Your Vegetable Bowl and On Vacation
Your Vegetable Bowl and On VacationHolidays. Have a few weeks away from home. That is, of course, good luck, but what do you do with your Makkelijke Moestuinbak during those weeks? Just as it is so beautiful? From the beginning of June, I often get the question: "How does my vegetable bowl survive the weeks I am gone?". So it is high time for a page about this topic. Most of the pictures are June 2017, but the tips are just as useful in the middle or the end of summer.
So: What are you doing with your vegetable bowl?The best and easiest thing is if someone else takes care of you. However, I have easy talking: My bins are in the garden with my parents. Neighbors, friends or acquaintances are often prepared to do things occasionally. Whenever they can harvest vegetables and herbs in the period, you are gone.
However, what if you can not find anyone?
Prepare Your Vegetable Bowls for Your Vacation
The biggest problem of 2-3 weeks away is that you can not give your plants water at that time. Fortunately, the vermiculite in the Makkelijke Moestuinmix takes up much moisture, so leave much water in the days before leaving the mix so that the mix is wet and moist. Check if that is indeed the case. Sometimes the mix is wet at the top, but the bottom of the bin is still quite dry.
I and I put the hose in the mix and let the tap run for a while.Give it right before you leave the last water. Then you can bake it for a week or two, even if it does not rain at all. The latter is not very common in the Netherlands, so if you leave for longer, the chances are that it will help you.
Tomatoes, courgettes, and cucumbers
Give these summer greens - for a long time in the same box - before leaving a good bunch of fresh compost: they will have enough nutrition to grow well.
Take the tomatoes away from the armpits of the leaves, even all the little ones. If they are small, they break away easily: Are there cucumbers in your bowl? Then cut all side shoots of the main stem back to 5 cm. Tie the stem of the Black Forest climbing curve to the climbing rack so that the stem grows up. Please note that this zucchini does not climb itself. The main stem will be longer than with ordinary courgettes. Therefore, you can lead that up well.
Remove all female flowers. With those flowers, you can see a thickening directly below the button: the future zucchini. Courgettes grow very fast. If there are those zeppelins, the plant will produce new fruits less quickly.
In cucumbers, you do the same.
Unripe tomatoes and pumpkins make you hang out: they are doing much longer to grow up.
Peas and Beans
Do you still have sugar snaps, peas or peas? Pick out the pods then all away.
In the time you leave, grow new and with a little bit of laziness, those ripe for picking you up when you come back. If you leave the pods now, the peas in the pods will grow tall and mature. The plant then stops with the creation of new flowers and pods. The same goes for tribal and bean beans.
Beetles and carrots
Insects that are already large enough but you do not want to (or can) harvest can only be left in your bins when cutting the leaf. I was told that the growth of the beets itself stops. Carrots make you stand well: they only get thicker.
The leafy vegetables that are already harvested will grow well and eventually blossom. The more you have eaten, the better it is.
This is the time when many of these cute butterflies fly around, who unfortunately like to drop their eggs on cabbage plants. The caterpillars that come from it usually have a pretty bald frost in a matter of time. If you want to avoid that, you must get those plants out of your bin ;-).
If you do not want it, you can cover them with insect gnats. Then check if there are no eggs left. You can also sprinkle them with a good batch of freshly ground black or white pepper, just out of the pepper bush). Butterflies and caterpillars do not like it.
Parsley and chives
Prune the plants before leaving well. At the chives pollen, you can cut at least half to a few centimeters above the ground. At the parsley, cut away all the mature leaves and leave the young leaf alone:
- I admit it does not look like it, but when you come back, you will be rewarded with a new fresh magazine.
- Do not feel like this hassle?
- I understand that too well. You can just make the most of it.
The worst thing you can overcome is that your bowl is dried when you come back. Alternatively, it is a big mess of planted vegetables and plants grown from their power. That too is not a problem. Take out the plants that are not good anymore, wipe some weed in here and there and refill the boxes with compost. Within an hour you will be ready for a new round.