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Hi everyone,

Well work has gotten the better of me again and while my garden is productive at the moment, I'm going to run into a problem soon as I haven't had time to plant any seeds and keep my rotation going - about all I've managed to do is keep up with watering. Case in point are the carrots.  They are now ready to pull out but my last self seed failed to germinate and I got slack and haven't done another so it will be months before my next lot of carrots.  Beans and zucchini's are the same problem.  Fortunately the tom's and cucumbers are still going strong

Also, I have one basil plant that was in a wicking bed and is going amazing (the rest in the ground are floundering).  So... What to do with all that basil.  Why make pesto of course.  About once a week I make a jar and the kids like it too.

The Peaches have now been coming in fast and furious.  I think I might finish harvesting the tree this weekend and try to make preserves.  I've had a problem with coddling moth this year - about 1/2 the fruit has bad spots but unlike fruit fly, the fruit remains edible.  So I've been using the damaged fruit in cakes, grilled on top of pork and stewed in the morning for breakfast.  By the time I finish harvesting, I think I'll have at least taken 6 kg of edible fruit from the peach grafts alone.  I'm picking what you see in the picture once a week for the last 3 weeks and that is the "perfect" fruit.  My first two capsicums - planted these from seeds from Mr Fothergills sweet allsorts.  Don't know what colour they will end up. 

A lot of my garden beds are dedicated to growing corn at the moment.  I do succession plantings so that we are picking fresh when we need it.  Again, I'm a bit behind on this as I planted in the front some seeds about 3 weeks ago when we had heaps of rain and only 3 germinated - the rest rotted.  I only just put some more seeds in -> I should have been starting a new bed by now.

My melon pack from diggers are doing all right.  The Ananas variety seems the most vigourous of the rockmelons.  And LOOK - my first fruit set. 

Finally,  I noticed my first passionfruit flower this week and have been hand pollinating all week to make sure I get fruit set but look how busy I've been - didn't even notice these beauties until today.  Obviously there were flowers sometime previously that I didn't notice :)

Finally, I'll leave you with my plan for this(or next... or the next...) weekend.  I MUST plant carrots, shallots, tomato's, lettuce!

Happy gardening people.

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Comment by Roger Clark on November 30, 2015 at 7:37

Good results again Susan. It is always a difficult juggling act when you are working. In retirement I get much more time to do what I want to but sometimes I wonder where I found the time to go to work.  I don't seem to have much success with cucumbers, Yours look very healthy. I find Summer my least favourite season. I have to spend so much time keeping the grass and weeds in check. While the days are longer much of the days are too hot to be outside. So in effect the working part of the day is actually shorter. My main Summer crops are sweet corn, pumpkin, madagascar and snake beans, eggplant, ginger, turmeric, bush tomatoes and yams. All crops that like a lot of sun. I also dabble in things that I know will struggle a bit, but as long as I don't get my hopes up too high, It adds a bit of interest.

Comment by Lissa on November 29, 2015 at 16:48

Corn seed is best fresh from my own experience. Doesn't seem to remain viable when it gets a little bit of age. Do you soak them first Jeff? And keep them moist to germinate?

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on November 29, 2015 at 12:15

May be bad  old seed but where the corn was planted was nut grass and the ants may have been eating the nut grass they are big ants.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 29, 2015 at 11:38

Do you have any birds like pigeons or doves around? Or rats? I can't see ants getting away with the corn seeds, though I have often blamed them when small seeds have failed to germinate, and no longer start off small-seeded things in the ground - except for carrots, and for those things that I leave to self-seed.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on November 29, 2015 at 11:15

Having no luck with corn seed and other seeds do have ant they may be part of the problem going to plant in ground again and some in punnets and transplant.

Comment by Lissa on November 29, 2015 at 9:18

If I hadn't had a "normal" crop last season Barbara I might have thought it was something I was doing, but I really think it's just the weather conditions at the moment. The fact that they weren't sweet like last years is more of a quandry.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 29, 2015 at 8:31

That's what happened with mine, Lissa. And it didn't happen last year, so maybe it was just the weather. Also, netting is great against fruit fly, but it would probably reduce air flow, thus aiding the development of a fungal infection. Still, I'd rather have that than the fruit fly.

Comment by Lissa on November 29, 2015 at 4:59

This season my Nectarine fruit developed some rotty bits. Many dropped off to the ground of their own accord. When I picked the remainder many of those started rotting even in the fridge. Soft bits on the skin would develop. Nothing inside.

I put it down to the particular weather we are having seeing as nothing else was obviously affecting them. No fruit fly for instance.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 28, 2015 at 21:32

Jeez, that's impressive!

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 28, 2015 at 20:50

Thanks for the pic of the codling moth grub, Susan, and for the description of what it does. Touch wood, I haven't seen one at my place (?yet). There are some little bugs, which might have been stinging the fruit, thereby setting off the rot, or maybe the brown rot started all by itself. Dunno - guess I'll do a bit of research on how to prevent the rot for next year.

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