Did you miss me :) ? I started back at school and I had a couple of gardening projects on the go over the holidays so things got a bit away from me... but I'm baaaaccckkk!!!
I think you all saw the before and after shots of what I had started to do in the garden - there's the link if you missed it - That needed to get finished (still isn't but it's a lot closer to completion). I had to build the rectangle garden bed around the peach tree and I put my 3 other rhubarb plants in (Big boy - diggers and 2x sydney crimson - daley's) as well as some bush alpine strawberries that I had grown from seed. The little plants were very healthy - I'm waiting to see how they'll do here.
I also had to plant my new Loquat tree (Bessel brown this time) and a Persimmon Ichikikijiro. Why do I need two loquats you ask? Well I don't but my stupid dog dug up the last one (2 days after I planted it) and chewed on it like a bone. This time, I have a fence around them until they start to establish.
Harvesting some carrots, broccoli shoots, peas and 1 nice cucumber (but doesn't look like I'm getting any more)
I have some awesome beans about to start producing. I did only grow bush varieties but haven't had a lot of success with them lately so I'm growing climbing beans instead.
My chillies are still pumping out heaps!! I finally got round to making my first ever chilli jam - and it is DELICIOUS!! It is actually a chilli and lime jam and needed Kaffir lime leaves so what did I do? I went out and bought a Kaffir lime tree the day I made it :) It is now also planted on the verge garden bed and if people help themselves - no biggy. It's not like I use that much of it anyway.
My chookies are all producing at the moment. It is so pretty to look at their eggs all stacked up. We are getting about 25 - 30 eggs per week at the moment so I've been making lots of passionfruit butter (still getting passionfruits ripening What THE?), Quiche for dinners and bread and butter puddings. To think that only a month ago, I had to buy a dozen eggs as only two were laying. We have 2 isa browns, 2 Araucana's (bluey-greens) and a bitsa and minorca that both lay white.
I'm a little behind on my vegies at the moment. You'd think I'd be able to find 20 minutes or so to plant my next lot of seeds but I just haven't found the time. I need to get root vegetables resown, next lot of brassica's, various flowers and some more shallots etc. Thanks to Dave, I now know of a loose leaf cabbage substitute that I'm going to try from 4 seasons seeds. I bought seeds so when I start them, if anyone wants some plants, I'm sure I'll have plenty started. Dave did say they were a little hard to start though, so I'll keep you posted. Of course I couldn't just by the cabbage seeds - I HAD to justify the postage :)
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