Comparison between gardens

My raised bed is clearly better producing than my ground level beds.  The tomatoes are going well (despite some unseasonably cold weather) and the salads are going well after a bad start (I forgot to harden them).  
Although the radishes haven’t really gone that well, in particular those on the eastern side closest to the bush.   

Whereas my ground level bed (Spilt in two beds below) don’t seem to be going as strong – with the sole exception being the Dai Choi, which is going well. 

There are probably several reasons for this:

  1. being that the raised bed is a hugel culture bed and was better prepared over linger time, and also received more soil and compost.  Unfortunately there’s not much I can do about this until I replant the whole bed in autumn in preparation for winter crops. 
  2. The second thing however I can, and did address.  I noticed that the ground level bed was much more moist than the raised bed, and also received much less sun due to the olive trees just to the east.  So I took the decision to trim the olive tree in the hope that more sun might help this bed pick up slightly.  

At this stage it is largely anecdotal data that I’m basing my decisions on because I don’t have enough scale to have control groups to compare to.  I believe I need a completely different method of sowing radishes if I’m to reach anything like the scale that I’m targeting. 

Tomatoes for the garden

My Strategy throughout this series of experiments has been to de-risk complete and utter failure by diversifying the range of experiments I’m running.  

I want to get through this season with at least a couple of strong options that I can scale next time around. 

So with that in mind, we re-poted the tomatoes seedlings (all heirloom seedlings that I picked up from Kokopelli.Com.)  

I’m planning to plant these in a raised hugel culture bed in the garden, which I need to get ready ASAP!