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What are you planting, harvesting and preparing your soil for now? Mid Autumn to Spring

This is a New Blog for Mid Autumn to Spring..

I thought it might be helpful to see what everyone is Planting, Harvesting and Preparing for in the garden now. Perhaps this would be helpful to those of us who would like to plant something a bit different to our normal fare. We have a few member who always have some out of left field ideas that we have picked up with gusto, and we are now finding ourselves eating many new & interesting foods.

Is anyone preparing beds etc. for the next Seasons Produce & what type of Preparations are you making, Soil Type, Fertilizer, Manures or that Special Treatment. What have you found works best for certain types of Produce, Fruit & Nut Trees, Vines, Herbs & Spices etc.

This Blog could be useful to use as a continuous one as we would be posting for the now not a specific season of time of year.

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Comment by Christa on April 29, 2016 at 19:41

Mentha satureioides is the one I have, Dianne.  Is there 2 native mints?  When I was out today, I saw some pots of your angelonia for sale at a nursery, it was so pretty and I remember it from years ago. When I go back there, I will buy some and treat myself even though I was not going to buy flowering ornamentals anymore. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 29, 2016 at 19:31

Christa I have Mint growing with all my Citrus and they do very well, they seem to live in a symbiotic relationship. I have 2 Native Mints, which one do you have as I will grow some of the one you don't have, if you like.

Comment by Christa on April 29, 2016 at 19:06

Dianne, would it be OK to plant native mint in the same wicking pot as my citrus, or would I be better off putting it in a separate pot.  I have 3 little plants.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 29, 2016 at 18:06

We received some rain everyone, not much but it was rain.

I divided up Mints today and have now planted out some Ginger Mint and Pineapple Mint. I use for Mints for Iced Tea and other drinks, deserts, cakes and biscuits..

Thank you Elaine and James for the info on Pollinating my Pumpkins. I will have a look at the Pumpkin Flowers and when I have one of each flower I will do the deed.

Comment by James Rosenlund on April 29, 2016 at 16:50

The weather map shows rain heading our way, so now that I've planted the Cherry Toms , and sowed the Snow Pea and Rocket seeds, the rain will be very welcomed. I didn't get time to prepare the bed for the lettuce seeds, but that can wait till tomorrow.

Comment by James Rosenlund on April 29, 2016 at 14:34

Dianne :- I use a small artist's brush and pick two male flowers and then brush off the pollen on to the female flower. The fine soft hair does not harm the stamens. After use I rinse off under very hot water. I've been very successful using this technique.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 29, 2016 at 12:35

Not looked for videos - tried YouTube? There's a video on just about anything.

The boy flowers and the girl flowers are so different - just grab a boy one, strip off the fused petals and rub the pollen lightly on the stigma of the girl flower. Should work, usually does. Not sure about this time of year though, cucurbits are reluctant to set fruit in the cold. Hoping we have some cold! Very interested to see how all this cucurbit-growing over winter works out.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 29, 2016 at 11:38

It sounds like everyone has been very busy in the garden, the weather is just perfect but we have still no sign of rain.

Does anyone know of a really good Video that will tell me how to pollinate these flowers on the pumpkins a long time since I have had to do self pollination.. Thanks..Happy  Gardeningf

Comment by James Rosenlund on April 29, 2016 at 10:50

I spent this morning installing a wire trellis where I had previously grown the failed bush beans, although I did harvest 4 mature pods and so I have a dozen good seeds to plant in late spring. I planted my own  Pea seeds where the beans were and will grow up the new trellis.  I have 10 cherry tomato seedlings to plant out along side the peas. These cherry toms are great , they aren't affected by insects, maybe because they are tiny, I'm taking 1/2 inch in diameter. Christine throws them whole into a salad, so they burst in your mouth. I have my own rocket seeds to plant in front of the cherry toms, and then also a few lettuce seeds.

Comment by James Rosenlund on April 29, 2016 at 10:38

I agree Elaine, I have noticed many European bees visiting my choko flowers, result- " heaps ", and I have had to hand pollinate the pumpkins and as a result I have 11 developing and I just this morning did no 12 so fingers crossed.

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