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Beautiful rain and garden harvests


Well, this is different from last year. From memory, it was very dry and warm. I'm not complaining, I love the rain for my garden and the tank most certainly needs it. Lots of things are happening in the garden at the moment, which is just wonderful. In fruiting news, we are harvesting nectarines. There are not as many as there was last year but I did thin them to try to increase size - which they have done nicely. We have already harvested about 2 kg and there is at least another 2 left on the tree. The peaches have always done better and I've probably got at least 5-6 kg of peaches which should start ripening mid November. I also think I probably didn't prune them correctly last year. I've been watching this wonderful lady on You-tube called Margaret Sirl and she posts really easy to understand pruning demo's. Both my nectarines and apples need to be kept small, so I'm going to try to follow this regime next year.

I pulled out my measly potato harvest to make way for Lissa's sweet potato slips that I snaffled at the garden visit. There are HEAPS of potato's but most are very small. I couldn't leave them in any longer as the plants had all died back. I don't know what killed them off early. I'll try again next year and hopefully my plants will live long enough that the babies will turn into biguns.

I also potted up my Brown Turkey fig (Thanks Roger) and Taro plant (I think I'm thanking Christa for this one - please correct me if I'm wrong)

Monday's harvest followed by today's harvest.

Corn beds doing well.  Have started a new bed which needs seeds planted into the other 1/2 this weekend.

Tomatoes are growing so well.  No longer need to buy and I can now do a complete salad from the garden (lettuce, tomato, cucumber)

Well that's it from me folks.  Busy day of planting ahead this weekend.  Hope you all enjoy the weekend and get a chance to get out in the garden.  Happy gardening people.

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Comment by Christa on October 31, 2015 at 10:11

My persimmons were purchased from an old swiss nurseryman at Narangba, named Honnef, and they were by far the best around years ago.  They supplied most of the nurseries around the place. I purchased my fruit trees before 2000 and kept some of them in pots for a while.   The 2 persimmons are approx. 2m high.  The nectarine is about 4m high.   I have never tried growing them from cuttings, and don't know if you can grow grafted trees from cuttings.  You may be able to let me know if you can.   I have just purchased some more plants and may have overdone it.  Figs, Kei apples, Green Persimmon  and thrown in were Coffee and Loquats along with quite a few native fruits.   I am not sure which ones to put into wicking pots yet.  We have a large suburban block but it is dominated by a huge tree in the centre of the back yard. It keeps me going. 

Comment by Barbara Tealby on October 31, 2015 at 9:20

How old is your persimmon, Christa? Is it one of the originals in your garden, or one you planted more recently?

Comment by Barbara Tealby on October 31, 2015 at 9:17

Dwarf Black Genoas fruit quite well for me in pots, Dave. It's easy to rid them of fig beetles by hand picking, and I have several 35lit pots, which gives a good harvest.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on October 31, 2015 at 9:14

I'm with you re Margaret Sirl's pruning videos, Susan. Went looking for pruning advice on the web, as the harvest from my Tropical Angel Peach wasn't very good, and found Margaret. Was really thrilled with my efforts guided by her - looked quite professional - and this year's harvest looks like it might be much better than last years. The only problem for me is that the tree is on the western side of the house, slightly south-facing, and the tree has to be allowed to get tall enough to get enough sun over the roof. Netting it is OK while it is still reasonably bare, but now all the leaves are REALLY scrunched up. I suspect that next year I might have to take out quite a few lower branches, so that the net can be tied higher up the trunk.

Comment by Dave Riley on October 31, 2015 at 0:09

A fig in a pot! Maybe that's something I should try. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 30, 2015 at 22:01

Puts my corn to shame.  LOL.  Love your yard Susan.  So productive. 

Comment by Christa on October 30, 2015 at 20:45

Harvest looks good, Susan.  Taro was not mine though, I did take a little plant home to give it a go.  I must have a look at that pruning lesson on You tube, as my white satin nectarine is growing into a huge tree and the best fruit is always at the top, well out of reach.  My persimmon has set fruit very well this year.   Great pics.

Comment by Rob Collings on October 30, 2015 at 20:44

and everything else :0)

Comment by Rob Collings on October 30, 2015 at 20:43

Real nice action going on there, those potatoes (end everything else!) are looking great!

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