05/12/10 Freya and garden beds - wet start to the summer.
Re-doing beds 2 (rt middle) and 3 (left).
Bed 2 has been planted with heirlom radish, perpetual spinach, corn F1 Swt. White, dwarf French beans and silverbeet.
Bed 1 is chocka with at least 5 varieties of toms.
Bed 3 is in the process of being filled with whatever plants are being ripped out (including the brussel spouts planted in winter which were still thinking about whether they would produce something usable or not - became impatient with them in the end and pulled them out) and grass clippings, along with a bale of Lucerne, cow poo and Organic Xtra.
On the left side of bed 3 Snake Bean bush type have been planted against bed (above Freya).
At the front of each bed (between the Allyssum), in an attempt to keep them cooler in summer as I have had dire warnings about how hot these corrugated beds will get, are eggplant seeds Listada de Gandia https://secure.diggersgardenclub.com.au/p-2707-eggplant-listada-di-...
On the left of Freya is a Tamarillo cutting planted in the potato bag (along with Lustre spuds which may or may not make a come back). 18/01/11 The Tamarillo cutting turned out to have absolutely no roots on it when I tried to transplant it yesterday. Survived like that for months! Badly affected by aphids and ants.
It's been a lovely wet and not terribly hot (but getting steamy) start to summer. I have pulled out all the heirloom mixed colour carrots (big bag in fridge) and corn (big bag in freezer) from bed 2 and have refilled it with the pile of compost, finishing with the good stuff at the bottom to plant in. There's Organic Xtra, basalt, small bale of lucerne and organic cow poo in there also.
The Heirloom radish mix were only planted a few days ago and have popped up already! Amazingly quick. 18/01/11 - not very nice :( much prefer the little round red one.
The French beans are from saved seed from the market-bought seedlings, sown into seedling trays. Could have gone directly into the garden. 18/01/11 - these are now producing more delicious fresh beans which are very welcome during the period after the flood when fruit and veg is scare and expensive.
05/12/10 Tamarillo fruit - red
18/01/11 Fruit is just starting to ripen and have eaten one, delicious :) The plant did not like the excessive rain during the floods, but didn't die - many leaves died off and I just removed them.
05/12/10 Tamarillo cutting. 18/01/11 This lasted like this for a couple of months but actually had no roots!
05/12/10 rockmelon from heirloom mix pack https://secure.diggersgardenclub.com.au/p-1036-rockmelons-of-the-wo... This turned out to be a Yellow Canary and went ripe while I wasn't looking! Was all rotting when I found it - I have kept the seed. 18/01/11 What a waste of space! Prolific plant, some fruit from this and the "Banana" variety, but it all goes rotten before I get to eat any. Excessive rain??
05/12/10 "Banana" melon from the same heirloom mix pack. These also rotted before I got a taste.
05/12/10 eggplant producing more fruit at last - the initial two were lovely. 18/01/11 Leaves badly attacked by ladybird (very few insects to see, but damage obvious - leaves lacey). Fruit rotted in the excessive rain but plants should recoup after a good cut back.
05/12/10 Honeydew melon from seedling bought at the market. 18/01/11 Fruit split in all the rain - barely got a taste.
05/12/10 front yard bed freshly planted with Pit Pit setaria palmifolia, Fraser the cast 16yrs old.
Just above Fraser with the frame (to stop Hugo trampling it to death) is a pomegranate grown from seed from a delicious fruit that I ate. Further along is a more mature Pomegranate "Wonderful" plant, bought from the BOGI fair this year. White flowering vine is Mandevilla. - I have a red one planted just to the back of the pomegrante seedling. 18/01/11 Pit Pit thriving in all the rain. The ones planted in full sun are growing faster and spreading than the ones planted in the shade.
09/12/10 Something (rodent?) is nibbling at the green toms in Bed 1. I've set a trap with peanut butter and cheese but they still seem to prefer green tomato! Bought some bags to go over the fruit, just have to wait for a break in the rain to get them on.
18/01/11 Bags turned out to be near useless - caterpillars still got inside though they kept the rodent out. Out of entire 4m bed I've had 3 tomatoes.
11/12/10 Soursop fruit - first of the season. Pick when the "spines" start to look softened. 18/01/11 Some animal (possum?) is eating the fruit right through the bags. The bags do stop them falling to the ground but also impedes the ability to judge when they are ripening. Best to keep a daily eye on them and remove them when they start to ripen.
11/1/10 Soursop fruit developing and flower on left. The ants promote wooly aphids on the fruit but they don't seem to do much damage and just rub off.
26/12/10 It's been a very wet summer so far, saturating the soil in the backyard until it's like a sponge to walk on. The plants are enjoying the wet but tend to wilt if the sun comes out.
I've bitten the bullet and installed a rainwater tank (Q Tank Brendale installed by Anthony Radford). Polyethelene 5000lt $2145 installed with all the bits and bobs.
18/01/11 Tank filled within 4 days in the near constant rain leading up to the floods last week.
Around the base (and hopefuly going to enjoy the road base/cement mix) rocket, Tamarillo and Cape Gooseberry. The latter two I found at the Caboolture Markets in tubes for $1 each!
26/12/10 Pineapple is growing bigger, but getting quite a lean to it in the soggy ground. Plantlets clearly visible around the base.18/01/11 Pineapple picked a few days ago when it started to colour up. Still mostly green and unedible.
26/12/10 Green Harvest bags on the toms in an effort to stop the mice and caterpillars eating ALL of them!
18/01/11 Only worked to keep out the roden, not the caterpillars! Out of the entire 4m bed devoted to various toms, I have only had three edible ones.
26/12/10 Updated pic of the elevated beds and backyard - the ground is saturated from the constant rain. 18/01/11 Most plants fared well during the flooding rains this month. The only ones that died were a couple of Lavenders and a Curry plant. The elevated beds are still leaking out water although the rain stopped about four days ago.
FLOODS - Non stop rain at first, then horrendous floods over much of Qld from Monday 10th January 2011.
20 people dead so far and many more missing. Flash flood in Toowoomba and down the range into Grantham which was all but wiped out with no opportunity for people to flee. Ipswich area very badly hit but at least people had some warning.
Erin and Aaron moved to Warwick on Saturday 8th but in a safe area.
Floods from Rockhampton down to Brisbane, which was very badly hit and is now covered in stinking mud, and out west to Eidsvold all the way down to Warwick. Two thirds of Qld has been denoted a disaster zone. Bridge out and flooding in Pine Rivers area but we were otherwise undamaged - just waterlogged. Caboolture, Morayfield cut off completely.
Victoria now suffering the same fate.
Huge clean up operation underway with thousands of people volunteering.
Jacqui's community garden very badly damaged and she's very distressed at the moment.
In spite of this, my own garden was relatively undamaged, which actually makes me feel quite bad considering the loss so many suffered. All that has died is some Lavender and the Curry plant which both prefer dry. Hopefully I can produce some plants that Jacqui may want to replant her garden.
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