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I have been very busy in the garden since the Garden Rescue, you all gave me just what I needed, a swift kick up the backside to just get out there and stop feeling sorry for myself. Well that is what I did. It's a start.


The Lettuce have decided to give us lots of leaves due to this hot weather we are having, they have only been in 3 weeks. The Mini Eggplant are growing well with lots of flowers and my bean seeds that I planted about a week ago are up and climbing.


The Passionfruit is doing very well they loved their horse manure. The big leaf 'Thingy' to the left came up in the compost from Roger, does anyone know what it might be. The photos were taken when the sun was beating down and are usually standing up more. Warrigul Greens are doing well as are the Sweet Potatoes. Worms Towers still to go in.


It is not the best time for the Tomatoes, Chillies & Capsicums in this hot dry windy weather, but most are doing well with the exception of the trial soil tomatoes. The Mini Roma's are already fruiting and others are flowering. Lots of different Chillies in flower and fruit.


The Herb Garden is going well. Also the Citrus are flowering and fruiting, though a couple had a setback in that a couple of Palm Tree fronds fell on top of them braking a few branches that were in flower. There is a lot more to be done and I have also been working in other parts of the garden. I am truly enjoying my time back in the garden.

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Comment by Roger Clark on March 6, 2016 at 7:21

Dianne it's good to see your garden looking so good. I'm glad that you have been getting out there and gardening again. The little bits of rain are welcome but it would be nice if we were to get a bit   more help from above. Yes the volunteer certainly looks like a pumpkin. I find that when they pop up like that they turn out to be very productive. It's as if they have had to be tough to get a start at all and they are not going to give up now!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 4, 2016 at 8:29

Thank you Sophie. It will be good info for the person editing the ebook or whatever it morphs into. Atm my internet is restricted to text so will have to view the video when and if Telstra ever decide to repair our phone line.

Comment by Sophie on March 4, 2016 at 5:41
Hi Eliane, my suggestion would be to use google docs for group editing - it is free to excess (with a gmail account & internet) and can be used on any device (mac, pc, ipad tablet etc) and you can have more than one person editing the doc at the same time. There are some other plaforms available but this one is perhaps the most accessible and (imo) easy to use (I prefer compared to Dropbox which sometimes has syncing issues for big docs that can be very frustrating). We use it at work and it is working quite well. Happy to discuss further but potentially in a new blog/forum as dont want to detract from Dianne's beautiful plantings!

More info eg
Comment by Lissa on March 4, 2016 at 5:12

Your garden is looking wonderful Dianne. Love the pots and other elements dotted throughout. Gives it a lot of character.

Here's the SWEET POTATO blog about growing on towers. I have currently let my SP go rampant and must do a major clean up as they are taking over.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 3, 2016 at 22:09

Not a book but a comprehensive set of FAQs. I was always going to compile that and never did.

For whatever reason, Ning doesn't support pdfs. If we do get a decent set of FAQs we could turn it into a pdf but then we couldn't leave it on this site for people to download when they want to.

Would need to find a freebie site somewhere to put up the document for downloading. But we need to have our FAQs more complete than they are now.

Perhaps someone younger and with more energy could do the tedium of finding good articles and copy/paste them into a new document for proof reading. Hint hint. I'm way behind with everything and increasing age does nothing to increase my energy.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 3, 2016 at 22:04

The towers are not in yet, as I have to get someone strong to help me dig the holes for them.

Comment by Sophie on March 3, 2016 at 21:53
Ah I get it now, Dianne I can spot your grow bags and towers. Ok thats it I'm convinced! I move them this weekend :) wow such good and timely feedback from you guys! Has BLF ever thought of compiling a book? Surely there is enough content & successful experiments here :)
Comment by Sophie on March 3, 2016 at 21:43
Excellent, too easy! Wow Lissa I just found this :)
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 3, 2016 at 21:23

In pesto, they are raw and run through the blender.  Otherwise, they go well in a stir fry too. 

Comment by Sophie on March 3, 2016 at 21:15
Thanks for sharing your mulch/juice secrets Dianne. I will check them out. Andrew do you eat it raw or blanche them?

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