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Hi Everyone,

I've had a wonderful weekend catching up with people and talking about gardens - 2 of my favorite things.  My friend has moved back from Sydney and I dragged her to the Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair where I picked up blue hippeastrum, peach ground orchid and a japanese mountain raspberry "Rubus corchorifolius".

Then today, it was Sophie's garden visit.  Wonderful catching up with everyone.  The fig exchange was great.  I got LSU and blue providence from Dianne.  I popped them in my self watering pots with some climbing geraniums, rosemary and salvia's I'd been meaning to propagate.   Here they are.

I was talking to Roger and he was asking about my pomegranates.  I got 4 off my tree this year, the last one I took off the tree today.  They have this brown marking on the skin.  The last one I left too long and it had gone through to the arils but this one was perfect.  The brown rot did not touch the segments, only the skin and white pith.  Had I left it any longer, I think it would have affected the segments.

If anyone has any ideas about what causes it, I'd love to know.

First flowers are happening on my strawberries.  I tried an experiment and kept some of my last years mother plants to see if I would get an earlier harvest.  Looks like it was worth it as the flower spikes are happening all on the old plants.

Climbing beans and peas started.  I've chucked in some mixed flower seeds to see what else will come up as I want these beds looking pretty. 

The tomato's are going great.  I have these ones planted in the soil.  I've got the cherry's that are supersweet and beautiful and I have my first larger tomato's "pot prize"

Plenty of citrus at my place at the moment.  Imperial mandarins and lemons a plenty.

At Sophie's today, her peach tree had little flowers and tiny fruit on it.  I have the same.  It happens every year.  I'll get a few set and then the bulk will flower and set end of August. 

Well that's it from me for now. 

Happy gardening folks.

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Comment by Susan on June 1, 2018 at 18:36

Thanks for that info Dianne. Do you think it would be worth spraying after leaf drop?  I will give it a go and see if I can get some perfect fruit next year

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 31, 2018 at 21:14

Your garden is looking very productive Susan and those Tomatoes are to die for.

Regarding your Poms, I am almost certain they have Pomegranate Anthracnose - This may have occured due to your extra rainfall last and this year. 

I have always thought that a Copper Spray should be used before fruit forms. Control of fungal issues should start before the fruit develops in early Spring and continue through Summer as fruits mature. Use a Copper Fungicide according to the directions and promote good circulation by pruning in the dormant season to open the canopy.

The info Below may be of help to you, of cause you can use ECO products but they are not always as effective against some Fungicide. 

Anthracnose: Dark brown depressed spots on fruits

Pathogen: Colletotrichum gloeosporioides


Both tender and mature fruits develop spots which are initially circular later becoming irregular, brown to dark brown covering the fruit partly or wholly with sunken centres.​

 Disease development

Primary source of inoculums is infected leaves. Secondary source of inoculums is wind born conidia. The disease is severe during August-September when there is high humidity and the temperature between 20-27ºC.


Carbendazim/ Difenconazole or Thiophanate methyl at 0.25ml/lit sprays at fort-nightly intervals have been found effective. Spraying of Difenconazole 25 EC at 1.0 ml/lit or Prochloraz 45 EC at 0.75ml/lit were effective against anthracnose disease. Spraying of systemic fungicides namely Hexaconazole @1ml/lit / Thiophanate methyl @ 1g/lit/ Carbendazim @ 1g/lit at 20 days interval is quite effective. Among the contact fungicides Chlorothalonil (2g/l) followed by Mancozeb (2g/l) were more efficacious.

Comment by Valerie on May 31, 2018 at 20:39

Your poms seeds look delicious. Tom are looking very healthy. Jaleous about the peach trees. I might sneak one in at school.... Strawberries look awesome. I think I need mine in a more sunny position. Interesting raspberry plant. I'm looking forward to resulting fruit feedback. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 31, 2018 at 17:41

Roger have you added any microbes to the soil? I've started to do this now in all my pots. Cannot say any change is obvious but it's cheap enough to trial and from what I read all plants need the microbes and especially trees need more fungus than smaller plants.

Comment by Roger Clark on May 31, 2018 at 16:32

Cannot help with the brown fungal attack on your Pomegranate, because as you well know - I don't get any fruit on my trees. OK you can stop laughing now! Maybe this fungus is some divine retribution on you for showing off, but I would REALLY like the chance to get some fungus on my trees. Oh well next year maybe.

Comment by Sophie on May 28, 2018 at 9:40

:) !

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on May 27, 2018 at 20:01

I wish I could get me garden looking as good as yours - I have a couple of poms, 1 white and 1 red although the white one isn't looking too good at the moment and I haven't had any fruit from either of them yet.  

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 27, 2018 at 19:42

Nice.  I have 2 poms but am yet to get a fruit. 

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