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Mid December and greenness everywhere

Have I been loving this rain or what!! Tank is full again, garden is looking good - my husband had to mow the lawn two weeks in a row and because the days are mostly overcast, not too hot.

Well, the tromboncino's are going from strength to strength. 

I've found another way to eat the flowers - as a baked vegetarian lasagne!  Amazing.

Lots of vegies coming out of the garden at the moment.  Beans, corn, trom/zucchini, lettuce, capsicums, cucumbers, tomato's, silverbeet and chilli's.

Check out my custard apple!! So excited!  There are 5 on there now and I cannot wait to taste my first one - after 8 bloody long years.

First mango's on the palmer (?) out the front.  I have 6 about this size on my 2 yr old tree.  Bought a net to go over these as they are right at the front fence and I want to deter pilfering fingers :)

I'm hoping this photo gives you an idea of the grape harvest I may be in for this year.  I have about 6m of fence line covered with two muscadine grape vines (noble and adonis) and all is this loaded. 

My adriatic fig is doing real well.  Covered in fruit despite only being about 50 cm high.  I had my first one a couple of weeks ago and there are a few more almost ready but they take for ages to ripen.  I know they're close though as they get really big and loose their bright green colour just before ripening.

A friend of mine from work is retiring to New Zealand and he knows what a crazy garden nut that I am so he gave me all his old pots.  I'm slowly going to find uses for them but at the moment, they are holding up my latest banana spike.

Lastly, I'll leave you with a photo of my A-frame melon patch.  It has been about 3 weeks from the previous blog and you can see the massive amount of growth!  So far doing really well so I've done another one with cucumbers and melons in it. 

Well, that's it from me folks - happy gardening :)

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Comment by Lissa on December 16, 2016 at 18:00

Thank you Prem :)

Comment by Prem Akhil on December 16, 2016 at 14:43

Hi Lissa.

Neem cake has been successfully used in India for centuries as a wholesome natural NPK fertiliser with pesticidal properties. Neem trees are wild harvested for its seed for production of neem oil which is used in ayurvedic medicine, cosmetics and industrial products. It is widely used as natural pesticide through out India, Asian countries and USA. Unfortunately, unlike other countries, its registration for use as a pesticide in food crops in Australia is difficult. However, neem oil is sold in Australia but not registered for use as a pesticide. Neem Cake, as Elaine de Saxe said is the bi-product of neem seeds after the oil is extracted from it. Neem cake is available in India as neem fruit cake where the whole fruit is pressed for oil, neem seed cake, where the outer pulp is removed and the seed shell with kernels are pressed for oil and the high quality neem kernel cake, where only the kernels of the neem seed is pressed for oil. Neem Kernel Cake is the most expensive as it contains the highest amount of plant available nutrients without extraneous material that the other two grades contain. I have AQIS Permit to import Neem Kernel Cake and am trying to get it into the home garden market. I only have it in 1kg bags at the moment but will be getting it in 2kg, 5kg, 10kg and 25kg bags when there is a demand for it. I will bring the 1kg packs at the next GV for all to see and buy if you like. 

w/w means weight/weight. So 4% w/w of neem kernel cake in 1kg of potting mix will contain 40gm of neem kernel cake.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 15, 2016 at 20:49

Neem oil is good for lots of conditions. It's grown in Australia but most is imported from India. I have used the Australian oil on a toenail fungus. Sorted it out in 6 weeks against a year for Tea Tree oil and much more cheaply than the $120 the Chemist wanted for some proprietary stuff. Neem oil is not so effective once it's bottled (or is that opened?) losing its potency in about 3 months so it doesn't pay to stockpile it nor buy it on a whim. No one locally sells it, I bought mine from Neeming Australia.

Neem cake is what is left once the oil has been extracted either from the seeds or the leaves.

Comment by Lissa on December 15, 2016 at 17:59


What brand (link?) of Neem cake do you use Prem?

Comment by Lissa on December 15, 2016 at 17:56

I didn't realise you could use Neem that way Prem. Years back I looked into it as a spray.

Comment by Prem Akhil on December 15, 2016 at 10:50

Your garden is looking really good Susan. Whatever you are feeding to your plants seems to be doing a great job. I see Searles potting mix in one of the photos. Neem cake gives any potting mix a boost as it provides enough natural organic NPK to sustain a healthy plant growth. You only need 1%-4% W/W mixed into potting mix for vigorous disease-free growth.

Comment by Rob Collings on December 14, 2016 at 8:25

Consistently awesome again Susan. That's real nice giant healthy fruit coming out of the gardens.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on December 13, 2016 at 15:19

Wow looks great Sue ,are you sure Jerry colby doesnt come over and give you a hand lol MERRY xmas

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 13, 2016 at 10:41

Your garden is looking so fresh and beautiful after the rain, next time please send those big black clouds our way. You are going to have a lovely supply of Grapes this year. Excitement this morning, we have quite a few Panama Berries on our tree, how is yours doing, and how big are your Berries now?

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on December 13, 2016 at 6:32

Sounds like our trees went in at about the same time, will be interested to see how your fruit progresses.  I was quite surprised to see the flowers on mine and got quite excited, oh well, thats gardening.

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