It's been a long time since I got back into the garden. Not a lot growing in the vegetable gardens I cleared a month or so ago... planted heaps of seeds but none of them seemed to want to grow with the exception of beetroot and a lonely kale plant. After going to a heap of effort and drawing a map of where I planted what, this time I just planted willy nilly without taking notes - so am expecting everything to germinate lol!
I went to the green shed and bought a few seedlings (always hate doing this as they cost as much as a packet of seeds) as well as some dynamic lifter and fine sugar cane - supposedly for the chickens bedding. Have now removed all the weeds from two long (2.4 x 1.2m) and one square beds out the back, given a boost with dynamic lifter and planted lettuce, silverbeet, italian parsely and basil seedlings. Then numerous seeds of a very wide variety, as I mentioned I didn't write them down but there were some chinese greens, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, lettuce, zuchini and likely others that came to hand.
Awhile ago I dug up some of my comfrey and tried to propagate it by just planting bits of root, this worked really well and I have now some in two of the garden beds as well as underneath the new banana grove. I will be doing this again and putting them in a number of other locations to use as mulch - probably ring the new banana grove as well.
The almond tree is starting to get leaves and I notice a couple of flowers (edit.. looking for photos to add to this blog I found it also flowered last October but no fruit, fingers crossed but it did say 7 years). Searching back through my blogs, this was first planted in September 2008 so is only three years old. Check out how much it has grown...
During the floods I lost one tamarillo, but the other one is starting to flower so hopefully will be able to propagate some more from seed as they are so tasty and take up so little room.
The dwarf peach was planted in the ground last year, but after a number of relocation's of various garden beds it ended up in the middle of one of them so it has a collar to keep the dirt away from the graft. It has a couple of fruit, but not as many as I had hoped. Two years ago I got a bumper crop, and last year none so was hoping for more...
Since severely cutting back the two guava the citrus have come back with a vengenance, they must require sunshine to thrive. In the past I have had lots of problems with any new growth being attacked by aphids and ending up dwarfed but this year they have doubled in size! Will have to see how they go as the guava's start to grow back - pretty sure that guava will grow from cuttings so might have to look at trying this and growing them somewhere else. On an aside, should guava had red leaves in this season? I will look it up but if anyone knows then I don't have to ;)
I have had a huge problem with paw paw this year, the two out the front have just died. The leaves got tinier and tinier then there were non left and the fruit fell off. Not sure what happened there, will plant another one soon and hope that it does a bit better!
But the babaco that Lissa managed to strike cuttings of and gave me two, one is growing really well and even has three flowers!!! It is under a couple of banana plants so quite sheltered. The one in more direct sun is still alive and healthy but nowhere near as good as the other, I plan to plant another tree near it anyway since Ashely expanded that bed so hopefully that will give it a bit more shade.
It is only September and we have a new banana flowering. It is one of the full size ducasse. There is also two over wintered bunches that we are waiting to ripen.
I chucked all the out of date seeds in this bed and will wait and see if anything comes up before planting anything else. It is a new bed and has a layer of chicken poo enriched dirt so if I don't get anything I will probably plant some corn here.
The herb garden isn't doing all that well, although I have just given it a boost with dynamic lifter and a light sprinkling of mulch so hope for better things soon. It has rosemary, garlic chives, curly parsley, italian parsley, heaps of self seeded dill and fat hen and a sick looking lemongrass that I chopped and divided (out of season) that hopefully will come back soon. Also a self seeded chilli plant.
On the animal side, two of our three chickens are laying again after a good dusting for mites... not sure what the other one is waiting for but am optimistic that means she will lay longer into the next season when she does start. We have three remaining quails from Joanne and at least one of them is a girl as we are starting to get quail eggs as well. Since our Alaskan Malamute Cody passed away last December the house has been a bit lonely, but about a fortnight ago a kitten adopted us and we have since named her Marley... hopefully she is a great mouse hunter as we have mice again.
I am hoping to host a Garden Visit in October, so if I get my butt into gear and finish making the place respectable again then you can all come and see for yourselves how it is growing :)