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Here goes, my very first blog!
This is going to be my way of keeping track of everything in my garden. Something I have not been very good at up to this point.

Last Sunday (28 March 2010) was a good day in the garden. I pinched an old storage container from inside the house to use as a mini greenhouse. I planted loads of chili seeds in jiffy peat pellets, including Bhut Jolokia, Pasilla, Chocolate Habanero, Fatalli, Yellow Cayenne and Red and Yellow Peter Peppers. I hope the Chillies will grow well considering that it seems to be getting colder pretty quickly. In here I also have Cauliflower and Coriander seeds.
I used plastic bottles cut in half to cover 10 mm pots and make individual little greenhouses in each pot. In these I planted seeds of Brocolli, Zucchini, Celery and Kale.

The Red Habanero Chillies we planted about a month? ago are getting bigger, the ones at the front are much bigger, as the trees above block the sun to the ones at the back. I hacked off a couple of these lower branches to let more light in. Oooh and the moon and stars melon is getting much bigger, I so hope it ripens for us before it gets too cold.

Tried to do the mini greenhouse thing directly into the garden too but It hasn't worked this time. The crows and magpies keep knocking them over and now I don't know where they are supposed to be. I will have to build a scarecrow... wonder if they really work?

My paper bag tree. It seems everybody and everything wants a piece of my tomatoes, so I am trying to protect them with the bags, of course the very next day it poured down and they all fell off so I had to go around and re-bag. Seems to be going pretty well so far, I have left a couple of Toms hanging out that had already been chewed by some bug as a sacrifice.

Last but not least the Bananas, the new ones are going much better than last time, it seems like it is massacre to chop their heads off despite reading and seeing diagrams of the chop on the internet, although one is hanging on so we'll have to wait and see. We have new leaves on the un-beheaded banana in the foreground now which is looking great. Fingers crossed.

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Comment by Mark Thomson on April 6, 2010 at 18:25
Your tomatoes look very healthy, keep on blogging, as it is great for us to see how things grow in other peoples back yards.
Comment by Donna on April 4, 2010 at 11:08
Could maybe use pegs to hold the paper bags on, or else those wire twisty things like on bread bags?
Comment by Trinette on April 4, 2010 at 10:06
Thanks for your comments ladies, Donna I didn't use anything to hold the bags on just screwed up the paper around the stems of Tommy boys, that's prob why they didn't hold too well in the rainy weather. As soon as I get myself organised and get the old sewing machine up I am going to make some with either a string tie or elastic, they would be so easy and cheap to make, (I'm sure you could just use scrap material). Will have to do some experiments.
Elaine, at the top of the text box thing I was typing into, I just clicked on "add an image", browsed to find it and double clicked, it popped straight up. I'm not very techno minded I kinda tripped myself through it and I was getting frustrated as I couldn't find my photos. ( my computer died so I'm having to use Matt's laptop and its all different - AAaargh!)
Anyway I'm off to lunch then I might get the chance to take some more photos as a few seedlings have come up. If not then theres always tomorrow :-)
Comment by Donna on April 4, 2010 at 9:50
About time you did a blog lol! I have found they are a great way of looking back to see what things looked like at the same sort of time last year and when what was being planted/ growing/ having problems... mind you it's been awhile since I did one, my garden is very badly neglected - at least they are all cleared of weeds now and have new mulch down! Must get out and actually plant something though!

Your greenhouses look fantastic, should make the chilli seeds germinate despite the onset of cooler weather - great idea, I had heard it before but never used it...

Cant wait to hear how your bags work, the special ones are quite expensive. What are you using to tie them onto the plant?

Glad the other banana pups worked better! Two of ours didn't make it, but we have one that looks like it might.
Comment by Florence on April 3, 2010 at 22:35
So neat and organised!!!
My banana pups are in one of the beds temporarily until I can clear up a permanent home for them.... not sure still whether they will make it...

Looking forward to more blogs :)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 3, 2010 at 19:30
Cool Trinette! :-) Great photos, creative use of those wonderful bins (of which I always have an excess!) and the bottles. Don't know how you managed to get the pix to show up in the Blog rather than just the links ... a couple are on their side though.

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