite well – it’s great in the OMG where all growing gorgeousness is protected by a very fine fence – outside in the Bean Border we find we are now feeding the rabbit population who love the borlotti beans. We are growing so many that we can afford to spare some, but I think the farmer will have to get out his gun again…..

Denuded Borlotti bean stalks - fortunately the rabbits don't eat potato leaves

Thoughts are now turning to the winter crops and in the Shade House we are bringing on the Brassicas which will go out soonish – there is a large population of Cabbage White butterlies around at the moment so we will hang on for a bit longer.

Brassicas (Broccoli & Brussel Sprouts) in seed blocks sprouting already.... in just a few days.

And so here we are at the end of 2011, and the end of Week 18 :

A very happy new year to all our readers, and may all your carrots grow straight and strong in 2012 !



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12 responses to “Week 18 in the OMG – and Happy New Year to all…

  1. really enjoy yr weekly posts stefano, its all looking so very lush. well done to you …. bummer about the borlotti beans – indeed yes, the farmer might just hafta … cu soon … t

  2. Nam-Ha Quach

    As always love it! Happy New Year to you and your team. Always love reading the updates. Our market garden is nowhere near as advanced as yours but getting there.

  3. Alexia

    I know a lovely recipe with olives for wild rabbits… Rabbit sourced onsite, olives next door… can’t make it a more ‘eat local’ meal!

  4. Looks like everything is growing well. With regards to the cabbage moth issue…..If the climate is anything like here then they will be around until April-May (you may be safe in may). They are a great big pain but there are a couple of organic solutions (as you can’t wait until April to get the brassica starts out). A certified product called “Sucess” which if favoured by a farmer friend of mine but this eradicates on contact. It is supposed to be safe for beneficial bugs but I think that’s probably not the case. The other is BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) which can be purchased as a powder (under the name of “Dipel” which kills only caterpillars. Neither are a great solution however I have a theory about “BT”.
    In this keynote speech by Eliot Coleman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKr9kPrpzU he mentions that he is not affected by cabbage moth (to the point he almost forgets their name during his delivery).
    As all good Eliot disciples should know, Eliot makes hot compost and stores it for up to 2 years before using it. If you do a little bit of “googleing” you will find that BT is a naturally occurring bacteria that breeds in the thermophilic composting process. Well my theory is that Eliot is breeding BT in hot compost and the moths wont even come near the plants as they should smell funny.


    • Thanks Daniel – most helpful – we make hot compost too which we will be using more and more of – so maybe this will help too.
      Eliot Coleman is something of a hero here…… but with modifications to his way as bare soils make us a bit nervous. It can be so dry out here..

  5. How wonderfully, deliciously gorgeous! So proud! Mega like, high five dude! Kyeeaa

  6. Brad & Thomas

    Hiya Stephen,
    Loving your blogs, we’re both highly envious of your fabuloso work on the OMG and its green and healthy productiveness! But at least we get some satisfaction knowing we helped you build it at that course. 🙂
    One question: peas in summer? All our peas finished months ago (although our fragrant sweet pea plants are still pushing out their final flowers thanks to the semi-summer here in Gloucester). Which variety are you growing? (Peas explain?)
    Best regards, Thomas and Brad

    • I am so sorry to be so late with a reply….. somehow the message didn’t get through ! Oops….
      Anyway – the peas in question were : Bush Beans (Blue Bantam) – not very successful, SugarSnap peas – excellent, and a Podding Pea called Telephone – also good.
      And in the mix were also quite a lot of peas I threw in the ground ages ago which were a Green Manure pea. Not quite as sweet as the others, more crunchy – sort of meaty – but still good. I think I will grow them again.
      And your work on the course was really very helpful.
      Hope all is well with you two and look forward to a visit one day this year…. when the gardening hurly-burly is done.

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