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No gardening getting done at my place at the moment.  As things die/expire, there is no new planting.  6 out of my 8 wicking beds are completely empty.  IT IS DIRE!! Lucky for me my mother is staying with me at the moment as I went back to work last week and she has been watering everything for me.  My tank is dry as a bone - we are on town water again. 

There are still things coming in from the garden which continues to surprise me.  Those trombonccino's, Dianne's perennial capsicums, tomato's and malibar spinach are still contributing significantly to the households vege needs.   There are no more eggplants though, the bush has wooly looking scale things growing at the base and has been ripped out.  No more corn either, haven't bothered to plant anything.

Passionfruits are going crazy and my mango's are ripening up nicely.

I've been using a lot of the pashies in my home made greek yoghurt but I took a photo of the mulberry one (using the frozen ones from our tree that we had)

I took some fig cuttings from my Aunt's tree down in Melbourne.  I am pleased to say, I have about 8 that struck.  Once I establish one, the rest will be up for grabs at GV.

Speaking of figs, my brown turkey has a few fruit.

My pineapple is also growing well.  This was a freebie from Daley's so I'll be interested in the flavour.  I've got 3 little pups that I can plant, as well as the top when I actually start gardening again. :)

The Banana's are going rank!!  I have 3 bunches this size that all opened within 3 weeks of each other.  There is going to be a massive glut in about 3 months.

I mentioned the Malabar spinach earlier.  I quite like this plant - it does taste very spinach like.  It is better than silverbeet in my opinion as that has an irony aftertaste.  It does need cooking as the leaf texture is quite thick but I use it in all my dishes where I would need spinach and think it is an excellent substitute especially for summer months. 

Chilli's are bonkers as well.  I'm going to need to get them harvested and either make my chilli jam or freeze them for later.

Final thing.  Went crabbing on the holidays and managed to catch one legal sized buck. He was DELICIOUS!!

Well, that's it from me guys.  I don't think I'll be getting anything new in my beds until the end of summer.  Happy gardening

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 28, 2018 at 13:59

You are getting an amazing haul these days Susan.  Well done. 

Comment by Susan on January 27, 2018 at 20:06

Sorry Sophie, yank it out.  It should definitely be producing by now and NOT be a meter.  I love mud crabs Christa.  I come from North Qld (used to really big ones that my brothers get me)and when I saw this guy, I thought he was too small but my son convinced me to measure him and he was 15.5 cm from spike to spike so YUM!  Dianne, I don't know and nor does my aunt, what type but from memory, it had the most gorgeous  pink/red syrupy flesh and the outside stayed green.  Before I got the cuttings, I tried searching for what the fruit looked like and the closest I came up with was the white adriatics.  

Comment by Christa on January 25, 2018 at 20:49

Wow, that last picture is a sight for sore eyes, a successful crabber as well as an excellent gardener.  Sorry to hear your tank is dry, so is both of ours.  Maybe a good time to get it cleaned out. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 25, 2018 at 10:22

Listada di Gandia maybe? Sounds fascinating but apparently it means 'striped from the village of Gandia'. Hrmph, foreign names always sound so romantic ;-) Er, Tobacco is a solanum too but Eggplants don't usually grow much beyond one metre high.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 25, 2018 at 8:48

What a wonderful haul Susan, you always manage to do us proud. Love the Pineapple and Figs not to mention the Mangoes and Bananas. Do you know what type of Fig your Aunt has growing, and you took the cuttings from?

Comment by Sophie on January 25, 2018 at 8:25

looking great esp for limited gardening time! Summer basket of love! Susan, that d lisse grande (?) eggplant seedling you gave me has turned into a small tree and looks awfully like tobacco weird! Is yours taller than you...?

Comment by Susan on January 24, 2018 at 21:12

Hi Dave,

They were ones that I picked up from a GV.  I have no idea what type they are.  They are quite mild.  For example, normally chilli jam needs capsicum or tomato fillers so that it is not too spicy.  I make mine entirely with chilli's.  I've got plenty of seed if you want it.  They are good little performers.  

Comment by Dave Riley on January 24, 2018 at 20:26

 I like the size of those chilies: what type are they Susan? I grow for volume.

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