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Beautiful day in the garden and it's marking time again

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.

Finally got a daylight shot of the rhubarb so you can see how red it is.  SO TEMPTED to harvest but I will resist!

I showed a shot of my finger lime in flower last week -> LOOK!! I think I have one set :)

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. 

Speaking of greens, here's today's salad Bowl

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.

Oh well, that's it from me.  Since it's marking time, no doubt I'll be procrastinating again soon and blogging rather than doing what I should be doing and marking :)

Happy gardening people

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Comment by Lissa on September 6, 2016 at 5:28

Very, very productive Susan :D Super well done. Love the huge bowl of your own fruit salad that was eaten in a day.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 5, 2016 at 22:44

My experience with Blueberries is quite short and as my plants were babies and year by year they made more fruit until I gave them away. Now, probably only had them total of 3 years.

Short lived … I don't know really I've not read anything about their lifespan.

Pruning - well I would only do that if they were several years old since pruning and Bbs don't go together.

Comment by Susan on September 5, 2016 at 20:39
Rob, I just think maybe they didn't stress as much as last year cause it was warmer? Also, I did cut this one back at the end of summer as it was too tall. Maybe it had less of a starting disease load than last year? Either way, I'm pretty chuffed with these guys. I'm not embarrassed to give these beauties away :). Thanks Cheryl ❤️ The compliments ❤️
Comment by Susan on September 5, 2016 at 20:35
Hey Elaine, I was thinking maybe nutrients or age? I don't think it's moisture as I've given it a good feed with compost and been watering it in quite regularly. After I noticed the flowers but no fruit, I put on a really good dollop of fertiliser and also a folier feed so hope I can salvage what's left. I know you have mentioned before somewhere that they are not long lived?? If it does need pruning, do you have any advice? Thanks
Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on September 5, 2016 at 7:18

I wish I could get my garden as productive as yours - as always looks fantastic

Comment by Rob Collings on September 4, 2016 at 21:49

Awesome again Susan! It looks like your pawpaws have less spots than this time last year, I'm harvesting pawpaws with more than double the spots than the ones in shot.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 4, 2016 at 20:58

Ah, the Blueberries. Are they different varieties? Early mid and late season fruiting but usually they all come out at once just some fruit takes longer to develop. I suspect that it's the dryness or shortage of potassium which might be the issue with lack of fruit set. No shortage of bees! It is not usual to prune Blueberries it seems yet I wonder if sometimes a form of rejuvenation mightn't be needed.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 4, 2016 at 20:56

My - what a garden! White Carrots really are scrumptious!

Those flower buds are certainly flower buds. Details I don't know: whether the 2 outside buds are male or not. You'll find out soon enough when the open. Hollyhocks are Hibiscus (Mallow) family and although those buds look a bit like Cape Gooseberries (Solanum family) and I've not seen Hollyhock buds, they sure are flower buds.

Pic of Hollyhock buds from Google Images:

I had less success finding the specific Guava; however leaf buds just don't look like that on any plant.

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