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Hi Everyone,

How's the gardening going in this heat?  I got a little motivated a couple of weeks ago and then this heat hit and I went "Nope".  Luckily for me, everything has survived so far of the new plantings.  I put that down to using a seasol combined with a wetting agent in a hose on pack "seasol super soil wetter and conditioner" -> I did the whole yard and all the wicking beds as nothing was doing well and the soil looked awful.  In the heat, it is very easy for the soil to become water repelant, even the wicking beds as the tops dry out and I had to do something as even though I was putting lots of water into them, it was running right through and not "wetting" the soil.  Into 3 of the beds that I've so far started planting into, I've added a mix of searles 5 in 1 and horse poo and now the soil is looking great.  

This was taken 2 weeks ago and everything is kicking along nicely.  At the back is a bought cucumber (already has baby cuc's on it) and tromboncino planted from seeds.  I have 2 more cucumbers planted from seeds at the front and bought eggplant seedlings on the left. 

Next is the corn bed.  Again doing well but the caterpillers  have started again so I will need to use some BT soon. 

I've got melons and tomato's planted out the front

My first pomegranate.   I have two more on the tree that are bigger and better but this was a nice start.

I also went up to my brothers place in Sarina and they have an avocado (hass) that they planted from seed.  7 years and look at it!! 

I can't believe it!! They are also HUGE, the one I bought home is the size of my entire hand.

Anyway guys, I'm done.  

Happy gardening folks.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 20, 2018 at 12:19

That's one hell of an avo!

Comment by Susan on February 20, 2018 at 7:23

Hi Sophie,  from what I understand it, Seasol, the company, is organically certified and I know for sure that pure seasol is organic but I don't know if the soil wetter part of it is.  It did say they were using Humic acids so I would assume yes. 

I'm hoping Lissa that I will be so lucky with my little seed :)

Comment by Lissa on February 19, 2018 at 19:16

Gotta be lucky with the seedling (Avo) sometimes! Well done. 

The heat is very off putting but with enough water the gardens can still thrive. 

Comment by Sophie on February 19, 2018 at 18:32

well done gardening in this heat!! the water wetter thing sounds like a go-er. Do you know how they do it/is it organic? I've been too slack in the garden lately and even more behind with my post so go you :)

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on February 19, 2018 at 10:41

Aunty had avocado tree before the 1974 Brisbane flood near the old Mlton  tennis centre  that had huge fruit so they will grow in Brisbane  that size or bigger  and the trees are not that big for a city yard

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 19, 2018 at 9:01

Wow! The skin looks more like a Shepherd e.g., Hass usually are more knobbly and less shiny. Does the skin go black when ripe? From a seed, could be a great cross!

Comment by Susan on February 19, 2018 at 7:49

Here it is in my hand so you can see the size.

Comment by Susan on February 19, 2018 at 7:43

Hi Christa, 

It was only about 3 m tall (that one, long, skinny branch you can see at the top was it) and not very wide - maybe 2m tops?  It was definitely laden with fruit and it had been raided by the numerous relatives before I got there.  There would have been over 50 full sized fruit on it.  Anyone worried about keeping an avocado tree because of size should have seen this - It would easily be able to be kept to this size and SOOOOO productive.  I'm going to chuck my seed in the ground after I eat it.

Comment by Christa on February 18, 2018 at 20:58

Wow, how tall was the tree?  It looks laden with avocados.   We can only hope we will eventually have avo's to eat.   Well done Susan. 

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