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Hi all, welcome to march in my garden,

I have been inspired by Andy's shed wars to keep a log of everything that we eat that is coming out of the garden.  My goal is to do 1 month but i've already done my first week and want to share what we are eating.  The tally stands at 19 eggs, 400g Trombonccino/zucchini,  400g eggplant, 110g chilli, 300g Tomato, 200g figs, 1.6kg Banana, 1.2 kg paw paw, 350g Asparagus, 200g beans, 300g cucumber, 100g spring onion, 200g lemonade, 20g lettuce.  Considering the garden is not yet over the summer lull, I am quite pleased.  Here is a photo of today's harvest -> this belongs in next week's tally.

I have been frantically planting plenty of seeds and getting them out into garden beds.  Some, I am loosing but I'm trying to make sure I have plenty of seeds on the go so I always have something to chuck in it's place.  Here is the area where I do my seed sowing.  It's also where I keep my indoor plants that I rotate every week or so through the house. 

It is almost time to be preparing my strawberries again for going up on the fence.  I have my standard redlands joy which are tried and true in my garden.  They won't be ready to pot up until april, however, last year at the end of the season, I bought Fresca and Sumo.   The Fresca has put out strawberries all summer and are now starting to send out abundant bunches despite it not getting any care.   My plan is to pot these up next weekend and get them out early onto my fence to maybe enjoy a really early bunch of strawberries while I wait for my redlands joy to catch up.  Don't know how the sumo will perform with care but I'll dedicate 2 pots to it for a decent trial. 

The first brassica bed which I planted out in feb is doing really well.  Hoping to have broccoli in April this year. 

I have a tomato /bean jungle growing at the moment.  The tomato is just one plant and it  will be coming out as soon as my other plants come into production but right now, they are all I'm getting.  Which is better than most summers when I get no tomatoes at all.  I have bought the occasional pack of cherry tomatoes to supplement our needs but I've only just had to start buying canned tomatoes as I've run out of my jarred tomatoes that I use for cooking.  Not too bad - I should be harvesting in a month or so.  This year, I'm going to aim for 24 jars of tomatoes put up and that should get me through the 3-4 months of summer when I can't grow abundant tomatoes. 

Using my in ground space before it got too shaded, I planted a last batch of corn which is developing well.

I'm also having another shot at growing onions.  This time, I made sure I bought short day length type and have planted them at the appropriate time of year for SE queensland.  In fact, I had some I started in january which if you look carefully, you'll be able to see them in the back 1.5 rows.   I then thickly sowed the same varieties (brown and white cippioloni, and red burgandy) in the next rows.  

In terms of fruit, we are back to harvesting my goldfinger banana's.  I currently have 2 bunches which opened up about 1 month apart.  I've started picking 1/3 of  hand per week of the first bunch and my 1 week old harvest is just starting to turn colour.  This should keep us in banana's  for hopefully 3 months between the 2 bunches by harvesting this way. 

It is almost mandarin time.  My miho wase satsuma's are starting to lighten up as they are a super early variety and should be ripe in april.   I've never been too fussed by these as previous years they have been quite dry.  I've put that down to lack of water while fruit has been developing but this year, summer has been exceptionally kind and with all the rain we've been having, it has no excuse.  If they are not succulent this year, i'm ripping out the tree!!! I also have emporer's then imperials then afourer to ripen so I should have mandarins until September. 

The Paw paw is reaching for the sky.  I planted another (seed grown) last year and it is growing slowly.  It will replace this poor old thing when it is done.   I know you can chop these down but it is in my banana grove so a) it won't recieve enough light if I chop it and b) it is at least 7 years old so is nearly at the end of its life anyway.   

I also spotted the cutest little pineapple starting!  It was buried under my asparagus's so I didn't notice it until today as I was searching for asparagus spears.  I am finding that pineapples don't need full sun to produce pineapples but can anyone tell me if they will be tasty>

My 3 little chicken hatchlings are not so little anymore.  One of them is definitely a rooster and destined to be chicken dinner but the other 2 lovies will replace my lost ones to the fox attack.  Because they are a heritage breed (sussex) they take a lot longer to start producing eggs - 6 months - but my last lot have proven to be good little layers. 

I don't know if this was any of you guys, I've checked with all my friends, but I came home one day and this plant had been left in my driveway.  No note or anything so I don't know who to thank.  If it was you, can you let me know.

Lastly, it just wouldn't be my blog without flowers. 

Well that's it from me guys.  Hopefully you are getting in all your winter crops including tomatoes and enjoying the (slightly) cooler weather.  More rain forcast for us so YAY!

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Comment by Barbara Tealby on March 19, 2021 at 9:42

They should be OK for a while, Christa, as I've potted them up a size. Maybe next GV.

Comment by Christa on March 18, 2021 at 18:36

Just found your nice offer of seedlings Barbara,  that sounds great but don't know when when we  could pick them up.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 15, 2021 at 9:09

Susan you will be pleased to know that my Roses are all flowering in the Rose Garden & out the Front & what a show they are now putting on, it was just a bit early when I had my Garden Visit.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 15, 2021 at 9:07

Your Garden is looking Fabulous Susan, you remain to be an inspiration to all our members. If you have not been to Susan's Garden for a Garden Visit you will have a chance to do so on April 17th and I am sure you will truly be inspired.

Thanks so Much for Sharing your wonderful efforts, you are a True Urban Farmer!!!

Anyone wishing to fill the gaps on the Garden Events Calendar please call or message me, Dianne..

Comment by Tyler on March 15, 2021 at 8:57

do you ever try to grow Kangaroo Vine/Native Grape

Comment by Barbara Tealby on March 15, 2021 at 7:36

Christa, I've got a couple of seedlings from Vivienne's bisexual red pawpaw left if you'd like them. They've been in the pots quite a while now, but might save you the angst of waiting for new seedlings to declare their gender. Let me know if you would like them - I certainly don't need them as I've got three of their brothers?/sisters? in the ground and bearing already. Vivienne gave me some of her fruit to try, and they are delicious.

Comment by Christa on March 15, 2021 at 7:04

Thanks for your reminder with planting seeds, Susan.  We have an old faithful Pawpaw, red, which is tall and reaching for the sky.  So we planted some seeds hoping to start again, but they all turned out to be male plants.  They will be chopped out and used for mulch, all 4 of them.    

Don't worry about your pineapple, I'm sure it will be sweet, just wait till it bends over a bit.  Good luck with the onions, never had luck with them.  Your banana plants always serve you well.  

Your harvest record will be an interesting total at year's end.  Great effort.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on March 15, 2021 at 6:57

Inspirational again, Susan. I can tell you that I have grown pineapples in my southern fence garden, where they get full sun for eight months of the year and shade for most of the other four months. The fruits were lovely and sweet, though the plants took a fair time to fruit - even more than the regulation two years.

Comment by Dave Riley on March 14, 2021 at 22:50

I always assumed onions were a long time coming...

I buy heaps of spring onion seedlings at the markets and grow those deploying cut and come again and by replanting the roots of full stem ones I've purchased. But it has been a terrible Summer here for spring onions.

I do love leeks but "ditto' they too take forever.

There are so many spring onion varieties but all of these I've had trouble bringing on from seed. My Walking Onions all died -- or got up and left. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 14, 2021 at 21:09

That's quite an impressive week total Susan!  I got some onions from a friend that were doing really well... until yesterday.  The chooks got out.  I can't find any sign of them except a few shredded stalks of green.  

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