How is everyone enjoying the weather? Myself, I've quite enjoyed the slightly cooler days and even though we are still in summer, I have been getting out into the garden in the arvo's a lot more.
Well mangoes are now being enjoyed in our house. I lost the first few because I was too impatient and picked them to early. Left over from my days as a northern Queenslander where mangoes were ready mid to late December. In total, we had 15 on the tree - Not bad considering it is a meter tall tops! They have been beautiful. The variety is a dwarf Irwin bought from Daleys.
My pumpkins are going strong. So far have 3 pumpkins (one has already been harvested -> spots went yellowy and it fell off the vine anyway) but lots more small immature fruit that I'm waiting to see if they keep growing (I counted 6 that had been definitely fertilised as they were the size of a tennis ball). I learnt my lesson from the last one that dropped off by itself and am making "t-shirt" nets for the 2 hanging on the fence. Look at the size of this monster though.
And my Zucchini & Cucumbers. The Zucchs are giving me about 3 fruit per week - perfect for us. The cucumber has been a bit weird. These are the first fruit on it and it seems to have very few female flowers though tonight, I noticed 3 and fertilised them.My toad skin melons are finally doing well. 3 fruit and counting so far. I will have to "t-shirt" net these as well. Lucky my kids keep outgrowing their clothes :)
I have been listening to Perth gardening radio podcasts with Sabrina Haan (I think that's her name). It's quite entertaining and I learn something too. My beds had been sinking an aweful lot and some of them dry out really badly, particularly those filled with majority potting mix and she started talking about mixing in coco peat with your raised beds to improve moisture retention and provide air pockets. So I'm going to top up all my beds, one by one as they become empty, with some coco peat. I already did this to the new bed and filled it with strawberry runners taken from the bed out the front and since this was now empty -> mixed in coco peat. The soil already looks so much better for it. Into this bed, I'm planning to try and get one more melon harvest -> full sun and small bed so might heat up enough.
Well that's just about it from me. Still waiting for my Pawpaw to ripen and banana's to fatten up - though exciting news, I saw the half leaf on my Lady fingers that means I'll finally be getting my first bunch from those (since the builders knocked the first one over last year just as it sent up a flower spike). Still getting 2-3 passionfruit and 1-2 lemons per week. Made fish patties with the lemon rinds and lemon grass (which is going great!) last night - was really good. Couple of seeds started (beetroot, marigolds, carrots and lettuce) but need to start broccoli and cauli's. These are in self watering pots in afternoon shade from the tank. See you all next time.
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