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Big day tomorrow, my garden is open for our local Organic & Seed Savers group, hope the rain holds off.

Things a bit late this year but we are eating our own greens for salads, radish, cherry tomatoes ,few long beans still, plenty of pumpkin & sweet potato, & am still experimenting with the arrowroot crop. I spotted my first zuccini this am, beetroot soon but the carrots will be awhile, should soon have heas on the chinese broccoli. Just wish we could grow these crops all year round.

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Comment by Jane on June 19, 2010 at 17:08
True Food Guide - latest headlines.

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Comment by Jane on June 9, 2010 at 17:09
Just attended Gladstone Ecofest on Sunday, bigger & better than ever. Helped on our Organic Growers & Seed Savers stand, it was most encouraging to have a lot of interest in growing in back yards, we were selling some seeds & ran out of several varities, people were looking for those seeds not easily avaliable inplaces like Bunnings & local garden shops, like Long beans. Hopefully the trend will continue.
Comment by Jane on May 31, 2010 at 20:01
Nothing much I can tell you Elaine, it was a nice pale orange melon, to my mind not really mango flavour but still nice. I'm saving the seeds & willing to share. The fellow who brought it from the stall said it was called a 'bush mango', but by looks, taste & seeds it must be a melon.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 30, 2010 at 17:03
Mango melon? :-O - do tell!
Comment by Jane on May 30, 2010 at 16:25
thanks for good wishes, the day was very sucessful, 15 members attending. the swap table was full of produce, including lettuce seedlings, pumpkins, cucumber, large cherry tomatoes, acerola cherries, pie melons, coconuts & a mango melon that came from a local stall, great taste & we've kept the seeds to try in the spring.
We inspected the garden, dug both lady finger bananas & arrowroot to share, inspected my "white house" (insect excullison tunnel) also the damage the beanfly have done. Lots of fruit on the Black Persimmon, ut tasting will have to wait till they ripen usually in the spring.
Our leader Cheryl took lots of pics, will have to get some copies.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 28, 2010 at 20:36
Ah but think how much more you appreciate these cold-weather crops when you do have them! Jane, have a great open garden. Some pix will be lovely! :-)
Comment by Florence on May 28, 2010 at 20:12
Thanks for sharing Jane, have fun with your open garden event tomorrow ~

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