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On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock. 

These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn. 

Set up in June

In September

Trombocinos have had the most unimpressive growth in the last 3 months. They will get the chop soon.

The main bed had some success with parsley, oregano, rosemary and spring onions growing strongly. Tomatoes all went to cr*** as the mites got in. Will get the scrap soon too. New red marigolds are looking gorgeous though. Brussels sprouts are doing ok but the butterflies decoy did not deter the cabbage moths :( On the plus side chicken are getting daily caterpillars. 

Side wicking beds, Elaine's style with side holes, are doing quite well. I will definitely keep that going. 

This multigraft citrus is the biggest success this month. It was virtually dying. I thought I'd give it one last go at TLC. I dragged it to the street to get most sun, washed all the black soot, sprayed white oil and seasol at a week's interval, gave it a dose of horse manure and good potting mix, and finally, covered the base with the wet newspaper topped with sugar cane. The devil you know, it is growing stronger than ever and is covered in flowers. Now if I could remember what were the grafts...I guess I'll find out soon enough. 

Started more growing in sneaky wicking bags and pots. The sugar snap peas was looking hopeful and gave a good yield, but now showing signs of distress. Possibly too much watering at the wrong time. Blueberry is looking very promising. 

The flowers are probably my biggest success. I hope my native bees enjoy them. I can't really see the bees on them but I am enjoying them anyway. Rhubarb is growing decently well. Time to harvest the coffee tree covered in berries. Oh and apparently I am growing mini soccer balls too, aha.

The mulberry tree got a trim (2/3) shortly after Jeffrey Hodges' visit. T'is meant to be a dwarf and I was determined on not missing out on any berries. Was I rewarded! It is literally beaming with berries. What I miss or drop, the chicken happily gorge on. 

Last but not least, I decided to invest in some perenials, strawberries, considering imminent travels and a taste of home with European style shallots. And leek are still growing. It has been at least 2 years. It will get harvested eventually I am sure. 

Most of the beds will get a green manure crop this summer. That should get them ready for next autumn planting. 

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 19, 2017 at 19:02

Ya going pretty well for the most.  I'd replant the tromboc as well.  Mine is finally off with a bang. 

Comment by Sophie on September 19, 2017 at 17:16


Comment by Susan on September 19, 2017 at 11:57

Hi Valerie.  I'd replant new Tromboncinos now.  This really is their season.  I managed to grow them through winter but they were no where near as prolific as the warm season growing ones - just enough to keep us in small supply of zucchinis all winter. You also have to remember that I am close to the water so my temps would not have dropped as much as yours. 

Comment by DARREN JAMES on September 17, 2017 at 20:48

Well done Valerie,as far as the brassicas go I have never been able to grow brussel sprouts on this side of town either  and dont know any other gardeners either that have and yes I know a gardener or two lol.Kale, cabbage and etc is a different story and something I always like to grow in the cooler months.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on September 17, 2017 at 5:24

wow you have a productive garden there - yes Elaine is right about new plants - we have just planted out our cucurbits , squash gourds etc though we do still have some from last season struggling on - also  planted new egg plants - we are still getting fruil from last years plants and the zuchinis and button squash still give off enough toget a weekly feed so will leave them in and see how they go as well as plant new ones ! We started our spring seedlings in mid Auduat in trays against the glass  sliding door of the laundry - North facing so gets full winter sin only ones that havent come up and are now planted out are the spaghetti squash and champagne watermelons ! have planted new seeds in new trays as well as waiting for these ones to sprout - just need rain several days of drizzle would be ideal ! 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 16, 2017 at 21:08

Good work, Valerie! I know others have Tromboncino growing and fruiting in winter and I guess they have a really warm spot for it. Like most of the cucurbits, Troms love the warmth and probably do better in summer. Put one in for the summer, Valerie - ditto with Pumpkins, Watermelons and so on. As with Capsicum and Eggplant, summer is their time to shine. The Sugar Snaps are dying off now as it's warming up they really are a winter-only crop.

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