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Hi Everyone,

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 :)

Anyway guys, that's it from me.  Hopefully I'll get back to posting a bit more regularly again. Happy gardening.


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Comment by Rob Collings on July 19, 2016 at 21:42

Those carrots (and everything else) look great. Well done on the chilli jam.

Comment by Susan on July 18, 2016 at 22:19

Thanks guys.  Lissa - sure, go ahead, I don't mind.  Christa, I'm kinda glad he did eat the other one because when you reminded me that it was the Bessel Brown that we really liked the taste of, I had already ordered the other.  Fate really :)

Comment by Christa on July 18, 2016 at 20:45

Your day must hold more than 24 hours Susan. The egg carousel is great and the coloured eggs are amazing. You will have to find a chook that lays spotted eggs now.  The Bessel loquat tasted very nice when we visited Daleys.  It will be good to see what the fruit of the persimmon Ichikikijiro looks like.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 18, 2016 at 18:08

Yep know a bit about that. Make the most of it, Susan!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 18, 2016 at 17:34

She's Young, Cheryl.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on July 18, 2016 at 17:02

I really don't know how you manage all you do - garden, as always, looking good and productive.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 18, 2016 at 7:10

Great to see you enjoying not only growing but cooking with your produce. Doesn't it make you feel good. I bet that Passionfruit Butter and Chilli Jam taste even better knowing you made them from ingredients you grew. I am looking forward to seeing your garden later in the year.

Comment by Lissa on July 18, 2016 at 5:22

Shared your egg pic on FB. Hope you don't mind :) It's a beauty.

Comment by Lissa on July 18, 2016 at 5:19

Wonderful! Exciting!

Love that you went out and bought a Kaffir Lime due to a recipe lol. LOVE the pic of the eggs. Struth I wish I had some chooks. My daughter in Alice Springs has just acquired two. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 17, 2016 at 23:30

You are doing amazingly well on such a tiny plot Susan. 

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