This is my absolute favourite time of year. Not only is it my birthday month (which I love being spoilt on) it is also the time of year where everything is productive and looking great. We have been having fresh yellow beans (the best I've tasted), broccoli, tomato's, zucchini's, silverbeet and salad greens from the garden. The broccoli is so healthy at the moment but they are all ripening at once. I have 3 more heads in the fridge this size and have 4 more in the garden. Will definitely have to pick them today and I'm going to try freezing some for the first time ever. My next (and last) crop won't be ready for another 5 weeks yet, so I need to try and make it last. I leave them in the ground because I can usually harvest shoots in about 2 weeks, so they will fill the fresh gap and I'll try to keep the frozen stuff so I won't need to buy broccoli much.
Here are some photo's of my fruit trees - first the apples. Only 1 graft is doing well. I'm not giving up hope on the other 2 but this one is doing great. I have 12 apples on it so far and still heaps of flowers. Last year I got 3 from it. I'm so excited!! This year looks to be a huge harvest. Don't they look strange though to start. If I didn't know they were apples, I would never have guessed it from looking at them.
Next is my peach/nectarine tree. Going fantastic. Have at least 60 fruit on it - mostly peaches as that is the graft that is doing the best but will get at least 15 nectarines from the 2 nectarine grafts. I do NOT want to lose any fruit to grubs this year so if you guys have any suggestions how I can keep whatever it is that stings them away it would be more than appreciated.
My lychee trees are covered in flowers - I'm hoping that I'll get a decent crop off them this year as I ended up with nothing last year. They still aren't even as tall as me!
My little mango tree is about 50 cm high. Yet it has mango's!! I'm hoping to at least get 1 off it this year but it looks great.
I only planted this lemon tree 3 months ago and it is covered in new growth and flowers - can't wait until next year when I have my own lemons and the kids can make their own lemonade!!
I love hippeastrums - they are the most gorgeous flowers. Its a shame they only flower at this time of year. I have 2 of about 20 flower stems open up yesterday. I need to dig them up this year as they are so crowded.
My cucumbers, tomatos, capsicums (have 4 plants, they are only 20 cm high and each have at least 2 capsicums on them - they are looking great!) and silverbeet.
I've planted watermelon, rockmelon and corn in my fourth bed. For some reason, my corn is not comig up well and I'm getting very annoyed with it. Is it too early to be planting??? anyway, that's it from me for now.
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