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Hi Folks. 

Continuing on my citrus harvest, the Emperor mandarins on my little dwarf tree are starting to ripen.  It was planted late in 2014 and I have about 20 mandarins on it this year.  The branches are so laden with mandarins, they are drooping down.  I will eat them even at this colour stage and they are super sweet.  They do have seeds but oh well.  Can't wait until my other varieties start fruiting - I should be able to pick fresh mandarins for about 4-5 months. 


Lettuce bed is looking good and is very productive.

Raspberries are still pumping.  Need to get time to make two more barrels for the heritage type so that I can get heaps more.  They are also getting smaller - probably due to the vine being in complete shade at this time of year.  I'll experiment with some different positions with the pots and see if it makes a difference.

First peas and the bean tower has taken off and looking super healthy

Troms are going good.  I've had some aphid problems but am trying to wait them out.   A little bit of powdery mildew but I spray with eco fungicide once a fortnight and that seems to keep it healthy.

I've taken the fruit fly netting off my capsicums now that it is starting to get cooler and they are responding to a bit more light with lots of fruit.

My potatoes are looking super healthy - but that is never my problem.  It's keeping them healthy to the very end so my spuds get to be decent size that I struggle with -> let's see how we go this year.

I've got teeny tiny flowers on my climbing spinach on front stairs and my loquat tree has some too.  So pretty and I hope I get some this year.

Latest project - reducing the wasted grass space in the citrus grove and increase the garden bed size for salvias, flowering plants and hardy herb.  This is what it currently looks like and stay tuned for further updates :)

BTW - removed the china pear guava and have since choked on guava jelly so decided I don't really want my hawaiian sunshine seedling from Daley's so it will be up for grabs at Sophie's garden visit. 

Well that's it from me folks - happy gardening.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 3, 2017 at 19:07

Ended up with a third.  The trombocs are headed for the footpath garden where they can grow up the rock wall until their little hearts' are content. 

Comment by Susan on June 3, 2017 at 18:43

Trombs still going good even though cold has hit Elaine, so I might be good.  2 are def enough Andrew  -you'll be giving them away!! Thanks Cathie and Sophie.  Still not enough for a meal coming off the peas but I can get a handful of peas and beans every 3rd day so can go into a stirfry.

Comment by Sophie on June 1, 2017 at 9:23
Looking glorious :)
Comment by Cathie MacLean on May 31, 2017 at 7:28
Garden looking amazing, Susan. Just what I've come to expect! Your peas seem to be setting pods faster than mine. so much shade in my garden. I am going to have to cut down a mulberry tree to get some winter sun on my south side.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 30, 2017 at 23:56

Interested to see how the Trombs go over winter. My Okra went on strike and now it's compost; not un-expected given how much they love the heat.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 30, 2017 at 23:03

I so love to hate your garden reports Susan.  LOL.  

My young citrus are actually starting to provide a nice harvest now as well.  The ceylon Spinach is going nuts at my place too right now - I'll definitely do a seed save for folks.  The leaves are bigger than my hand!  I ended up with only 2 of the 10 tromboc seeds from you germinating - but that's enough.  In a week or two they will be planted out.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 30, 2017 at 21:42

Great report and pix, Susan!

The teeny-tiny flowers lead to black shiny seeds which will start growing again come spring. Ceylon Spinach is a heat lover and really does well in summer and dies off over the cooler weather.

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