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Sex life of Pumpkins

I grow Jap pumpkins they just pop up when ready & need pruning to stop them overrunning the whole garden. Last year, a very wet year I dispaired of them setting fruit, lots of male flowers in Feb March & April but very few females which would not set even when hand polinated, same with the zuccinies & tromboncinno. Finally in May a few set but not my usual bumper crop.

This year its only March & both my Pumpkin & Trombonccino are producing lots of female flowers…


Added by Jane on March 23, 2014 at 12:44 — 10 Comments

Autum Planting in CQ

Would not usually start planting my winter crops here in CQ till at least March but the weather this year has tempted me to start early with some nice overcast days & light rain. Carrots germinated in a week, usually expect at least 10 days,

the beetroot are not so good suspect old seed,…


Added by Jane on February 18, 2014 at 17:59 — 5 Comments

Summer Fruit

 Jackfruit, looks as though I should pick it, but not sure it is quite ripe, I think the split is due to sudden rain after a long dry period.

My Dwarf Tropical Peach is covered in fruit, I have to cover the tree to keep fruitfly & birds out but as its only 1mt high thats easy. Its 4 years old & the seedlings come true to type - It is…


Added by Jane on December 10, 2013 at 16:34 — 10 Comments

Greenpeace Action

Right now, a group of beverage industry giants led by Coca Cola are taking the Northern Territory Government to court for starting the territory’s first ever ‘Cash for Containers’ recycling scheme. If Coca Cola’s lawyers win the case, it could slam the brakes on state and federal leaders elsewhere in Australia starting similar schemes.

Greenpeace has a protest form here, only takes a moment to fill in.…


Added by Jane on February 18, 2013 at 16:59 — 4 Comments

Feb Planting

The rain has long gone, even had to put the sprinklers on the veg patch last night. But the soil is nice & soft  so I've cleared some beds, added well rotted horse manure & started planting seeds. More long beans, turnip & a lettuce patch- many diffrent sorts all together as they dont heart at this time of year & I will pick as for mesclun. In pots I have started more corn, 4 types of tomatoes, Thai Pink, Tigerella, large cherry & an unknown Giant Tree Tomato, the…


Added by Jane on February 3, 2013 at 12:58 — 5 Comments

Rain, garlic, cucumbers & bees.

December 4th & its rained every day, we've had 60mm+ in four days but not nearly as much as other areas. Never known such a wet spring ,record rain for Aug,Sept & Oct, have had to re think the gardening as its normally hot & dry with veg browing off.


Garlic not behaving normally, planted in March & usually dies off Oct/Nov, only small bulbs but OK, this year the plants have not formed bulbs, infact they are like small leeks, with all the growth in the stem…


Added by Jane on December 4, 2010 at 15:30 — 10 Comments

Update from Central Qld

Bob's bean in the whitehouse.

Garden goes ahead in leaps & bounds, lovely weather to be gardening. My whitehouse plantings are really doing well, beans just flowering with no sign of bean fly, they are really healthy, I think the covering is keeping them warmer at night, temps down to 8C, but have not installed a thermometer. Broccoli also…


Added by Jane on August 8, 2010 at 16:49 — 7 Comments

Garden visit

Big day tomorrow, my garden is open for our local Organic & Seed Savers group, hope the rain holds off.

Things a bit late this year but we are eating our own greens for salads, radish, cherry tomatoes ,few long beans still, plenty of pumpkin & sweet potato, & am still experimenting with the arrowroot crop. I spotted my first zuccini this am, beetroot soon but the carrots will be awhile, should soon have heas on the chinese broccoli. Just wish we could grow these crops all…


Added by Jane on May 28, 2010 at 18:11 — 7 Comments

CQ Garden

After spending the months of Feb/March in WA, the garden was a jungle.

Two months of rain in Central Qld, things grew which had be strugling for years & grass was sky high.

The veg patch was a mass of pumpkin vines but long beans also surviving. Now planting up for the winter, everthing - beans, peas, lettuce all the cole crops, beetroot & carrots.

Even though I have gardened in the same spot for 30 years the heavy rain had ruined the soil structure in several places,… Continue

Added by Jane on May 18, 2010 at 18:17 — 3 Comments

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