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What are you planting, harvesting and preparing your soil for now?

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 Jeff Kiehne on April 23, 2016 at 10:41

What can a Tromboncino cross pollinate with  if wanting to save seed  and if letting grow to full size  does that affect production  with the weather when will it rain and cool down.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on April 23, 2016 at 8:48

First harvest of Tromboncino today, just 42 days after sowing! Sorry no photo - we ate it. These tromboncinos are awesome - the one I harvested hadn't even been pollinated, and was still a good size to eat. That will be good, as I suspect that growing them out of season there won't always be male and female flowers at the same time. The vines are just babies at 2 metres and haven't yet reached the clothes line the clothes line.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 18, 2016 at 13:19

I wouldn't worry about how long your blog is, we are all just happy to see what everyone is doing in the garden, it inspires us. Isn't it great that you are able to extend the seasons, and with the help of a rat.

I too am going to be planting some root vegie seeds soon that are a bit old so it will be interesting to see what return I get.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on April 18, 2016 at 6:58

The carrots are coming up here, and the late-planted Tromboncino is climbing rapidly up its support - it's nearly as tall as me now, and keeping on despite the slightly cooler nights. I'm keen to see if it will be a success thru what we have of winter. One Roma Tomato and some Green Mig. Lettuces are sitting just near the Asparagus, which is still producing a spear or so every day. The Choko vine over the tank is producing well, and I pick them when they are tiny, though some always get away. They are not a favourite here, so I need to work hard to get them accepted.

Seedlings of Broccoli, Golden Acre Cabbage, Baby Beets (I used the last of some very old seed, and got ten up out of quite a lot of seed), Roma Tomatoes and Cape Gooseberry are ready to go in, and more seeds of Lettuce, Tomatoes, Dill, Coriander, and Capsicum are ready to prick out. Our place is fairly warm in Winter, so I'm hoping the Capsicums will do OK.

The Strawberries I planted earlier this year have really taken off, and now I have bazillions of new runners which will need to be removed. If I get to it before next Saturday, I'll bring some to the GV.

Yellow Passionfruit still fruiting, but slowing down, but the Panama Red is still going strong. This year rats got to the flowers of the Red, and I was pretty annoyed at the time, but it simply had the effect of extending the harvest, as the vine simply put on more flowers and fruit, just a little later than the yellow one:)

One Pawpaw had a massive crop, but it was weak at the base and the whole lot came down in a squall - there is only so much green pawpaw salad or pickle one can use!! Fortunately there is another younger tree carrying a good crop around with the pineapples. Mmmmmm should've made a blog of this, it's getting a bit long-winded. That'd better do for now.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 17, 2016 at 19:10

Susan, if you could see my back yard I don't think you would say organized, I am still trying to sort it out after the shed was built. At least with taking the Roses out I have now been able to put in some more Fruit Trees.

The Alpine Strawberries are lovely and sweet but very small. They are good for making those little French Tarts with Strawberries on the top. They would pack a flavour punch.

Comment by Susan on April 17, 2016 at 18:48

Well done Dianne - super organised as usual.  Would love to know if the alpine strawberries are worth it.  Let me know.

Comment by Lissa on April 17, 2016 at 17:30

Sounds like the makings of a whole blog there Dianne! You have been a busy girl.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 17, 2016 at 16:46

It has been a very busy week end here at 'Dimity Cottage'. I have re potted my Artichokes into bigger pots and after they grow on a bit more they will go into bags, I don't particularly want them in the garden as they will just take up too much valuable space. Artichokes are a real speciality here on Pizzas, in Salads and Bottled.

Four Finger Limes were also re-potted a couple of sizes up in pots to what they were, I am hoping I can keep them in these now as I am going to Dwarf them. The varieties I have planted are Judy's Everlasting, Wauchope, Jali Red & Tasty Green. Just love those Vesicles full of juice as they pop in your mouth. Great on Ice Cream or with Fish and Salads.

All of our Newly planted Fruit Trees are coming on well. I only wish we could have some rain here, it is getting very dry in the parts of the garden I don't water.

The Alpine Strawberries are already starting to Flower and some have Berries. They are early though it is my experience that they tend to do that. Elaine gave me a few seeds of an Italian Bean, they are up and I am hoping for a good crop. All of the Roses have been de headed and a few Beneficial Insect and Companion Plants put in.

The Asparagus bed in still under preparation and now that we have had 4 huge limbs cut from the Quandong, have plenty of Mulching Material.

We are picking and eating Beans, Plenty of Lettuce, Warrigal Greens, Long Baby Eggplant, A few Baby Roma Tomatoes and Lots of Herbs.

Until next time... Happy Gardening...

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 12, 2016 at 6:45

The problem with plants is that some are both, Herb, Weed, Ground Cover and so on and so on. This would be a little prickly for children to play on.

Comment by Phil on April 11, 2016 at 22:09

Yes that's the one Dianne good find. I picked grass/vine instead of herb in the search so missed it. Still not sure how to differentiate these terms for plants and in this case I would describe it as a groundcover. Being a legume its still better than lawn grass but it does have spiky seed pods.

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