Well it's the beginning of November and thank God for the storms - the rain has been very welcome and has 1/2 filled my tank so I'm switching the hoses back to tank water. I was looking at Barbara's blog the other day and she was showing her tiny pomegranite with flowers on it so I thought I would show mine in comparison.
So, I don't know if this gives you a fair idea of size, but it is now taller than me and been in the ground for over 2 years and STILL NO BLOODY SIGN OF FLOWERS. I'm now eyeing it off every time I go outside and mentally threatening it. It is going to get a max of 2 more winters in the ground. I've put it on notice.
Last year, I had the best crop of mango's on my then 5 year old tree - I ended up with around 20. This year, it looks very promising again.
My panama berry tree is absolutely loaded with fruit. None have ripened yet but hopefully not too far away. Considering it has grown the size of my mango tree in just 1 year, and every part of the tree has this many berries, I expect a lot.
Those little williamette raspberries that gave me such a surprise at the beginning of winter have another round of fruit developing. I had cut down most of the old canes but left one as an experiment and this is the one that is now fruiting.
I'm having an issue with my strawberries at the moment. I bought temptation strawberries and these have a multitude of problems. The first is FRUIT FLY!!! I've protected every other vulnerable crop and every single one of these that I've picked lately have had maggots. My sugar babies and redland joy are mostly fine. Just the odd one is affected and never all the way through, just a spot. Then, the ones that don't have fruit fly, have mold. Over it!! I'm just about ready to rip them out but will give them a little longer. Will not buy these again - next year, I'll just stick to my order from Daley's. The shot below is a mix of the good sugar baby and redland joy. I'm getting this twice a week from 16 plants.
This is one of two red cabbages that have been struggling away in the garden. I was waiting for it to get bigger but it was covered in aphids so I picked it. Even though small, it was a nice surprise as it was very full and dense and no aphid damage on the head. SCORE!!! Making coleslaw with it tomorrow.
Growing ginger has now become a priority in my household. Growing up, my parents only every used the powdered stuff and I never bought it. A few years ago, my mum started growing it and gave me some so I chucked it in a very neglected part of the garden where it sat and sulked. One day, I remembered I had it and a recipe called for ginger (like mum, I either did without or chucked in powdered) and so I went out and dug around the poor little thing and harvested a piece. The difference it made was astounding. I am serious this year so I have created three spots for it - 1 ground, 1 wicking bed (pieces originally from my mum) and a store bought piece is in a wicking pot. All have come up and going strong.
The apples are looking great!! I didn't end up getting a second net. My neighbour was having a garage sale recently and she had this perfect mosquito net going for $5. I took that off her hands, got up on my ladder with a broom (because I let my tree get too tall) and carefully covered the tree. It is pegged together and a bit of old netting is shoved in the middle of the tree to seal it off. I might finally get a successful apple harvest. YAY!
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