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Hi all, 

Well, the season has been kind.  Obligatory harvest shot from 2 weeks ago.  Last of my brassicas other than Kale which is holding out fairly well.  

The daughters job is to now look after the chickens and harvest eggs - she doesn't collect and this is the result of 3 days. (BTW she doesn't neglect the chooks.  She just refuses to collect eggs from under broody chooks and waits for me to do it) 

My new bees swarmed in the middle of winter and I was worried that the hive was going to die again.  Not so, they've come back, stronger than ever and filling up comb like crazy. 

Lychees, mangoes and longans are looking to be a fabulous season.  This will be the first time I get a decent harvest off the Longan - I did get 3 off it 2 years ago but this year there looks to be quite a few.   There were 2 other branches that have about the same on them. 

I also seem to have quite a few pomegranites as well.   I'm just waiting for the last few to set and then I will bag them to protect from fruit fly. 

Figs have started as well.  Just keep a look out though.  Ive been squishing large clusters of black caterpillars that skeletonise whole leaves within a day or two.  I've found out that they are called the fig leaf beetle and all I'm currently doing is looking for eggs, larvae and beetles and squishing when I find them.  I did however miss squishing for 3 days and in that time I had 3 large clusters go through about 6 large leaves so it gives you an idea of the damage they could do. 

Another little cute project.  My grade 12's wanted to make soap so for something a bit special, I decided to dry flower petals for decoration.  They turned out pretty damn cute.  They were roses, nasturtiums, geranium, sunflower, lavender, viola and cosmos. The soaps are still drying at school and I'm hoping they will be ready to use as a graduation present next week. 

Lastly, a beautiful shot of my sunflowers looking so healthy nd about to burst into bloom.  Makes my heart sing. 

Well, that's all from me guys.  Happy gardening

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Comment by Susan on January 14, 2021 at 19:24

Thanks Dianne.  The soaps turned out beautiful but next year, I'll make sure I take in a stick blender to make sure I speed up the process. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 8, 2021 at 21:13

Sorry I missed this before, everything is looking fabulous Susan, you have a real Tropical Food Feast here. I hope your soap was ready for your graduation present. We also have a good supply of Pomegranates this year and have certainly bagged them this time.

Comment by Sophie on January 8, 2021 at 18:56

this is just so gorgeous Susan. How did the soap turn out?

Comment by Christa on November 30, 2020 at 17:07

Hi Susan, I can see your harvest now.  Those flat peaches make us very envious. The longans look so plentiful, you should have a feast from them.  The soap making is a great idea for a graduation gift. Keep up the good gardening and stay safe.

Comment by Ron Hyde on November 29, 2020 at 8:17

Your bees are obviously doing there job for you Susan

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 11, 2020 at 17:55
Me too, Christa. Only my error message is 'This site can't provide a secure connection'!!!
Comment by Christa on November 11, 2020 at 17:13
Done all that you said Andrew and still have no pictures. When I try to open thumbnails, it says storage ning gave an invalid response. Its only half a site without pictures.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 10, 2020 at 20:34

Anyone having trouble needs to empty their browser cache.  If you don't know how,  google "empty browser cache" and the name of your browser.  

Comment by Dave Riley on November 10, 2020 at 18:41

I suspect -- if you are viewing the image expanded on a mobile phone or like -- that the file's px size is too big for your device's screen size.

The photos are  big +++ even on my desktop when I click on them.

On a desktop within the body of the post they make for easy viewing.

Comment by Susan on November 10, 2020 at 18:15

Hey guys, I don't know what is happening cause it shows up fine for me

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