Summer solstice update 

It’s the summer solstice tomorrow so I thought I’d do a general update. 

Things are growing well.  The salads have been the most successful with plenty more than we can consume.  The tomatoes are looking to be pretty decent too. 

Both chickens are still alive and laying on average about 1.5 eggs a day.   All 25 fish are going strong and have grown significantly. 

I’m building a new floating raft bed that should be about 3x the size of my existing one so that I can dial up my aquaponics salads and basil.  Once I get that going I’m going to test différent types of salads for a bit of variety. 

I’ve been servicing my compost in preparation for a fall planting of winter crops.  

But it’s not all good news.  It seems my potatoes got sick and I lost 2 out of the three plantings. 

New salads going in this evening. 

Slug prevention

Many of my young plants were getting massacred by slugs and so before I transplanted my next phase of salads I wanted to slug proof the beds. 

So first I placed tubs with sugar water (as previously described), I then laid down a boarder of spickey mulch that I harvested from local park.  

Last of all, I added a fence so the chickens don’t piss me off when we let them out. 

Long rose radishes 

Over spring I have failed at reaching my target of 20 radishes a week for several reasons.  First thing I learnt is that i’m not planting enough radishes, and taking in to account losses and slow growing runts.  So instead of planting 20 every week and hoping to harvest 20 every week, I need to plant many more.  I’m going to change my apporoach over summer. 

Having said that, these rose radishes are lovely large successes.  They take longer but are much more worthwhile.  I’m going to focus on this type of crop going forward. 

Slug trap

We’ve recently had challenges with slugs on our salads.  At first I was getting up early, plucking them from our make salads and feeding them to the chickens. 

But now they are eating all the young salads we’re replanting and killing them before they can take.  Literally 100% of the recently planted salads are gone.  So before I plant a fresh batch of juvenile salads I want to try to protect them. 

Hence this slug trap experiment.  Honey water in a tray.  The plan is that this will attract them, and every morning I should be able to harvest them. 

Will see.  If it works, will experiment with something more substantial.