Hi my friend, I am finished! I spent the weekend cleaning my veggie patch – a host of weeds to clear out! Oh my word! It was hot out here and my veggie patch is not a small one – 2m x 10m. I had to bring some order to what was growing in it. I had a butternut squash plant growing like a monster, but is was covered in powdery mildew and all the small squashes were stung by some kind of insect. It was so sad to pull it out. I need to read up on what to plant together with squash to prevent this from happening in the next planting season. Any way, I have to say that my tomotoes are growing fantastically – I have sweet basil, onions, lemon thyme around the one section of tomatoes and these are growing out of control. The other patch it still small and has nothing planted nearby, so I have to say that companion planting is the way to go. Thank you Margaret Roberts – I love the book on Companion Planting and it has become my new gardening bible! This has been such a valuable gift – thank you Chris!

I also have to admit that I can now go Nursery shopping with you – I have an excuse to fill all the extra space I have in the Veggie Patch!

Hope you had a Happy Gardening weekend!

VEggie Patch Feb 2011