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Hi everyone.  

I’m getting more extreme in the garden at the moment and I think every Tom, dick and Harry is currently doing the same.   I had run out of my trusty rooster booster fertiliser and went to Bunnings to grab some more and thought I’d see if there were any seeds or flower seedlings I fancied.   The answer to that question was a resounding “no!” Lucky for me, my seed stock is nice and robust because there was NOTHING on the shelves.  

I had some roses die out in the front verge garden last year that I never replaced.  I had already put an eggplant out the right side at beginning of summer but had all this space on the left side.  In it I have spring onions, Kurosawa carrots, turnips, beets, onions and tonya’s pink podded bush bean    

While I’m a firm believer in my wicking beds, sometimes, some things just don’t go as well as hoped so I’m looking at this as an opportunity to test out some things I think don’t do well in wicking beds and may have to rethink how I grow them in future. 

I also have not had much success with peas in recent years so I have dug up an area along my veggie garden fence and planted different types of peas.  I’ll compare their growth and performance to those I planted in wicking bed (in front) 2 weeks ago.  The peas I’ve planted are “Shiraz” - purple pea, green devil snow pea ( these are both climbing and are right next to fence) and then row in front has dwarf peas - snow - Oregon and snap - sugar bon. 

I am cutting down my massive custard apple.  It has many problems that warrant its removal a) won’t set fruit unless I hand pollinate religiously - managed to do this one year only b) not dwarf and has grown way big, way fast. I trim every year and this is the size of it! C) don’t love custard apples that much to put up with this drama! :).  In its place, I’m planning to put in the seedling grown lychee “Erdon lee”. 

I also bought another Panama berry which I planted outside the fence and a Jaboticaba which I’ve given partial shade to as I’ve killed 2 of them from drying out. 

My pumpkin vine that had taken over my rose garden inside the fence must have heard my threats and produced some decent female flowers that I hand pollinated and then netted against fruit fly. FF is such a problem at my place that I wouldn’t get fruit without netting. 

In terms of fruit, I’m getting mandarins at the moment and banana’s and paw paw will not be far off.  I’m also thinking about getting a nashi pear as they apparently fruit at this time of year and would be a welcome addition. 

I am starting to get some tomato flowers so YAY!  
I am also going to have to get ratsack out - bloody rats ate through my pineapple!!!

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a shot of my zinnias.  So pretty.   Happy gardening guys and stay safe :)

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Comment by Jeff Kiehne on March 23, 2020 at 20:19

Custard apple have a large tree  problem is with dry weather have to water  and think they need fertilizing  and trace elements  and with a big tree they end up too high to reach and what ever is around eats first .I find it hard to work out when is the right time to pick and let ripen.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 23, 2020 at 14:51

Fantastic.  We're dining on trombons a lot now.  I thank you for that. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 22, 2020 at 13:04

Hi Susan, It is nice to see everyone is busy in the garden, maybe Brisbane will be a Beautiful Sunny place with lots more flowers about then we usually see. Thanks for sharing your garden with us. Stay Green with a little colour in there as well.


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