Hi everyone. I am trying to be a little more regular with the blogging; aiming for every 2 weeks or so. It's fun, I love sharing my garden with everyone and it is great at allowing me to keep up with what I am doing and how my garden is progressing (I would never put this much effort into a garden journal).
Well, I'm just a little excited. Today, once the sun had peeked through, I was just wandering around the garden and decided to pull up one of my little carrots to see how things were progressing. I looked for the largest stem and pulled it out. While not huge, (They were planted end of May and are due to be harvested end of september) they are a very decent size. I decided to pull enough for dinner tonight, as well as add some little beetroots, to have roasted with roast chicken. These were the Halequin f1 from Master gardeners so I had hoped to get a multitude of colour. Out of the 5 I pulled, all were yellow. It may just be that the yellow variety develops faster but I will be very disappointed if none turn out to be purple or white.
Here was this mornings haul from the garden. You can see a scabby little broccoli head in amongst all that. Very disappointed with it but probably not the seeds fault, mostly mine. I was so paranoid with the slater problem I had in the other bed and losing so many brocc/cauli seedlings, that I left two to develop in every spot. Too much over crowding methinks!
All this wonderful rain has come to fill my tank up nicely. It also couldn't have come at a better time. My citrus are all starting to bloom again, the multigrafted apple has new flowers and the multigrafted peach/nectarine has tiny fruit developing all over it. My netting is coming soon and once the last graft finishes flowering, that thing will be covered head to toe and hopefully I'll get to eat all of my beautiful harvest this year :)
A first time for me is growing my own potatoes. Now don't laugh at my little harvest - I never really expected much. They were store bought potatoes that had started to chit on my bench and rather than throw them out, I thought "what the heck -lets give this a go". They had started to die off on me last week, way earlier than what they were supposed to, so I didn't hold much hope. There seemed to be no apparent reason, the bushes looked healthy and then just died. I started to dig through all the layers and found this delightful supply ( I only planted 3 to start with). And… I also worked out the reason for their sudden death. I found bones, yes that's right, BONES buried in the mulch. Bloody DOG!! She obviously got in there and knocked things around a bit. Anyway, I have a question about the little baby potatoes - Is it worth throwing them in the ground or should I just leave it? I started another little potato patch with storebought potatoes about a month ago and they are doing really well so far. I just need to keep the dog and the chooks out of the bed.
I posted a photo about a week ago about our new layer Penny joining the ranks. Gosh she is worth it. Laid her first pretty blue egg at about 22 weeks (far better than some of those older free loaders) and she is laying about 6 eggs per week (also much greater than vicky (1 every 2nd day) and Minty (3 out of 4 days). She is an Australorp crossed with Aracauna that I got from Marie from BLF. I would recommend getting these if you can. While here eggs are more of a mint green than true blue, they are very pretty and frequent. We are now getting about 14 eggs a week (those in the egg carton are all mine) so I have stopped buying eggs . YaY!! I am having trouble keeping track of new vs old eggs. At the moment, I have a two carton system, where all the eggs from one week goes in one and the eggs from the next in another but I have "subtly" requested an egg skelter for my birthday. This is what I hope my gorgeous display of eggs will look like once I obtain it.
I also made an impulse buy on the weekend. I have now become the owner of a beautiful little one year old Malay golden dwarf coconut palm. Never really wanted one of these (coming from north queensland beaches, coconuts were never anything special) until I saw Steve's add on BLF forum. Did I have room? -> I'll make some. As I live out at wynnum and there is absolutely no danger of frosts, that little palm will get transplanted into a nice warm, sunny spot. I'm thinking that it will do really well out the front near the Banana's and mango tree.
That's it from me. I'm still waiting for those beautiful spring days but have welcomed the lovely rain over the past week (just wish it would rain weekdays instead of weekends but can't have everything :)