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Hi Guys,

Well, like Roger said, it has been far too hot to do anything much in the garden so with the weather finally cooling down some, and me being on holidays, it is now time for some serious jobs to get done.

1. Repotting the strawberry runners.  Man, this is one long and tedious job.  Left it a little late as not enough air flow in the pots that I was setting runners into and they were suffering from aphids.  13 pots with 2 in each are now back on the fence line.  At the same time, I planted out the finger lime into the ground where it will hopefully do a lot better.

2. Plant my figs into the ground.  I'm done with pots for large things.  Just too difficult to move around and replace potting mix.  With the death of the persimmon (3rd one - may have to give up on those) and the removal of an apple tree (not a dwarf and with the drama's with netting my supposedly "dwarf" one last year, I needed it gone) there was a space for my brown turkey and white adriatic.  I nearly cried though - had to cut off 10 figs from the adriatic but I couldn't wait any longer as school holidays are the only times when I can do these big jobs.

3.  Finally removed the rose archway.  It had been bugging me for years.  I loved it but it was simply too vigorous and not suitable for my tiny yard.  One of the trellis's had rotted out as well so that got removed too.  This is what my walkway looks like now


This is what it looked like at it's best previously so you can see why I loved it.

4. Got hubby onto the task of digging up the lady finger banana's to prepare the site for my dwarf duccasse that I bought last month at the Ipswich garden show.   It was a banana massacre in my yard today.  The goldfingers are staying - you can see the bunch on the right if you look carefully.

5. Built a new garden bed under the clothes line.  I'm putting in partial shade lovers.  I might try my hand at tuberous begonia's.  Some in bunnings looked stunning today.  I also just planted freesia bulbs and primula.

Well that's about it from me.  Not that much coming out of the garden - capsicums (still), cucumbers, eggplants, guava, lettuce, passionfruit, shallot's and pawpaws.  I planted a whole bunch of seeds but went away last week and came back to a bed full of dead things.  Also, the peas and beans are not doing great - anyone have suggestions? 

Almost forgot - took a photo of the yard when Debbie was giving us all that rain - my garden loved it.

Happy gardening folks.

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Comment by Jeff Kiehne on April 16, 2017 at 3:42

Removal of an apple tree what did you do with  the apple wood is used BBQ Smoker Wood Chips

Comment by Susan on April 15, 2017 at 19:09

No puppetry for me Dave. :)

Comment by Susan on April 15, 2017 at 19:08

Hi Sophie, I kept two pups that I've put into a pot.  If they survive, you're welcome to one.  No rose left - believe me, you would have been cursing it before too long.

Comment by Sophie on April 10, 2017 at 18:03

Well done Susan, what an effort. love the pic from above - captures the moment! Don't suppose you have any rose cuttings or naughty narnas left? :)

Comment by Dave Riley on April 10, 2017 at 13:48

Banana stems are an essential tool for Indonesian Wayang puppetry. When not being operated the puppets are stuck into the banana stem.

Like a panorama you can build up whole armies on stage along the length of the stem.

Just saying you can never get a banana stem when you need one!

With one you can begin your own puppetry career...

Comment by Susan on April 10, 2017 at 11:43

Thanks Elaine - I've added a liquid dolomite from the guys at OCP and planted a new bunch - the ones I've already planted may not survive but fingers crossed the next bunch will be fine.  Andy and Cathie, the banana's went to the tip this time.  Usually I do plonk them down and let them break down but there were too many this time and they needed to be cleaned up.  I've got a few fronds left which will go into the garden bed though.    Hi Christa,  I don't think I've given up on them yet - I'll give them another go, in another space when something becomes available.  Still no fruit off my sapote - plenty of flowers and 2 set last year but dropped off. 

Comment by Christa on April 9, 2017 at 21:06

Sorry to hear that you have given up on persimmon, my pair of trees don't get any attention, no water, just rain, no fertilizer except Organic xtra once a year. 

You sure can grow bananas and pawpaws very well and you always have some produce to show.  With the weather a bit cooler now, we should be able to do some veggie planting.   

I bit the bullet and bought another Black Sapote "Superb" from Kyogle, after the dogs dug up the last one and hid a tennis ball in the half empty pot. 

Keep up the good work.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 9, 2017 at 20:55

My finger lime isn't doing really well either, and it is in the ground.  I thought I was "Super Andy" when I dug out two banana trees - you folks are making me feel right puny now.  LOL. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 9, 2017 at 19:56

Peas and Beans love calcium so adding some Gypsum might do the trick. As well it's still a bit hot for the Peas. Weirdly a 'dwarf' Snow Pea which over-summered in a pot semi-shaded is now climbing for the trees and loaded with small pods.

Comment by Cathie MacLean on April 9, 2017 at 19:10
Good work Susan. It's painful for me to see those banana trunks on the ground but I love to lay them in the garden beds - they break down making it so moist and delicious for the worms. The soil always seems to get a boost from them.

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