Thank God for the rain!! My garden has been without decent rainfall for about 6 weeks now and everything was struggling to stay alive. Watering was taking a big chunk of my time and things that I wouldn't normally water (the established apple and peach for example) had to get watered as well as I was worried about how they were travelling as my grass was D.E.A.D.
I had a problem with spider mites on my mango tree. All the new growth was going pale and burnt looking and when I looked underneath, all these little spidery looking things. Sprayed with sulfur and will respray soon but hopefully with the rain as well, I've knocked them on the head.
Melons are going well. I'm having a lot of problems with aphids and powdery mildew so I've been using eco-oil with the eco-fungicide every two weeks or so and that's enough to keep things in check yet still have heaps of ladybugs. (I have got one old sacrificial cucumber plant that now serves as a nursery of sorts)
You can see something has had a chew on my moon and stars watermelon on the left so I'll probably lose that one. I have heaps of baby melons though so as long as my dog doesn't steal them and use them as soccor balls like he was prone to do with my last lot, I'll have a whole bunch of melons in a couple of weeks.
I'm kicking myself!!! I've had 5 beautiful capsicum plants all summer long, pumping out capsicums that would get to about egg size and then be stung by fruit fly and go rotten -> so total harvested ZERO!! I was reluctant to net them as I thought they wouldn't be pollinated but then I read in Gardening Australia magazine that they raised some under cover and wind is enough to pollinate. Just to make sure, I give mine a little shake when I'm down there, but the results speak for themselves.
There are heaps more on the bushes but look at this unusual whitish one. It could be a white diamond which apparently change to peach then red when ripe. I'll be watching closely :) I don't seem to have any of the cherry types or long skinny ones among the 5 and as the rest are green and look like this, they probably go red and be a typical cap. If any one wants seeds from the white one, I'll be happy to save some.
I've had some unusual flowering. My cumquat flowered when expected in spring but I didn't get much fruit set. All of a sudden, it has now reburst into flowers. I'm wondering if it will still set and ripen the fruit in winter at the normal time? The semi mature fruits look a bit odd amongst all the flowers.I've also seen a new flower spray on my adonis muscadine grape. Don't they usually only set flowers/fruit in spring after dormancy?
Isn't great when you find something unexpected?? I had planted a chilli that I got from one of our garden visits and hadn't really been paying attention to it but honestly didn't think it was doing much. I was laying down a weeper hose the other day and this is what I saw. What a nice surprise :)
And finally, I'll leave you with a photo of my cosmo forest. These are self seeded but are nearly as tall as me. They are very pretty but need to be cut back as they are seriously shading the citrus grove trees but I don't want to do that until this horrid heat has passed. Maybe in two weeks if we keep getting some rain, I'll risk it.
Happy gardening folks.
PS think I just made my final fruit tree purchase from daleys -> just bought the reed avocado I'd been wanting.
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