Lots of garden activity for us this weekend.
I've bought a guava, a mandarin, two tropical pears (to be pruned small and to increase fruit set), and a persimmon, mostly on impulse. It's funny I used to plan other people's gardens for a living and can't bear to plan my own ;)
So we're rearranging this side of the yard. I'll underplant with pit pit, comfrey, nasturtiums, sweet potato, cassava interplant, possibly pawpaw. It can be the extended chook run - I'm going to run a tunnel across the back fence, behind the shed and into this orchard area so they can use it whenever they want.
The poinciana that comes in from over the fence has got rather big and was shading some of our plants, so we gave it a haircut - which involved climbing on ladders and sheds and things.
Our greenwaste pile in the banana circle is groaning with all of this and the wattle from the front as well. We should probably make a separate wood pile. I could buy a brazier for our new deck (which doesn't exist yet) and we could feed it with garden off-cuts. I'll just have to find a place for a wood shelter out of the rain. Maybe under the house I guess.
The pumpkins are doing well, and more are coming. We still have a lot of grasshoppers so I want to get a pond - but I can't until the pumpkins finish because they're in the way.
I've planted some kennebec seed potatoes I bought from Bunnings amongst the pumpkins. We did it the old fashioned way this time - we dug holes and made mounds or trenches to plant them into.
We added compost, dolomite, organic tomato food and dynamic lifter to the clay and mixed it all up. I wanted blood and bone but forgot to buy any. I like Addy's idea of lining trenches with comfrey - that makes a lot of sense for encouraging shallow potatoes.
The garden seems to be ok despite the rain. I've given it another dolomite.
Things seem to be growing OK - we're eating spring onions, tomatoes, carrot, broccoli, peppers, eggplant (last time - I just pulled the bushes out), pumpkin, pawpaw, turmeric, macadamias, spinach, rocket, parsley, chives, basil, thyme, oregano and sage.
The beans are about to flower, the peas are up (but I've given them more dolomite and potting mix because they're a bit weak - they don't like too much compost), the broad beans are coming, the bok choy and celery are getting big enough to pick and the beetroot is spurting.
I only have one cauliflower in. I still need wombok and silverbeet, and I want some kale.
I finally have fancy basil (I couldn't find any before) - I bought lemon basil, greek basil, all seasons basil, and I've planted them in the vertical planter with the strawberries. I also bought lemon verbena and more mint, because mine is sad. It has its own fancy pot now - so hopefully it will be grateful. I bought fennel and put it in a terra cotta pot: experimental.
We harvested our first big bunch of bananas - there are the dwarf ducasse ones out of the banana circle - because the stem was bending alarmingly and we didn't want it to come over with the ground being so sodden.