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WHAT ARE YOU PLANTING, FERTILIZING, PREPARING FOR, ETC. NOW - SPRING 2016

This Blog has proved to be popular in the past, for many reasons - It allows Members to hear about your New Planting, Planned Plantings and Programme of Dealing with Unwelcome Visitors to the Garden. as well as Fertilizing etc. A Blog where if you have a Question, Answer or Suggestion, it is hoped you will get a good response.

I myself had a big change in the Front Garden which is evident in my, Blog http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/dianne-s-garden-wa... and  http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/dianne-s-garden-wa... response.

I know these are not technically edibles but they just looked too pretty in the garden not to share. The 1st is Petrea volubilis, Petrea kohautiana. Family: Verbenaceae Common name: Queen's Wreath, Sandpaper Vine, Purple Wreath, Blue Bird Vine, ...

The is 2nd Lamarque Bred by Marechal, France, 1830, Noisette rose

What I haven't said in those Blogs is that it is time for me to Fertilize my Citrus, I will do this with some of our own Compost and a Fruit Trees Fertilizer in the ECO range (Organic). I will also add Fertilizer to all other Fruit Trees, (except newly planted ones and those less than a year planted which I will use Seaweed and Worm Juice on).

I have found an excellent site for growing Fruit Trees in Extreme & Other Conditions and though it is not for our country I found it very useful, http://www.tropicamango.com/avocado.html

I will stop waffling on now...Keep Those Green Fingers, Green

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Comment by Jan Holley on October 17, 2016 at 20:12

So much going on...so much to do. Still slowly working on spreading lots of Tim's compost around, with most of the fruit trees done, and a few of the raised beds topped up, as well. Just planted out Tomatillos, a new red pawpaw and a standard peach.

The Dwarf Black Mulberry got a prune and a feed, and hopefully some of the cuttings will grow.

I banded most of my citrus trees today to help cut down on unwelcome visitors, and topping up the mulch where needed. Starting seeds inside, trying to propagate more cuttings, covering set fruit, trying to figure out where to plant "just one more tree"...The list just goes on!

Comment by Dave Riley on October 17, 2016 at 19:51

Well I'm gonna look at my seed larder and see what I can start planting out.

But my keen trick this year is to plan with shade in mind. I have 2  -- maybe 3 -- gardens: hot, cooler and coolest -- and I'm planning to push the seasonal envelope by harvesting shade.

So it is more what I won't be planting rather than what I will.

Comment by Roger Clark on October 17, 2016 at 18:34

On the veges scene, this is the time of year when I decide whether to bother planting out plants which get affected by mildew or not. As an (almost) eternal optimist I usually succumb to my ridiculous enthusiasm that this year things will be better.

So in go cucumbers, and zucchini. Pumpkins are always planted now, as although they can get badly affected they seem to cope better that the other two types. I have plenty of overwintering pumpkins and thankfully there are now male flowers appearing so I also have loads of pumpkins developing although they all seem to be traditional types and not the unusual ones that I am trying to get going.

Sweet corn, ginger, turmeric, sweet potato, Choko's (thanks Lissa), Yams,(winged and coco), all get a go during the hot weather. I tend not to grow anything in the PVC tubes at this time, but there are still carrots maturing at this time. Also passionfruit, rosellas, and on the flower front only Salvias get much of a go at this time of year.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 17, 2016 at 15:05

planting sweet corn, beans, sweet potatoes ( thanks Sophie) passionfruit ( very disapointed cause the pot had a wampee in it that must have died and I have been babying another unknown variety of passionfruit !) a red ( not black but a native American red ) and a white mulberry  new cape gooseberries, more rock melons more water melons more cucumbers ( 5 sorts - apple, green apple, bolivian, lebonese and green) lettuce and mixed greens , rubarb, rosellas , chai, edamane, buck wheat and quinoa , fertilizing fruit and vegies with cow poo tea and ornamentals with worm tea, ( planting hppeastrums ( from Susan) and cannas grown from seeds collected here ) thats the plan for this week - hubby does most while I am at work but i usually get an hour in before I leave 6 30 and a couple of hours in before its too dark then its off to the sewing machine or kntting or something else 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 17, 2016 at 14:51

Oh, here I am again, forgot to say. I will be letting go Beneficial Insects into my garden in the next couple of weeks. That should take care of most of the nasties. Also my Fruit Tree Traps will be inspected and any that need wicks changed etc. will be done as soon as I can get to them.

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