Procrastination is my friend. I seem to get most productive in the garden at marking time. Suddenly, all of my less favorite things to do in the garden suddenly seem so interesting...
I finally got round to building another "extended" garden bed. Since Valerie posted about BCC now legal to plant footpaths, I am a bit less hesitant. Let's be honest, I wasn't hesitant at all really :) This is down the south side of the house and is fully shaded in winter but will be full sun in about 2 - 3 weeks. It has pumpkins and sweet potato's in it -> total cost, $6 for horse manure. The soil was suprisingly good and I found some old bits of wood lying around so used that to edge it.
I also saw what I think is the first flower buds on my China Pear Guava - can anyone confirm? I've never paid attention to guava flowers before. Do they have a center female and then two smaller outer males?
I'm worried about my older two blueberry bushes. They are absolutely covered in flowers but none seem to be setting. Yet my much younger bushes, didn't have so many flowers but what they had set fruit.
I've decided to grow all my greens under shade cloth. I had to transplant some lettuces, beetroot and spinach about 2 weeks ago and put a white net over them to let them establish and then got lazy and forgot to take it off. They look AMAZING and the lettuces have outstripped those planted without shade two weeks before that.
And yesterday's harvest. Only bought potato's, garlic, apples, tomato's, cucumbers and avocado's this week. Been making passionfruit juice and fruit salad. 1.5 kg of fruit salad made at 10am this morning had disappeared by 4 pm this arvo...
I HATE not having my own tomato's. Due to setbacks (cockaroaches, mites etc), I haven't had a successful tomato crop since I think March. That's a damn long time to be without. BUT LOOK - it will be soon I hope. These are supposed to be cherries but they look about twice the size of a normal cherry. They are also planted in soil, not a wicking bed.
The cockaroaches are still causing me grief. One solution for bigger stuff is reusing all my old pots and cutting collars for them. I had tried toilet paper ones before but they were too small and disintegrated or got eaten too quickly. So far so good. These are trombonccino, cucumbers, spaghetti squash and zucchini's. I am going to build a nice big frame for them to climb over.
One last thing from me before I go. While not a picture of flowers, I'm really excited. I think these are flower buds on my hollyhock!! I've never grown this before so am super keen to see what they look like.
Happy gardening people
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