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Hi everyone,

I'm feeling like my garden is just getting away from me at the moment.  I'm behind in my planting, things are going to waste, everything is messy AND I've hardly been on BLF at all! :)  I had planned to be out there all day today but I don't garden in the rain - not my thing.

I did see Valerie's post about her last lot of coffee beans going to waste.  Case in point - All of these tomato's are just sitting there waiting to be harvested before I rip out the dying vine and I still haven't got to them (and won't unless it dries up today.  I've got a bean patch that has nearly dried out pods and it won't produce any more until I get rid of all the seeding ones but don't have time.

My corn is going great and at the back of this bed is some more cucumbers.  These are my son's plants.  He wanted to garden so he planted these in little pots and was so chuffed when they grew.  We managed to get down in the patch mid -week to plant.  Perfect timing too because the next day it was overcast and drizzling - he hasn't had to check on them since.

Rosella's are doing great down the side of the house where the chook pen used to be.  Some self seeded tomatoes are doing their thing as well - I figure the more the merrier with toms.

The eggplants JUST WILL NOT QUIT!  I wish I liked eggplant more :)

The four eggplants in the below picture were harvested before the above one was take. Up to 8 eggplants a week!!!

My kids really love mint.  Last year, as the temps heated up, the grasshoppers got in and decimated it so this year, I have put some into the front side garden beds that I have completely netted.  I'm planning to keep all my greens here - close to the front door for easy access and netted to prevent bugs.   There are three beds in total.  At the moment I have perpetual spinach, shallots, lettuce, rocket, beetroot, pak choi, basil, mint and I'm trying 2 Kaileen express broccoli's again to see how they'll go. 

Started sprouting again - want to eat salad but not always lettuce.  Got this from Bunnings last year and haven't looked back.

Pomegranite tree is absolutely loaded with these bright orange flowers.  Let's hope I get more than 1 fruit this year AND that I don't pick too early and actually get to eat it :)  Apples are starting too and I'll need to net those soon.  BTW, you know how I told all of you back in early september to get your nets on the stone fruit.  Well guess who got too busy and didn't net until 2 weekends ago?  Yup - been throwing out heaps of nectarines because they are infested.  Hopefully they didn't get to the peaches as they take a little longer to ripen.

First crop of madagascar beans harvested - about 500g.  Gonna try Andy's baked bean recipe. 

Last but not least, my beautiful hippies.  I've had people stopping by just telling me how much they love walking past my house.  Had a couple ask to take some flowers and I've also given away a few bulbs.  They are just so prolific and beautiful.

Well that's it from me folks.  Enjoy your wet weather.

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Comment by Susan on October 19, 2017 at 18:20

Thanks everyone.  Dave - WOW!! 30 years.  Such a wonderful reminder too.  Dianne, your garden is always beautiful - I can't imagine it being anything less.  Lissa :) not that there is nothing, but I always feel there should be more happening :) Madagasca's still sitting on the bench waiting for me to give the baked beans a try Andy.  Elaine and Mary-ann , love hearing what's happening with you guys.  XXX Sophie - they are the most easy care, WOW factor flower, I've ever seen.

Comment by Sophie on October 17, 2017 at 16:58

Hi yes sorry that BLF FAQ e book has well and truly stalled... Let us know if you would like to contribute!!!

Comment by Sophie on October 17, 2017 at 16:56

AMAZING! The hippies are Show stoppers! I've been super slack too, been away alot but the garden is loving this rain!!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 16, 2017 at 20:07

Fantastic.  Glad to see you have a crack at the Madagascas.  Your yard is doing so well Susan. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 16, 2017 at 15:36

The garden is looking the fabulous Susan, and you little gardener certainly has your genes. I hope to get into the garden more when we get home from Hols in Jan '18, but that is a long way off from now until then. Alas, You have given me inspiration to pull my finger out and organize now for plantings in 2018.

Comment by Dave Riley on October 16, 2017 at 9:28

We married when the Hiperastrums were bloomin. They decorated the occasion. Always an anniversary reminder. Just notched up 30 seasons of Hippies last week.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 16, 2017 at 6:48

First catch your fruit fly! That's the snag with peppering which is what the Biodynamic folk call using the pest to catch a pest. Tho they do have a sort of ritual about burning the corpses on a certain phase of the moon.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 16, 2017 at 5:17

thanks Elaine have reserved  both books from the library - see didnt know that about weeds - know if you crush insect pests in a brew they stay away from plants sprayed - pity that doesnt work for fruit fly ! 

Comment by Lissa on October 16, 2017 at 4:48

Always productive Susan even when you say nothing much is going on! Love to see your home grown produce.

Hippies are gorgeous. I used to grow them when I was a young Mum.

Comment by Dave Riley on October 16, 2017 at 3:58

I do that now Elaine -- head choppin'  -- with the odd pull up here or there. Rotational grazing aficionados confirm that such an approach is brutal to grasses. I've got an electric whipper snipper  and that too is savage on weeds. With a good cordage it will take the grasses heads right off.Mass decapitation.

"Here comes a Candle to light you to Bed
Here comes a Chopper to Chop off your Head
Chip chop chip chop - the Last Man's Dead."

Ironically after harvesting my carpet of Trad/Wondering Jew I'm short on weeds to make 'tea'. 'Hopefully' this weather should deliver more of the stuff -- but then I'm fresh out of mulch. The mowermen aren't delivering as the grass hasn't grown and my Vetiver aren't big enough to harvest in quantity.

I meant to mention this before but the head chopper brigade(on unmulched soil) is really tooling up. Top of the preference : a stirrup or push/pull/oscillating hoe (pictured).

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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