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Busy holidays and getting stuff done.

Hi Guys,

Welcome to 2019!  As usual, it has been a very busy holiday season and I'm due back at work next week.   But, I feel like I have accomplished a lot these holidays so am feeling rather chilled at the start of the new work year.  

My holidays have gone like this: 

Week 1: Down to Melbourne to drop my 2 daughters at my Aunts to work the summer holidays down there.  Flew back on the Thursday and was driving up to Mackay the next day.

Week 2: In Mackay for Xmas + funeral + Nephews 18th.  Lots to do as I'd done NO xmas shopping and my grandfather had passed (not unexpectedly and was 96 so had a good run) so one day was taken up with funeral and catching up with extended family, another with my brothers family for my nephew, which meant I was on a mission on the day I actually made it to the shops.  Back to Brisbane the Friday

Week 3: New Years celebration down the coast and started my full on bathroom makeover.  I now know how to change over a toilet and have a beautiful bathroom that I sanded, repainted and also remade the vanity drawers so they actually open and close.  Took me a whole week.

Week 4:  Cleaning and decluttering mission.  Started in my room, walls, ceilings and cupboards all cleaned and organised, son and daughters room next, lounge room and then washed the carpets.  Carload of rubbish to the tip and clothes to charity and am feeling calm and Zen.  Ps I also bought a second hand breadmaker and have now made 3 loaves

So what was for this week?  I decided to try to install an irrigation system to water my yard as it was just getting away from me.  I am now in the process of putting in the drippers but cause it is so hot, I'm only doing it in the arvo's and it is a slow and tedious process but will be worth it in the end. 

As such, I have not planted anything new but my older plantings are coming to fruition. 

We are getting plenty of Corn and cucumbers at the moment.  You can see the older planting of corn and the new set, plus I have a 3rd 1/2 bed planted. 

My capsicums, which I was worried was in too much shade at my garden visit to fruit as set HEAPS .  I took this photo about 5 days ago and they are the size of my hand now.  

I brought these heat tolerant broccoli seeds from Lambeys nursery and decided to see how they would go.  Peak summer and they are looking fantastic.   These were Happy Rich F1.  I only planted 3 because I wasn't sure how they would go.  I'll keep you posted but we may have found a broccoli that will do well over summer. 

I bought a "blueberry" diggers tomato from that supposed diggers festival at the botanic gardens a couple of months a go.  It is very prolific and the tomatoes are pretty (not the best as I had forgotten to water and died off a bit) but the tomatoes are not sweet so won't be planting again. 

Lucky I bought the Dwarf ducasse because I ended up not getting round to cutting hands off and before you know it the bunch was ripening.  Bats would have had a field day if it were up in the air.

Lastly, I'll leave you with a photo of my xmas gift from my daughter and my counter argument that I sent to her once we got back to brisbane. 

Happy gardening folks. 

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Comment by Susan on January 16, 2019 at 21:35

Hi Christa,no that grandad died 15 yrs ago and I was much closer to him.  I’ll have to show you the colour of the ripe ones, they look much more appetising as the blue darkens to a black/red colour.  Heaps of rain in mackay - none here :(

hi valerie, I plant between 12 and 16 seeds (2 in each hole rthinned to the 12 strongest). I never really have a problem with pollination but I do admit to shaking the pollen over the stalks.  Everyone who doesn’t plant corn cause “too much space” really should give it a go. My beds are only .8m wide and 1.8 m long and in 1/2 a bed I do 3-4 rows of 4 plants in each.  They don’t take that long and really, what else do we have growing in summer?? :). The irrigation is taking me so long because I am putting in my own emitters, just where they are needed and not using the preprepared brown pipes with predrilled emitters every 30cm. I figure that I will end up using less water overall and be more efficient in my watering. I have it set up with a cheap timer too cause after leaving a hose running on the lychees for 24hrs, I’ve realised my brain can’t be trusted :)

Andy - LOL.  No calendar for me thanks   

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 16, 2019 at 21:21

Since mine is an un-appealing shot of my back anyway, use it and rejoice ;-)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 16, 2019 at 21:02

Jeez, you are our poster gardiner for sure.  Let me know if you want to appear in the BLF nude gardening calendar with Dave Riley and I.  What?  Nah... he doesn't know about it yet either.  I'm just going to re-use the photos of Elaine and Dianne without their permission.  Shhh.... none of them will ever know!

Comment by Valerie on January 16, 2019 at 14:27

Fantastic. Bread and garden look good! Amazing what still grows even with the heat and a bit of neglect.

I read you had to sow corn in blocks of 50 in one calendar or sets of 12 to have enough pollination. How many do you plant at a time?

The bunch on the Ducasse does look impressive.

Bread machine is better than oven at this time of the year, especially if you can put it outside. I am tempted to try baking my sourdough in the bake only setting.

I am toying with the idea of drip irrigation but only when I set up enough wicking beds. For anything in the ground, it just feels like pouring water straight down the drain.

Comment by Christa on January 15, 2019 at 22:28

Sorry to hear your grandfather passed, Susan, was he the one who taught you so much about gardening?  Did you get rained on in Mackay? The blue toms don't look very appetising , though those colours are supposed to be good for you.

Hope your irrigation system works for you, I thought about it, but we have 3 empty tanks at the moment. You managed to use every hour of your holidays, good on you.  It is always nice to get flowers, they mean something special, I think.

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