I’m getting more extreme in the garden at the moment and I think every Tom, dick and Harry is currently doing the same. I had run out of my trusty rooster booster fertiliser and went to Bunnings to grab some more and thought I’d see if there were any seeds or flower seedlings I fancied. The answer to that question was a resounding “no!” Lucky for me, my seed stock is nice and robust because there was NOTHING on the shelves.
I had some roses die out in the front verge garden last year that I never replaced. I had already put an eggplant out the right side at beginning of summer but had all this space on the left side. In it I have spring onions, Kurosawa carrots, turnips, beets, onions and tonya’s pink podded bush bean
While I’m a firm believer in my wicking beds, sometimes, some things just don’t go as well as hoped so I’m looking at this as an opportunity to test out some things I think don’t do well in wicking beds and may have to rethink how I grow them in future.
I also have not had much success with peas in recent years so I have dug up an area along my veggie garden fence and planted different types of peas. I’ll compare their growth and performance to those I planted in wicking bed (in front) 2 weeks ago. The peas I’ve planted are “Shiraz” - purple pea, green devil snow pea ( these are both climbing and are right next to fence) and then row in front has dwarf peas - snow - Oregon and snap - sugar bon.
I am cutting down my massive custard apple. It has many problems that warrant its removal a) won’t set fruit unless I hand pollinate religiously - managed to do this one year only b) not dwarf and has grown way big, way fast. I trim every year and this is the size of it! C) don’t love custard apples that much to put up with this drama! :). In its place, I’m planning to put in the seedling grown lychee “Erdon lee”.
I also bought another Panama berry which I planted outside the fence and a Jaboticaba which I’ve given partial shade to as I’ve killed 2 of them from drying out.
My pumpkin vine that had taken over my rose garden inside the fence must have heard my threats and produced some decent female flowers that I hand pollinated and then netted against fruit fly. FF is such a problem at my place that I wouldn’t get fruit without netting.
In terms of fruit, I’m getting mandarins at the moment and banana’s and paw paw will not be far off. I’m also thinking about getting a nashi pear as they apparently fruit at this time of year and would be a welcome addition.
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