Hi everyone, just thought I'd share what has been happening in my garden.
The first thing I'm most excited about is the asparagus!! I bought some crowns ($4 each BARGAIN!!) from a guy at the market back in winter (had no idea how old they were or when they would produce) and at the beginning of spring got some small spears that I let turn into fronds. Didn't expect anything else but with all this rain, they have started producing again. This was harvested over a week (only 2 plants currently putting up decent sized shoots, other 3 I'm leaving alone) and got this many again last week. Good enough to have a feed. Can't wait until all 5 start producing, it will be great.
My last attempt at growing my Black Futsu pumpkins was a failure. I only got 2 and picked them early because either possums or rats were starting to get into them. Planted these 2 back in September and they are looking great. I already have 7 pumpkins developing nicely. A bit susceptable to powdery mildew (as are my charentais melons) so have been spraying all curbits to try to keep it in check.
One thing that isn't susceptable to mildew is the Moon & stars watermelon. But, I only got 3 Melons so I'm not sure if I will keep it going as it takes over everything. However, check out the size of the melon (photo does not do it justice). I reckon it weighs about 5-6 kg if not more.
Have bought 3 new blueberry plants. Am kicking myself as my other 2 are about 3 years old now and I'm getting a good handful every 2 days (on the right). If I had of bought 5, I would be getting a decent feed by now. However, I wasn't sure how'd they'd go in my garden so was reluctant to invest in something that may die.
My first banana's. YAY!!
I,ve repeatedly tried to grow strawberries with very limited success. This time I decided to give self-watering pots a try (I have 5). So far, so good. I only need to water them once every 5 days (refill the reservoir) and they look good. Only problem was that I found toads were getting into the reservoir. My solution, a little bit of metal mesh cut in three spots so it acts like an old fashioned peg and blocks the toads and still easy for me to get water in there.
And finally, my attempt to grow broccoli throughout summer. The breed is Kaliaan Express and it gives open florets (a little like the sprouts after the main broccoli head). I've taken precautions to cover them to stop moths. Something still gets in there and has a little chew but for the most part, no sprays or anything and still looking good (we all know that normal broccoli would be covered by now in grubs). Haven't yet harvested any so can't comment yet on flavour, but will let you know.
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