The average Brussels city garden can have a resident population of up to 2,000 slugs. Some gardeners take this personally and become obsessed with hunting each and every one down. More sensible strategies include planting slightly more mature seedlings and plants resistant to slugs.
Brussels is famous for its bluebell woods on the edge of the city. The garden here has its own annual display each spring. The plants provide early food for bees and once the flowers have passed the stalks and leaves are composted.
The first warm days of spring is the time to start hardening off plants that have been raised from seed indoors. Protecting the young plants from cold winds and marauding hungry snails is vital. With unpredictable weather and sudden chills at night, young plants are returned indoors at night.
Courgettes grow well in Brussels and produce a good steady crop. The young plants are the slugs favourite so growing them in containers is safer. This container of 3 plants is on a wheel base for turning. For a container this size, 2 plants would be better.
The compost cycle for the household waste is orientated to provide fresh compost at the start of the growing season. This material is incorporated into the raised bed area and larger containers. Kitchen waste is added weekly throughout the year.
On each side of the raised bed are small corners used for two separate groups of tomatoes. One group is the first to ripen each year, at one end of the raised bed, while the other, at the other end, is the last to ripen each year. Heavier tomatoes are located at the end for …Read More about Corners and edges 2015