Imagine my surprise today when I saw (I should say though - that she saw me as I'm hopeless) Sophie and Frank today at Bunnings and had the most lovely chat there and then they came back to my place and I had an impromptu garden visit where I showed off a little bit :) You should see the yard now though Sophie, my husband mowed it and I cleaned out the front wicking beds and replanted with flowers -> Looks heaps fresher :)
So my trip to bunnings yielded an Alstromeria tuber which I resisted the temptation to buy more until I see if they survive, 2 x beautiful scabiosa plants (again - hoping they will survive and would definitely buy more - so pretty), and snapdragon and pink ruffles petunia seedlings. Here are the flowers from the scabiosa and the climbing rose which is still pumping out heaps of roses despite my merciless mission to kill it off.
Made 6.5 jars of cumquat marmalade out of about 1/3 of the fruit on the tree. This time it set - YAY!! but it is a really odd colour - maybe I boiled it too long? Tastes fantastic regardless - even my son ate it!
1.8 kg of fruit chopped up and deseeded.
Did you see the MUSHROOMS!!! I bought some mushroom compost about 1 month ago from a guy at Bribie Island and had mulched it in around the new plantings in front of the house that gets only small amount of sunlight in winter. They came up there and I have a few more popping their heads up. AMAZING!! I'm going to get some more next time I head up there and put it under the lychees where it is mostly shade and see if I can get some mushroom harvests happening every now and then. Finally starting to harvest beans - there'd be more except I ate about that much on the way up to the house :)
Pulled up the potato patch this weekend - this is what I ended up with from 8 seed potato's. This would have been amazing had they all grown to size!! I'm still trying to work out this potato growing thing. The plants were so healthy and then I decided to mulch up around them and within 1 week, they had started to die back. Next time, I'll try to bury them deep and then leave the plants do their own thing after that. I don't think sweet potato and potato's are related? Anyone know if I can plant a sweet potato patch in there next?
Well that's about all from me this week. Seedlings have taken off and I've prepped 2 beds ready for them so next post will be about them. Just waiting for last 2 cauliflowers in old brassica bed to finish and that bed will be a third ready for some spring things. Need to get out to the *extended* backyard and compost it up ready for some pumpkins this year -> had no luck with them in my yard last year so might as well try my luck with the extended backyard. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Rob's garden visit next weekend.
Happy gardening guys.
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