Hi guys, like the title implies, my vegetable gardens are still a wasteland of non-productivity. The only thing I can get out of it at the moment are carrots, beans, celery and corn. So many of my beds are empty or have last of non-productive stuff that I haven't gotten rid of. In aid of that, I sourced some resistant to mildew "nitro" zucchini seeds and button squash. Hopefully, they'll take off and I'll get some zucchs soon. I've also given up on the rattlesnake climber beans. Just too much effort in harvesting and trellising. I have one last set flowering now but the other two crops can go and I've gone back to my standard yellow wax bush variety. I have replanted water melon seeds (moon & stars - mildew resistant) and toad skin melons that I saved seed from a beautiful market grown one, down the side of the house now that I have fully chookified the side wicking bed - Those bloody chooks kept getting in there and digging everything up. I have one lone Charentais melon that I left in a pot that has not succumbed to powdery mildew so I'm leaving that where it is, saving the seeds and will try planting these again but in pots away from every thing else.
So I'm going to focus on the fruiting side of things which looks impressive. My pawpaw still hasn't ripened but just seeing it ( and all the other little babies) makes my mouth water. I LOVE a good pawpaw - these are a yellow variety from my Mum's seeds. (sorry - no pics as not much has changed from last blog except size)
Mango's and lychees are starting to colour. Lychees are small but hopefully they will be good. They didn't flesh out as much as I'd hoped - these were a no-named variety that I bought at the markets years ago.
You can also see my rosella's around it. I am rather stupid. I had asked you guys when I should pick them and Janice told me in my last post - but I didn't read her response properly. I thought I picked them BEFORE they flowered and was getting really cranky at my little trees as they kept bursting into flower before I could pick them. It wasn't till after the 6th or 7th one that I ripped off in disgust that I went back and re-read it and realized I had to wait till AFTER it flowers - duh!! So here's my first flower that I'm leaving on my tree :)
I ordered some individual little fruitfly exclusion bags to try and get some capsicums. I went searching for an unstung apple to try them on but found only one on the entire tree. Even the smallest apples mostly had stings.
My little cumquat tree is covered in new fruit. Conversely, the poor multigraft citrus beside it is still struggling. It's right next to the compost heap and everything I've read says too much nitrogen will make it drop all its fruit. I'm thinking I need to rip it out of its spot and put it in a pot. I'll get a nice big self watering one and move it soon.
While not a fruit, it is not in the main vegie patch, my asparagus is going great. These are my little $1 bargain plants I got from masters in winter. They are going fantastic despite the chickens constantly scratching around there. I've decided I'm moving them in winter. I have this area down the side of the house that is completely in shade in winter (when they are dormant) and in full sun from spring to mid Autumn. Where they are now, I'm going to get some more blueberries and have that whole row taken up with them.
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