I pulled out my tomato plants on the weekend. They didn't do very well this year. They needed a lot more water than usual because of the lack of rain.
Hi @Jason, the Vegie Pod is a good idea and it has a top on it. It will keep the birds out.
This year the Blackbirds have increased dramatically, I have seen at least 6 male and female scratching in the garden this year. They seem to be nesting later this year.
They're even scratching out my pots, and some of my chillies have been damaged.
I have put bricks and wood in places to dicourage them, but they still do damage.
My tomatoes bushes still have a couple of dozen large green tomatoes on them, but the leaves have all started withering 3/4 of the way up the plant. I will leave in until after Easter and see if they turn colour, if not they're out and it will be green tomato pickles.
I've planted more carrots, and my broad beans are up. I put some of that black irrigation hose in a semi circle each end of the plot and put black bird netting over, to stop the birds from ripping the beans out.
Above: Capsicum are coming on strong. I think this is the best year i've had with caps.
This week I will be planting some Rainbow Chard (silverbeet), radish and Mustard Greens
Cheers and happy gardening
The Vegiepod cover was one of the reasons I was most keen to try it. In past years we've had problems with furry friends eating our produce before we could pick it. The cover is fantastic for keeping pests at bay and also helps manage temperature.
I've done a few experiments planting the same seedlings in the Vegiepod to a nearby garden bed in the ground and the Vegiepod seedlings always do better.
Is the vegie pod self watering? I think you said was in an earlier post, so you won't have to water it much, if it's in the open.
The cover is a good idea because as well as keeping your furry friends out, it will do the same for blackbirds, other predators and also protect from frosts.
How's your garden at the moment @bergs? Have you got your summer crops in yet?