Finally the rain has hit! I am getting rain weekly and the garden is sure enjoying it. I can't wait for school holidays to start so I can get a lot of work done now that the weather is cooling off.
The asparagus certainly perks up with the rain. I harvested 10 spears last week and I've obviously missed quite a few this week.
How weird is this. My dragon fruit is reflowering and setting fruit. I thought it was a once a year thing but the rain did it's job on it too. I have 5 new fruit on it.
Also, my red shatoot mulberry has burst into life with new shoots and mulberry flowers.
I am trialling a new method of growing tomatoes. I was watching various gardening blogs and one did a segment on stringing up tomatoes. Now I had always been curious but preferred to let my tomatoes drape all over each other on a round trellis, shoulder high trellis and not worry with shoot removal. This year, I want to grow quite a few different tomatoes and I don't have a very big garden so I thought I'd try it.
I have san Mazano (roma), black cherry, black cherry roma, black roma and an unnamed pink variety that does really well in my garden.
The brassica's did well even though they were planted about 1 month ago. I have broccoli (happy rich (big - planted about 2 months ago) and marathon; chinese cabbage minuet; cabbage red ball and mini; cauliflower (amazing - supposed to be a heat tolerant variety). Have to put my little collars around everything otherwise they get eaten. Notice the nice big basil - I grew that from my own saved seed. I have so many basil plants around the place - I made a nice pesto today to have with chicken pasta tonight.
I had been meaning to replant my walking onions and perennial leeks as they were just dumped in the ground and had been looking horrible. when I picked up the clump of walking onions, I had discovered that most of them had rotted and had very few roots left. I saved the best and planted them out (back). I also did one clump of my perennial leeks (front) - the rest will be divided over the holidays and spread around the place.
It is absolutely amazing how cooler rainy weather deals with my mite problems as well. Now, I try not to spray in my yard - mostly cause I'm lazy but I'm ever hopeful that eventually I'll get a balance between predators and nasties. One of the biggest issues I have is mites on my tomatoes and eggplants especially when hot and dry. On eggplants they are particularly annoying as they scar the fruit and so it doesn't develop well and will split. A little cooler and wetter and I have beautiful fruit developing again.
A couple of weeks ago, these cucumbers were really struggling to the point where I was about to rip them out. Fast forward to some lovely rain and we have flowers!! I have just planted bean seeds and some more brassica seeds (direct sown this morning- we'll see how I go). I have marathon broc, ruby red and mini cabbage and amazing cauliflower seeds.
This other bed has caused me no end of trouble. We had a cool snap a couple of weeks ago so I planted some snow peas and transplanted my own beetroot and lettuce seedlings. Well as you can see, that was a disaster. 1 pea, 1 beetroot and 1/2 the lettuce survived. I direct sowed beetroot seeds quite thickly about 1 week ago, replanted the peas as well and bought some lettuce seedlings to fill in the gaps. Things have popped up nicely but we will see if they survive and continue to grow.
Well that's about it for me folks. I am almost ready to pot my strawberry runners up, have made some rosella jam and been squeezing fresh rio red grapefruit juice. Love this time of year and am looking forward to my garden being productive again.
Happy gardening folks.
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