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Spring has sprung in my backyard.

It's been a while since I blogged... but my backyard has been a hit-and-miss affair this year, and has looked so disorganised and untidy... witness my tomato jungle:

A few things I planted in winter have kept us going - snowpeas, lazy housewife beans, broccoli, lettuce, Chinese greens, mustard greens...…

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Added by Addy on September 14, 2010 at 20:26 — 6 Comments

Midsummer Munchings

The December storms and subsequent fiiling of the rainwater tank, brought hope to my heat-stressed, thirsty backyard. But I shouldn't complain, as we've never run out of veges for the wok.

Corn has been a good staple. The first dozen were in a shady spot, yielded small cobs.I planted the second block in full sun and was really successful, with each plant producing 2 and a few, 3 cobs. The first cobs were all large and full, the second, small but sweet.… Continue

Added by Addy on January 25, 2010 at 12:30 — 9 Comments

Summer eating has begun!

First zucchini harvest was really gratifying! When we returned from Melbourne a week ago, there they were, ready for the wok! My dad had been watering the backyard while we were away, thank goodness, or everything would have shrivelled up and died.

However, while we were away, the dreaded mildew had also developed on the zuk and cuke plants. Started spraying with watered-down milk and that seems to have halted the pest. I am still hand pollinating, as… Continue

Added by Addy on November 17, 2009 at 8:30 — 6 Comments

Looking forward to good summer eating!

CUCUMBERS! My favourite summer crop, and the first spring planting to go into the old tomato bed. The "infrastructure manager" built a fab angled cukie frame which also incorporates a frame for shadecloth:

The cukies are climbing happily up the mesh, and already have baby cukes! I planted 8 "burpless" and 4 "lebanese"! I've also put in some zucchinis with the cukies. Going to be a crowded bed… Continue

Added by Addy on October 8, 2009 at 16:54 — 11 Comments

Heat wave - Damage Control!

This heat wave, plus empty water tank, has put great stress on my productive garden! We have been hand watering and mulching like mad, but today I noticed 2 of my little caulis have turned pink - the bigger ones seem to be coping. So some damage control measures had to be taken, and hubby was pressed into labour. In a few minutes, he erected a frame over the brassica bed, and threw an old shadecloth over it, stapled on and voila!

During the last… Continue

Added by Addy on August 26, 2009 at 16:38 — 6 Comments

Still harvesting Autumn crops

Reading others' blogs and posts made me feel really slack! Apart from maintenance, I haven't put in new seedlings or seeds (excepting beans) - but am still enjoying the fruits of my previous labours! The heaviest croppers are tomatoes:

I harvest this amount every 2 or 3 days! The vines are starting to look a bit naked as my dad picks all the dead leaves off, but still bearing well.

I intend to leave 3 plants… Continue

Added by Addy on July 15, 2009 at 15:07 — 4 Comments

Autumn harvest

The wired frame for my tomato plants collapsed today and had to be rebuilt. Too much weight - loaded with tomatoes! As usual, I've been too greedy and not spaced out the seedlings properly.

The experimental upside-down tomato plant is also fruiting, but not as well as the ones in the ground. Under the tomato basket, I've lined a trench with comfrey leaves and will put in a few potatoes.…

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Added by Addy on May 23, 2009 at 21:06 — 13 Comments

Death of a mango tree - taking stock...

Lovely lovely rains last week softened the ground so much that the dead mango tree (what was left of it) fell over onto my raised bed. Luckily I had just pulled out the snake beans and most of the basil, in readiness for sowing brassicas. A few weeks ago we pulled out the Hills Hoist and planted a soursop in its place!

While I had the camera out, decided to take stock of all the recent plantings, as well as existing trees etc....

First, the… Continue

Added by Addy on April 11, 2009 at 22:47 — 10 Comments

From suburban backyard to vege garden

Our dream is to be self sufficient with our own veges.

We started a couple of years ago by clearing all the golden palms from the side, and building 2 brick raised beds to enclose a paved patio. In went my favourite herbs - chillies, galangal, mint, Vietnamese mint, pandan. Then an L shaped vege bed next to the fence - bought topsoil to fill it - duhhh, dense and turned to mud when wet! - and struggled to grow Chinese cabbage, bokchoy. Cucumber on a trellis didn't do too badly, and… Continue

Added by Addy on April 3, 2009 at 20:10 — 7 Comments

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