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Long time away from the garden

Hi everyone,


Just thought I'd say hello as its been quite a while since I've posted anything.  I have been looking at all your posts though  and it has kept me motivated throughout the busy times and of course, looking at Lissa's beautiful garden blog inspires me. 


Last time I wrote, I had a devestating problem with hairy caterpilla's.  I'd like to say that I listened to Elaines wisdom to wait it out but the truth is, I got lazy and just let the garden be for the last 8 months.    Upside to this is that when I finally got out there to clean it up, I had tonnes of green material for the compost and NO caterpilla's but the downside was that the sweet potato went absolutely nuts and I am still finding shoots coming up everywhere.  It has gotten to the point where I just poison it, I am that sick of it.  I ended up replanting it out beside the driveway where nothing grows so that if I want some, I can get it but I have no risk of it taking over the vegie garden again.


With all that rain last year, my mandarin tree dropped all its fruit except for 1 mandarin which I did not notice until it turned bright orange last week.  It was a nice surprise and was absolutely delicious.


This is my asexual red papaya tree.  Last tree I had was a huge disappointment as the fruit was quite revolting.  This one is divine!!! We're currently harvesting about one a week.They weigh aout 3 kg and considering they're selling at about $5 akg at the markets,I've already reaped back what I spent on it.











My little peach tree is no longer so little.  Last year I lost most of the fruit to fruit fly so this year, as soon as the fruit sets, I'm going to cover it in mosquito netting and will hopefully protect my harvest.

I finally finished raising the last 3 garden beds.  I now have a total of 5 usable beds but as I am so busy at the moment, I am trying to restrict myself to having just 2 active at a time.  This is one I started planting out at the beginning of may.  Broccoli and zucchini from seedlings are doing great so far.  As this bed had a really good rest and tonnes of compost, I'm hoping that I'll actually manage to get fully grown zucchini's this year.  Last year, despite the plant being beautiful and healthy, the ends would rot off my zucchini's.

 I have strawberries at the front, pea shoots starting, baby spinach and spring onions.  Then broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, tomatos and corianda.  On the bed to the right, I'm going to plant out my new seedlings of leeks, cucumbers, more broccoli and spinach and some silverbeet which have just been planted today with the help of my daughter and son

My little boy desparately wanted to be in a photo of my garden but turned away at the last minute.   Well that's it from me.  I'm hoping to contribute more often as things have started to settle down for me and will hopefully be back soon :)

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Comment by Lissa on June 25, 2011 at 16:43

Paul - my beds are named "1", "2" and "3" and they're even running stupidly right to left.

Not as imaginative as you lol - my dogs have names though along with my children ;)

Comment by Donna on June 22, 2011 at 11:33
We are glad you found us cos now we get to enjoy your garden too :)
Comment by Lissa on June 21, 2011 at 5:18

I have a little Kodak Easy Share which is so easy to use and load pics from. I also own something way more flash to take better quality pics, but life has been so hectic this year I just haven't got my head around it yet.

I like to keep seasonal pics of the garden, as it changes in subtle ways that you don't notice unless you have a record. I did a little Northey St course a year or so back and they recommended keeping a diary - then I found BLF and it gives the perfect venue for keeping not only a written diary but a pictorial one as well.

Comment by Lissa on June 19, 2011 at 6:59

You are having fun aren't you Paul :D

Really looking forward to the "after" pics.

Comment by Lissa on June 16, 2011 at 7:04
We have ceiling insulation and I'm sure it helps but our house is a wooden floor raised off the ground about 4' and it gets cold! Great to walk on though :)
Comment by Shirley on June 15, 2011 at 9:08
It feels like we are in for a cold winter.  We don't use any heating, we do have a split system AC but don't use it at all.  We are lucky that our house is always warm in the winter, just to wear a jumper or dressing gown seems to be enough even on the coldest of days.  We have ceiling insulation both under the metal sheeting and on the top of the gyprock, so pretty much double what most people have.  Whether it is that that makes such a difference, in our last house it got freezing, teeth chattering at times lol.  I have been out and bought myself a pair of good thick soled slippers the sort granny would wear :) that is more comfortable with the tiled floors.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 15, 2011 at 7:32
We gave away our oil heater - we've thermal curtains and ceiling insulation and just rug up a bit. The tiles make for a cold floor though so wearing something sturdy on the feet helps. A small heater in the bathroom takes the chill off the air and apart from wearing a beenie now and then we're spared the worst of the cold.
Comment by Lissa on June 15, 2011 at 5:52

Will have to buy yourself a pair of sheepskin boots and a good warm anarak Paul to keep warm.

I try not to turn on my AC unless it's freezing cold. I get around the house looking like an eskimo with all my gear on.

Comment by Lissa on June 11, 2011 at 16:15
Even with the aircon on "heat" my African trainees sit there shivering. It's miserable English weather at the moment - gray and cold.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 11, 2011 at 15:23
Aren't you at Gracemere Paul? Is that around 20-30 klms from the coast - I am right on the coast about 1km from the edge of the continent. Very romantic but very humid at times. And it's definitely brass-monkey weather today ;-)

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