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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.

 Growing over grape vines (and roses)


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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Comment by Valerie on August 14, 2017 at 12:30

Your harvest of fruit, flowers and veggies looks awesome. I'd love to have another go with tromboccino seeds or seedling. My order from greenharvest has arrived and I will be planting some seeds, hoping to have some ready for Gayle's GV. 

Comment by Sophie on August 14, 2017 at 12:18

so cool Susan!!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 14, 2017 at 11:35

Fantastic as always.  Gayle - I can give you some seedlings after Wednesday.  

Comment by GayleD on August 14, 2017 at 8:27

wow.  must try growing some trombonccino

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on August 14, 2017 at 7:41

amasing - really inspiring to get into and do more than pull weeds from the garden - we were recommended green stemmed rhubarb - the recommendation was it does better in our humid warm climate than the red stem variety and it seems to work here - love rhubarb and apple and the gran-kids love it with yogurt ! 

Comment by Lissa on August 14, 2017 at 6:40

Lots going on in the garden :) Change of season is always interesting...using up the last of the previous and starting the new.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 13, 2017 at 21:33

Cool Susan ... such abundance! There's not-very-red Rhubarb so some of those greenish stems could be other varieties.

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