As predicted, my first attempt at a vegetable garden was a complete failure. Everything bar the basil is dead, and even it’s not looking too healthy. However, I really only have myself to blame.
My timing was completely off, as just as I purchased the seedlings, a heat wave rolled in, followed by weeks of rain and miserable weather. There was also the fact that I simply bunged them in and hoped they’d grow – no mulch, no thought to water drainage, and very little love. More of a typical Aussie ‘She’ll be right mate!”.
Well all was not right. The fact that I’m trying to grow vegetables in containers has simply added to my dramas. I know that this is completely doable – it’s just that it does take some extra thought and planning, something I had done very little of.
So, we are onto attempt number two, with hopefully a much better outcome.
- Water drainage issues – solved (hopefully)
- Organic, vegetable growing potting mix used – check
- Soil well moistened prior to planting – check
- New seedlings planted – check
- Carefully mulched with Lucerne – check
- Well watered in – check
Plenty of TLC is in store for these little seedlings, and hopefully a bumper crop of tomatoes, kale and lettuce is in the cards.