It's so beautiful.
Our lychee is covered in flowers, and the pecan and the pomegranate both have fresh leaves.
The tropical pears are off and galloping - I can see they will need a strong haircut each year to keep them under control for the space they are in.
LYCHEE, left. PECAN next to chook house (which is covered in mulberry and passionfruit)
CUBBY with mulberry curtain - our 5 y.o. is obsessed :)
The garden is somewhat overgrown, especially the lemon grass and that crazy purple bean - never did find out what it is. I have new rocket seedlings growing, so decided to give everything a hair cut.
BEFORE.... (actually I'd already done several lemongrass...) and AFTER
AFTER - i know, it looks better before, but it will bounce back better than ever with all the room for new growth . I reckon heaps of gardening is about giving everything room to grow actively all the time - removing competition for space and light and water.
Lemongrass is really easy to cut back - just grab it all up like a ponytail, and chop through just below where you're holding. I chop it more finely to use in the chook pen as straw, or once in half to drop as a mulch.
The chooks got all the bok choy that had gone to seed (except one plant). They were very happy. They also got a whole heap of rocket, but they never really eat that. Fussy!! I do - chop parsley, fresh green beans, some rocket, cherry tomatoes and basil into some plain pasta with parmesan, olive oil, salt, butter, pepper and garlic, and you have a feast!
My daughter offered to make me a cup of lemongrass tea! It was delicious :)
The banana pawpaw circle is very tall now, and still fruiting madly. Lots of big crazy mushrooms have come up in the greenwaste pile after the big rains we had - so the pile will be half the size very shortly! We're putting the dirty chook house straw on it to speed it up. It probably has a bit of indigestion - have put ENORMOUS quantities of garden waste on it recently. Note = free disposal, makes free food :)
I need a ladder for the big pawpaws now.
I put some beans in thinking they were bush beans, and they are climbers. Weirdly, they are completely just as happy as the trellised ones, scrambling over the ground. We're getting buckets of beans from them - they're much harder to pick though, you have to lift the bush up and sort of feel around. See the nest of beans visible in the middle of this photo?
Thyme is doing well since i transplanted it - one flower appearing. Oregano happy in the background there too, and the rosemary going strong. They like this hot hill, no compost. The beans are where the pigeon pea was, and they seem very happy - maybe those old rhizobia releasing nitrogen for them?
Perennial basil a must have. Chick weed weeds behind - wish the chooks would eat those, but no...
They like the broccoli much better :( This broccoli was decimated 400 times, and is now producing tiny florets at ground level! Hopeless....
Also bok choy, common chives, mizuna and coriander in this shot - all from seed, except the coriander - which has been quite successful this year - I'm thinking it was the horse manure :)
Lots of volunteers here - rocket seedlings, bean seeds sprouting, peanuts I must have missed last year, pigeon peas. Cool! No work gardening :)
More here - cosmos, poppies and beans all volunteering.
Zukes coming on well at the back in this shot . I've taken to using a sprinkler with a timer tap. I've got tank and town water. So nice the dams are full again!! And so is our tank.
I like the way the fallen banana flower bracts become water containers for the garden creatures. Lots of carrot seedlings.
Our water tank pump. The hose fitting goes vertically up - not sure if the timer tap will work on it. Don't want to break pump/ empty tank - and am too busy to supervise and experiment. Will try soon I hope - although we've sold the house, so what's the point? Sigh...
PANORAMA SHOTS OF THE YARD
Good bye dear yard, we've loved you well
Our solar lantern getting a charge
This annoying banana tree has collapsed onto the clothesline so we can't rotate it. It's been like this for months! I can't wait until they ripen...
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