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It's good to be back in the garden. A bit of TLC is really starting to pay off. Only a few weeks ago the dwarf mulberry was covered in ants and scale. A good brush, feed and regular watering and it is positively weighed down by plump fruit all over.

All previous hard work had not been lost though. Quite happy to report that we found a very decent size leek (it only took about 18 months) and our very first cauliflower. I must admit the little guy picked it and I did not have much hope for it when I planted it. But there you go! You never know.

ONe by one the beds are slowly replanted following a rough crop rotation. Put it this way, if anything interesting self seeds, I am not going to stop it.

The "Leaf" bed is going from strength to strength with lettuce galore, silverbeet, herbs, cucumbers, nasturtium, and also some broad beans from school experiment. Potatoes are absolutely loving the bag with Peat 80 compost. Bed has been improved with Osmocote and organic fertiliser as well as a few golf ball size inserts of vermicast. Lots of flowers to attract my very busy native bees.

And just because I have the most wonderful husband, I now have a side garden taking shape. Inspired by Dianne's garden, I have started more container gardens. I have some large plastic rectangular box with some salvaged strawberry plants from Coles. I got them at a reduced price of $4 instead of $12 for 4 punnet. How could I resist that bargain, even if they looked very thirsty and worse for wear? They seem to be taking well in their new rich compost.

Green bag with sweet potatoes, which I intend to grow in a tower. (Inspiration from Lissa's garden)

I am not giving up on my buckets just yet because budget is going to be tight for a while. I have not decided how to hang them yet but I am thinking of using the OLA watering system, that has been gathering dust in my study.

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Comment by Rob Collings on September 26, 2016 at 21:18

All your plants are looking fantastic Valerie, that leek's a ripper!

Comment by Lissa on September 26, 2016 at 4:41

Looking good Valerie :)

Comment by Dianne Caswell on September 25, 2016 at 20:24

Your garden is going ahead in leaps and bounds. TLC is all they need. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 25, 2016 at 20:09

Looks good Valerie.

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