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I had an interesting day fixing a string trellis for the golden snow peas which are growing tall, faster than I expected, transplanted some tomato seedlings into 10 cm plots, planted more bean seeds and planted out some pattypan squash plants and some lettuce seedlings. I finally trimmed back to the ground the very bitter tommy toe ( it has bok choi and lettuce nearby so can't rip out completely). Some of the lettuce has bolted already which is also frustrating - it's not that hot yet surely?

Tomatoes are frustrating me at the moment - I can't work out how to time seed planting so that I have a large plant to transplant around now when it's warming up so well. It is very tempting to buy a ready to transplant plant so I can stop buying tomatoes. All my winter small tomatoes have died off this week.

Two of the artichoke seedlings from seed I transplanted have survived and the artichoke seedlings I bought from Bunnings ( Digger seeds) are doing well.  We have eaten a fair amount of broccoli this week and the hens have enjoyed the well chewed leaves complete with several caterpillars. The bean plants are climbing my tripod trellises well despite only getting morning sun.

My corn is slowly coming up except where the cat has decided a beautiful soft soil is much better than a litter tray. Hopefully a few kebab sticks will frustrate that habit.

Rosella seeds and red dragon beans have arrived from Green Harvest this week along with chicken feeder and waterer. The advice seems to suggest waiting until October for the rosellas - I have only grown from seedlings previously starting in December so I'm not sure whether to follow advice - but then October's only a few weeks away.

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