It's a lovely time of year in the garden and it's been nice and cool so far, although the temperatures have been starting to climb for the past couple of days. I've finally finished exams so I'm looking forward to tending a lot more to my vegie patch and hopefully putting in a new bed for next year.
We went to the Roma St botanic gardens in October and found this great topiary giraffe - it's so cute. : )
After that huge amount of rain we had I waited a week or so and then decided to harvest the garlic. We got bulbs from all the cloves that I planted. I think I may have left them in a little too long - almost all the leaves had died back. Hopefully they'll still taste good.
And Lissa - Here are my blueberries so far. I picked the third one this morning - it was hiding under a leaf. There are more on their way and new flowers and buds on the bush so hopefully I'll get more over summer.
The lone strawberry plant that made it from seed has got heaps of small strawberries on it, waiting to plump up and ripen over summer. Yummy!!! I think strawberries would be my favourite fruit.
We've had a lot of visitors to the garden lately - or maybe I've just been home "studying" so I've noticed them more. We have two kingfishers that hunt in our yard each day. I'm not sure if one's a baby or just the male/female of a pair.
The kookaburras are still around, and I frequently walk out the back door to find one sitting on the washing line looking for lizards and worms. Mummy magpie that terrorised cyclists on our street while nesting has also been raiding the yard for her baby that sits near her and squawks.
The fruit trees are growing slowly but surely. The washington navel has one orange growing on it about the size of a giant marble and has dropped all the rest. The valencia seems to have dropped all of its fruit buds and the mandarin still has most of its fruit buds. It's their first year in so I'm not expecting a huge crop from any of them.
The avocado tree still needs a home in the ground and we keep changing our minds as to where to put it. We need to get some sand for drainage before we plant it too. The passionfruit is fruiting again (sorry Donna!), and is really responding to all the rain and my efforts at remembering to water it.
The corn is doing well and is nearly a foot high. I planted cucumber in between the rows, although it is fast outgrowing the corn, even though I planted it later.
The dwarf butter beans are flowering - purple flowers which are quite pretty. The bean fly doesn't seem to be so bad this year, although time will tell when I'm wanting to harvest. Do dwarf beans need anything to climb on or a support? They are just flopping on the ground at the moment and seem to be quite happy for now.
The tomatoes all have very nice large fruit which are being attacked by slugs and flies. The plants themselves have succumbed to septoria leaf spot, and no matter how much I try not to water leaves and pick off the affected leaves I can't get rid of it. There's no natural or organic fix for it that I've found. On the other hand, we are inundated with kilos of cherry tomatoes. I have to go out with a little bucket to pick them each day just to keep up with them. They're also affected by the leaf spot but don't seem to mind too much.
The water chestnuts are growing well and are starting to spread through my makeshift clamshell pond. The QLD arrowroot it growing very fast and will soon be screening our water tank. Thanks again Elaine. The young peanuts survived the onslaught of slugs and snails during the rain and are now starting to take off.
Well that's all from me for now. Hopefully I'll be able to blog about more additions to the patch soon.
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