How is everyone? I have been enjoying this wonderful heat and my time off work this week. I have spent about 15 hours in the garden over the past 3 days and just as I wipe one thing off my "to do" list, I think of 5 more I could be doing. Oh well, it's lucky that I enjoy gardening so much :)
I've decided to pull my Brassica's out. The cauliflowers did really well, the broccoli not so well-> small heads, not a lot of side shoots. I've looked back at previous posts and worked out the variety that did really well for me years ago was yates summer green - next year, these will be planted. Even though I still had some left to go, they got a really bad infestation of grey aphids. I've never had this problem before, it could be the following reasons
So cover or not to cover, that is the question… I might have to experiment next year as I really want to reduce my use of pesticides.
My wonderful grape vine has burst into life and with it, my first grape buds. It is so successful that I went and bought another vine today (dawn seedless - green table grape) to grow against the other trellis. The cage, is of course, to protect it from the menace that is the chickens.
Speaking of which, my birthday present arrived and is now full of eggs. I just gave away 1 dozen to a neighbour and cooked bread and butter pudding and quiche last night to start using them up. All six are now laying & I do have an olive layer. Miss Rosie (who I had started to think was a Ross) joined the ranks while I was away . She is supposed to be a pure bred but no matter, I didn't have an olive layer and now I do :)
The hippeastrum's seem to be blooming a bit late this year? Normally I have blooms open for my birthday (mid september) but I only cut the first one today. Did anyone else have this experience ? Love them - they are the most stunning flowers. I have all sorts, ranging from white through to hot pink. Keep promising Mum that I will save her some bulbs - MUST REMEMBER TO DO THIS YEAR!! My mum sent me home with some desert roses that she propagates. Hopefully I got a red and a white one. One of the jobs this morning was to pot them up and repot all my jade plants who have been surviving the last 8 years with literally no care, in the same pot, with the same potting mix all that time -> have to be one of the hardiest plants ever.
Food, glorious food. The mulberry tree is in full production and I'm so impressed with it. It is just over 1 year in the ground now and look at it! It is amazing. I'm eating about 8 berries a day from it and they are beautiful and sweet. The rule in this house is "you snooze, you lose", so if the kids can't get up early enough to beat me, that is not my problem :) My lychees are looking wonderfully healthy and have developed lovely flowers after being cut back so severely the beginning of this year due to it being covered in small white insects. Here's hoping for a bumper harvest this year.
The peas are looking great. I gave up on the sugar snap and bought a pole variety called willow. They seem to be doing really well and are not yet affected by the heat. I also tried some climbing beans (epicure) rather than bush beans as I was having no luck with them in the wicking beds. They are doing real well now and the first beans are forming. Cucumbers on the vines I only planted mid August - great because I really need to pull the others out. Capsicums starting to turn red - these are on the older bushes from last year that I need to get rid of. Will do once this round has ripened. Corn has gone into this bed beside the capsicums.
Well that's it from me. Happy gardening people.
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