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What a lovely day for it. I hope the promised rain materialises later on.

I took all of the fittings off my pump and put plumbing tape on them, all the leaks are gone. I only lost a bit of water because the tank is almost empty - I've been waiting. Fingers crossed for a rainstorm.

I cut back most of the passionfruit vine along the fence, only leaving big strong vines and a couple of nodes on the side leaders for new shoots to start.

I figured that now was a good time for it as the major flush of passionfruit has finished and new shoots are starting at the base of the main trunk.

I also chopped off an old pawpaw trunk (it hasn't produced this season at all which is OK as the others have been, but I'd like some action next year).

The main trunk is hollow all the way down so I need to find a can to put over it so it doesn't rot. The side shoots should come on now and bear next season.

Look Chris, our pawpaws are all manky too.

I wonder if it's the lack of recent rain as well as the cold? I'm sure they'll come good though, they've done this each year and I notice other pawpaws around the place are similar.

Lots of stuff in the garden - particularly peas, pawpaw, passionfruit, broccoli shoots, beans, tomatoes (still), chinese greens (various), onion family (various), enormous parsley, lettuce and rocket. We're also picking medium carrots at the moment.

I was pleased to spot a golden orb or cross spider (it's small, hard to tell) setting up home in our vegie garden. There's confirmation we're using 'organic' (non-biocidal) methods!

The third generation sunflowers in the front yard are still a big treat in unseasonal August. They attract european bees, native bees, pale headed rosellas, cockatoos and children. Some of the native bees have electric dark blue backs - I've not seen that before. Coming up of their own accord like that in winter - how strange! I love it when things naturalise.

What is this? Is it lettuce? Or something else? I don't remember what seeds I scattered...It's yummy and tastes like lettuce/ endive. We've been using it for salad greens.

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Comment by Scarlett on August 14, 2009 at 17:21
i reckon that $400 worth of compost has well and truly paid itself off now..(more than a year later)
Comment by Vanessa Collier on August 14, 2009 at 17:01
Your garden always looks so productive and healthy.
Comment by Scarlett on August 13, 2009 at 21:18
hey someone else has mad sunflowers :)
I only ever sprout mung beans because we all like to eat them so much and they're so easy - but it won't be that 'cos any unsprouted ones end up in the worm farm or chook pen. good theory though
hmm, mustard a possibility...i don't think i've put any mustard seeds out though...drat I really should keep records
this weather is upsetting me. stupid global warming...
Comment by Addy on August 13, 2009 at 11:48
A bountiful backyard indeed!
Comment by Florence on August 13, 2009 at 10:34
Your garden looks great and bursting with life!! Mine is still barren, but a couple of self-seeded sunflowers are flowering :) Weird weather we've been having ^^ ~
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 13, 2009 at 10:14
What a gorgeous garden! Thank you for sharing the pix :-) The mystery plant could be a mustard - there's lots of variations on the theme of mustards. Have you been sprouting seeds to eat as sprouts? I do, often in seed trays and what's left after most have been cut is a few late stragglers which I tip into a spare garden bed to grow on to become compost-ingredients next time. I find mustards, radishes (turns out to be Daikons, delish with salt!), sunflowers, broccolis - a great mix of mystery cover crops.
Comment by Donna on August 12, 2009 at 17:27
Wow, certainly a lot happening in your garden. No idea what the mystery plant is, sorry! This year the season is all out of whack - my peach has already blossomed and now all leaves are out and there are baby fruits. Wish I had planted some sunflowers a couple of months ago - they are so cheerful. Oh well, I will plant be planting lots of different seeds this weekend and it won't be that long.

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