Hi everyone, how's the gardening going? I've been busy - as usual - but I've still managed to find a couple of hours to get out in the garden and get stuff done. I have seen a lot of gardening shows/magazines touting that you can have a productive garden with only "1 hour per week"!! I don't know about you, but that 1 hour wouldn't even cover the time I spend watering let alone any maintenance chores. I suppose it could happen, if I didn't mind weeds and could let chaos reign, but I do like a "pretty" garden. It doesn't help that I've been adding new garden beds/new fruit trees/redesigning so I have a list a mile long to get done and only a few hours every week available to do it.
My walnut (placentia) arrived last week and I desperately needed to get it planted this weekend, so out I got with my post hole digger - in the rain - and found a nice spot for it out in my"extended backyard"...*Park*. It doesn't look like much but this little baby will reach a final height of 14m and won't produce nuts for 7-10 years. Luckily, I plan never to move from here.
Speaking of which - I swear I've become Daley's favourite customer, I've spent so much money there :) I've now received my second free plant offer (the first one I got a china pear guava) but as the only thing I really want/have room for now is a sheppard avocado, I don't know what I'll get. They do have a cape goosberry that is rather small that I could find some space for but I haven't been able to find one available on Daley's or at nurseries...oops Just checked the Daley's website and they finally have a sheppard avocado available -> I am now $40 poorer but one sheppard avocado and cape gooseberry richer :) It too will be going in the "extended backyard"... *park*
My little dragonfruit cutting from Lissa is putting on new growth. I'm so pleased with this as I was concerned that I might have damaged it when I transplanted it.
All my little seeds that I planted 2 weeks ago, in a mix of Tim's composted horse manure and coco peat, have all come up except for the broccoli. I don't know about you guys but I am having real trouble getting broccoli to come up/stay alive this year. I've bought a purple sprouting by Mr fothergill that I need to plant out tomorrow. So here is my mix left to right top to bottom - lettuce (mix), spinach, leeks, shallots, coriander, cauli's, red cabbage, pak choi.
As you can see - plenty of greens. I'm using the shallots instead of onions as much as possible at the moment. However, I did receive my delivery of potato onions this week. I ordered these from Yelweck farms after I saw all the discussion about them on Dave Riley's blog. They will go next to the elephant garlic I planted a couple of weeks ago. You can just see the shoots from the garlic in the photo below.
That crazy nectarine/peach flowering that a lot of us experienced a couple of weeks ago has resulted in fruit set. Unfortunately, as there are no leaves on my tree, I am unsure how this will ripen but I'll leave it on and we shall see. Did anyone else get fruit set??
And finally, I posted a photo of my first honey bar from my hive last weekend when Paul from Brisbane backyard bees came round to give me a tutorial in hive maintenance. He was surprised at how active my bees had been. We added an extra bar and LOOK!! My busy little bees have already built nearly a full comb on it (where my finger is). AMAZING!! I can't wait for my first honey harvest.
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