Well, I'm calling it anyway as the garden seems to think it's done and it's warm enough. All my pretties have come out!
And here is the bouquet I picked today. Poppies, lavenders, sweet peas and crysanthemums.
Mulberries have called it as well!
Here is the weekend harvest of food. Broccoli (I know!! I thought I didn't have much but the heads grew heaps!) Sugar loaf cabbage, trombonccinos, beetroot, (more) passionfruit and pawpaws, eggplant, beans, tomato's and salad leaves (beetroot, spinach and mixed lettuce). We had a bbq this weekend and I made a salad with the leaves, beetroot and sweet potato's (from last week) - big hit with everyone - and a normal salad of tomato's, salad leaves and cucumber (also from last week). Loving when the garden is providing enough to be able to dish up salads entirely from the garden.
The trombonccino's are amazing. If you have not tried these yet as a zucchini substitute - DO!!! I have seeds for people to try and I can't recommend them enough. The trial over winter was a big success. Not once did I run out! I was worried about powdery mildew and sprayed with eco-fungicide about 3 times at the beginning of winter but then the lady bugs moved in and kept everything under control. I have planted new seeds though cause it is looking very untidy and has started to grow over the grape trellis - once bud burst happens, they'll have to get cut back. Another weird winter thing with them is that they don't seem to put out many male flowers over winter - you can still get trombonccino's but harvesting smaller than usual (still better than ordinary non-pollinated zucchini size - and they last better) but I'm missing my stuffed fried zucchini flowers.
I have never tried brassica's out in my front garden wicking beds. As a trial, I planted a left over seedling of broccoli a couple of months ago and it has done fine so I planted out new ones today and netted the 2 beds. Just in time to, because today I noticed about 4 huge grasshoppers.
Look what I did to my tomato's today! I don't want to lose any of them cause they outgrow the trellis and then flop down. These ones are just mixed saved seeds from market bought tomato's. Some red and some black but all cherry types.
Last thing I did today was to prune most of the roses and fertilise them and the hippeastrums in preparation for spring. The hippe's usually start sending up flower spikes by mid september so I'm just in time.
Lastly - MY first harvest of rhubarb!! Not very red because these are the seedling ones I bought but mixed them with some strawberries to make Rhubarb/strawberry crumble. Delish.
Well that's it from me guys. Happy gardening.
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