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
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