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Hi all,

I'm having a day off work today as I have caught that awful cold going around.  I was going to catch up on some school work at the same time but am procrastinating at the moment.  Did the kid's school drop off and was wandering around my garden with a cup of tea and got inspired to post!

I don't know if you can see much in this photo, but this shot makes me so happy.  Everything looks lush and productive.  Right at the front, you can see the carrots, beets and garlic bed.  The covered ones have the new brassica's in them and you can see a couple of older ones that I've left uncovered as so far, there has been no problems with them.

Harvesting lots from the garden at the moment.  This first shot is from Ekka Wednesday last week.  That's only 1/2 my ginger - I ended up putting the rest back in the ground because I didn't know what to do with it.  This lot, I've put in the freezer to be used when needed.

This next lot was saturday of the garden visit.  The eggplants went to Rob's place along with some egg's, honey for James (in exchange for some delicious wine), seedlings, seeds and mint

The last photo was today's harvest.  Notice the strawberries, we are now picking about a 250g punnet (I know cause that's what I put them in the fridge in) every 3 days.  YAY!! no more buying strawberries.  That's also the last of the brassica's for a while and the reject carrots from my last carrot harvest.  Thought I'd leave them in a bit longer to see if they'd get any bigger -> they didn't.

The strawberries are growing in self wicking pots on my fences to keep out the critters.  So far, going really well and it looks good.  My second year of successful strawberry growing!!  I have about 12 pots and 36 plants.  I have a couple of unproductive varieties that I thought I would give a go -> they will be going as soon as I start getting more runners.  I'm marking the best producing plants and will be making sure their runners get priority when I'm repotting next seasons strawberries.   The little beauties you see in the top of the photo are definitely savers.

Here is a photo from the garden visit at Rob's place -> it was a very productive garden visit.  I came home with some nice looking lettuce plants from Roger, wine and 1/2 a pumpkin from James, collard and Bolivian cucumber seeds from Dave and Lissa, some limes and 1/2 wombok from Dianne. Life is good :)

Don't know if you can see this, but LOOK.  My little grafted finger lime from Daley's has flowers on it!!!! Fingers crossed.  It is a Judy's everbearing.

Seen the first peach fruit formed. 

And Lastly, Flowers!  The first of the self seeded sweet peas, cosmos and geranium flowering. 

Well that's it from me for now.  I need to go and get this bloody school work done.  Happy gardening guys!

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Comment by Sophie on August 17, 2016 at 7:43
I got gifted a tiny pink ice and it started 2 tiny purple flower buds within a couple of weeks. I did rub them off though because the plant is truly tiny, would spend too much energy on fruit and not on growing - learnt that with the cumquats - burst into fruit then bust - am waiting to see if the cumquats make it.... Shame about the foot down Susan, I was just thinking there is that little patch of grass between the flower circle out back ;)
Comment by Susan on August 16, 2016 at 19:34

Thanks guys.  I just saw mine in my email inbox Christa.  Lucky for me, there is nothing there I want bad enough to rip out anything I've already got :) My husband has finally put his foot down and we are not losing anymore yard to garden beds. :)  $5 !! Now that is a bargain.  Was yours grafted?  I imagine it would be being a named variety.  I went reading up on them and they are not supposed to set fruit until their third year??? Oh well, if mine sets fruit, Bargain.  If not, it is only just been put in the pot poor little thing. 

Comment by Christa on August 16, 2016 at 18:21

Hope you feel better soon, keep eating those strawberries, they will help you feel better.  Funny you mention the finger lime flowers, I found some flowers on my tiny bargain that I picked up at Bunnies for $5, it is "Pink Ice".  Daleys spring catalogue is out, I couldn't resist the hawaian pink guava.

Comment by Lissa on August 16, 2016 at 16:53

Your garden is looking so wonderful Susan. I smile when I read about your pleasure in it's lushness and productivity. It's basic to our human nature I think :)

Your strawberries are going great guns. One day I will have to try a little harder and have some success.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 16, 2016 at 16:12

Crops are leaping out all over ;-) Great work, Susan.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 16, 2016 at 14:32

Everything is looking beautiful Susan. The Strawberries are to die for. Last night we had Strawberries that I had marinated in Macadamia Nut Liquor, it was lovely. Also love all your little flowers coming up so pretty, and the Bees will love them. And the Finger Lime, I do hope they turn to Fruits.

Comment by James Rosenlund on August 16, 2016 at 12:58

WOW! I am gob smacked.  Love the strawberries hanging off on the fence. Good luck with the finger lime, hope the flowers set lots of limes. Am very envious of the brassica's. 

Comment by Sophie on August 16, 2016 at 11:40

Wow! Epic!!!

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