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It is the time of abundance.  I am getting WAY too many trombonccinos, eggplants, cucumbers, beans and eggs at the moment so every Friday lately, I am taking in a basket load of goodies for people in my school to grab.  It means I am keeping on top of the harvests and not letting things go to waste which I absolutely hate. 

I've started harvesting peaches but my poor tree is almost laying on the ground it is that overladen with fruit. 

The problem is, I got bored with thinning the fruit and now I'm suffering for it.  So many little peaches and not as many quality sized ones that I could have had if I had not been lazy.  In the picture below, you can see the difference between one that has grown on a thinned limb and one that has not.

I'm getting ready to do my first batch of peach preserves.  I was hoping to do the whole tree today but there is lots of variability in ripeness so I'll do a small batch today and then another batch in a week.  Apples have set and I will need to get the net off the peaches and onto the apples soon if I want a harvest.  This year I really MUST cut both the apple and peach back severely

I was wandering out to the back and noticed my raspberry had started to get new flowers again so I stopped to have a gander at it and then LOOK what was hiding from me!! 4 little macadamia nuts that I had no idea were on there.  YAY!! first nuts!!  Dwarf macadamia from Daley's planted in 2014, max height should only get to 2 m.

In other fruiting news, I definitely have a couple of pomegranites bulbing up, custard apple loaded with flowers, passionfruit coming back on and black sapote flowers in various stages of opening (no fruit that I could see yet.)

My Noble grape from daley's has set loads of fruit yet the adonis has not even really sent out any growth yet.

Onto the vegies now.  Well, you know you've left carrots in too long when you get a flower spike :)  So many carrots had to be thrown in compost because they had split from being in the ground too long.  Oh well, still got a decent harvest.

The first lot of corn is just about ready to harvest.  It is really looking good and healthy.

Down the side of the house, the pumpkin is going great.  Here's hoping I actually get some pumpkins this year.

Lastly,  I'll leave you with a shot of the front of my house.  No one can get in without ducking :)Happy gardening folks.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 29, 2017 at 6:00

You certainly have the 'Green Thumb' Susan. Everything is looking so healthy. The rain we are having must be a welcome sight at your place. I look forward to the day all of my fruit trees are bearing. My Custard Apple is full of tiny weenie fruits, hope they keep growing into big fruits. Keep enjoying your garden and the wonderful produce it gives your family.  

Comment by Susan on November 28, 2017 at 7:27

PS harvested first 2 cobs of corn the other day - FANTASTIC!! Also made a minted peach salad entirely from the garden (Mint, Lemon, Peaches, Lettuce, Cucumber).  Here is link to recipe but I just chucked in what I had (balsmaic instead of red wine, no feta or almonds, lettuce and cucumber instead of bitter greens and I processed the sauce raw instead of fiddling around with the cooking)

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Comment by Susan on November 28, 2017 at 7:23

Thanks Elaine - I'm getting the hang of it.  Andy and San, I'm glad the troms are doing good for you (sorry for you Mary-ann, they really are great).  You won't regret these.  I've been harvesting the male flowers again to make stuffed zucchini flowers - they are AMAZING but bad for the waistline :)  Another thing I do with the abundant male flowers is to stuff them with ricotta and then lay them in a dish like canneloni and then cover with pasta sauce and top with melted cheese and bake in the oven - my kids love it.   Christa, I've got a long way to go before I have nuts for Xmas - 4 is so not enough for this household of macadamia lovers :)

Sophie, this is where my chook pen used to be on the side of the property where the path is down the side.  It is inside my fence :)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 26, 2017 at 20:38

Most impressive Susan.  I lost my peaches - not to fruit fly but to damn rats!  I do have trombocs forming from the seeds you gave me on the footpath garden.  

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on November 26, 2017 at 18:52

yes as always so inspiring - for some reason i cant gt trombocini to grow !!!! 

Comment by San on November 26, 2017 at 18:14
It's looking amazing Susan, I've planted your trombocinno seed from GV and it's growing very nicely.
Comment by Christa on November 25, 2017 at 15:59

Wonderful pics, you have the touch.  What a surprise with those nuts for Xmas. I am going to check mine soon. I only have one dwarf tree, I am hoping I don't need two.  I remember when you bought those grapes and they are doing well. The adonis may flower a different time.

Comment by Sophie on November 25, 2017 at 12:59
Spectacular! Farmers market! Is that the park side you ve got the pumpkin & arches?
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 25, 2017 at 12:10

What a garden! What a gardener! Great going, Susan :-)

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