This blog post actually started as a private message to Lissa about raspberries, but as I waffled on I thought I should share it with the world.
Should Williamette raspberries be losing their leaves? I have one cane that appears to be dying in a rather tragic-looking manner, and others that are green and cheerful. I'm not used to deciduous plants, so I can't really tell the difference between dying and preparing for winter.
On the other hand, my mulberry is losing leaves quite gracefully, they turn yellow one at a time and then are gently dropped when no one is looking.
This cooler weather has inspired me to get back into the garden after a few months away (sugar snap peas are my favourite vegetable). In trying to reclaim the beds I picked a few kilos of sweet potatoes which had been taking advantage of my neglect to attempt to cover the whole of Brisbane's southside in vegetation before winter. The most interesting find was a large (not quite ripe) sweet potato that had established itself on top of the prawn heads I buried in mid-February. That's an extraordinarily short growing time for a tuber of that size. I think the honey hole idea might really work!
Other things that survived the period of neglect include my lemon tree, from which I picked my first ever lemon last week - it was sour and juicy, which is all one can ask for; my largest paw paw, which has at least two more fruit that will ripen before winter (which starts on the winter solstice); and the herbs that persist regardless - bay tree, rosemary, thyme, chives, Mexican coriander, Greek basil.
I am attempting to move my strawberries from hanging bags to a self-watering container, but I neglected the runners for two long and now it's a struggle to get them going again.
And my eggplant, which survived the period of neglect, is being assaulted and assailed from all sides by aphids, leaf hoppers (which are too charming to kill) and bugs (which are too creepy to tackle). I'm hoping the cooler weather will take it's toll, with a bit of help from improved care for the plant.
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