Saturday, October 3, 2009
It's out with the old and in with the new - climbing crops that is! We've removed the dried stalks of our snowpeas (above) and stored the seeds for planting in late autumn. Next crop will be cucumbers. More specifically, crystal apple cucumbers. What I like about this particular variety is they're more resistant to powdery mildew, which we seem to get a lot of.
We grew these ourselves from heirloom seeds, and they were pretty easy to germinate in the small greenhouse. They've already had a few days outdoors to climatise, and they're just about the right size to go out.
All six plants are now in the ground, complete with homemade compost! You can still see some of the cardboard. These guys should be ready for cropping in about 65 days.
I'm still debating where to put the Star Jasmine though. I have a place next to the chicken coop which would be perfect, but I'm wondering if it's poisonous? The research I've conducted so far, doesn't seem to mention this particular variety (Trachelospermum jasminoidesas) which is part of the Apocynaceae family, as either toxic to animals or a noxious weeds. But a very similiar looking lot, from the Oleaceae family, are known to be hazardous and with weed potential.
I think I need to do more research to be sure where to plant it. My instinct says it wouldn't be detrimental to the chooks, as we've had other suburban animals live with it before, but it pays to be sure.