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March blog and finally some rain.

So all that wild weather last week that everyone copped - we got nothing.  Not a single drop.  Friday through to today finally broke that.  We've had some nice gentle rain that will hopefully make everything take off.   I've got a lot of jobs to do though and this rain on the weekend business is not conducive to me getting it done.

I've started to do my annual horse manure on all the beds.  My little citrus grove at the back desperately needed some rejuvenation as well as the small verge garden out the front.  Horsemanure, soil wetter, fertiliser and good drink of worm juice and the soil is now looking good.  It will be ready for me to start planting in my flowers soon.  At the Ipswich Garden Expo last weekend, I got some beautiful little salvias in pink, salmon and lemon.  My blue ones are beautiful but a bit leggy and I saw these little ones and went "Oooohhhh so pretty".  They went in the ground last weekend.

Built a trellis today (in the RAIN!!)  for my snow peas and beans that went in a couple of weeks ago.  Thank you James for your snow pea seeds.  The first lot I planted in the last weekend in Feb, didn't germinate (probably too hot) but this next lot look real good.   I also the trellis out of my own bamboo so it will be tall enough for them.  On the other side of this bed is what is left of the tromboncino zucchini vine.  I could have cut it back and rejuvenated it like I 've done previously but I started some new ones so am letting it die off.  Still getting Zucc's though, just not as big as previously.  Hopefully my new ones will start producing before too long.

Directly sowed some assorted brassica's into a bed along with some very quick to grow pack choi.   The pak choi came up no drama's and going strong,  I had to reseed the spots where I had my other brassica's and only a few have come up.  Giving it one last shot and then I'll go back to my trusty wicking pots for sowing seeds into and transplanting.  Such a PAIN though, I have limited time this year and double handling is annoying so I wanted to try to stop as much as possible.  No - the seeds aren't old - they germinate but then either something eats them while they are teeny tiny, or they up and die.

I'm getting eggplant, a couple of tomato's and HEAPS OF CUCUMBERS from the garden at the moment.

The cucumber vine is absolutely mad!  It was a floriana continental cucumber seedling and I was harvesting cucumbers 3 weeks after planting it - I kid you not!! About 4 per week of these giant monsters.  The worm wee is working well my friends.

Andy inspired me with his video a couple of weeks ago to give sprouting another go.  I haven't been lazy and have flushed with water twice per day and have been eating luscious sprouts for the last week and 1/2.  Amazing what following instructions will do :)

All my citrus are doing great.  The older orange, mandarin and lemon are just loaded this year.   The photo's are in order.

I got a malabar spinach about a month ago from the lady at the markets who got me enthusiastic about worm farming again and I copied her idea about growing it on my front step.  The cage does two things a) keeps the chooks out and b) gives it something to climb on.

Also at the Ipswich garden expo, I got a dwf duccasse banana.  It is currently in a pot until I get the time/motivation to dig out all my lady fingers.  They are just too tall and I've lost too many to bats lately.

And lastly, my beautiful goldfinger banana's have sent out another massive spike.  It is going to stop me driving in my driveway for about 6 months but it is worth it.

Well, that's it from me folks.  Sophie and I have swapped dates for a garden visit so I'm doing May now.  It will be good to see you all here. 

Happy gardening.

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Comment by Lissa on March 20, 2017 at 18:23

Driving through the city today after an excursion to Eagle Farm and it was pouring  down I could barely see where I was going. Rained very heavily at Kenmore too and it was raining all the way back to Dayboro though I don't know how much actually fell here today.

Comment by Lissa on March 20, 2017 at 18:21

Looking good :)

Where did you buy your sprouting mix and container from Susan? Thinking of doing it again for fresh greens while I move around.

Comment by Roger Clark on March 20, 2017 at 14:12

Well we actually got some rain today as well!! I've been turning the sound off when the weather comes on the TV as I was fed up hearing about everywhere getting rain while we were as dry as a bone.

Another blog where Susan outshines us all.

I am still an optimist though and have planted out a lot just lately, so hope to have something to shout about before too long. Anyway I've still got a lot of tank water so I can keep everything coming along if we don't get much of a follow up. So watch out Susan, you'll have to redouble your efforts to keep ahead!!

Comment by Sophie on March 20, 2017 at 9:47

Yay! glad you got some rain..eventually. It's been non stop over here and the ground has gotten boggy (already!). Citrus looking great!and the cukes! good that you've sprouted - I keep forgetting or neglecting, must get back on to it! I was surprised that my old dried pantry chickpeas and buckwheat sprouted last week too!

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