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Hi everyone,

Well it's been a busy couple of weeks and I finally have computer access again so YAY! The storm a couple of weeks ago, blew up our computer and wifi and we have only just got it back.  I had a couple of days away as well but the garden did not suffer too badly this time.  I made sure everything was well watered and we also got a little helping hand with a storm.  However, 5 days away was enough to do this to my trombonccino's.

I figure at this stage, I might as well leave them to mature to save some seeds and to see what they are like as a pumpkin substitute.  If anyone wants some seeds, by march, I should have some spare. 

The lychees are beautiful!! I'm eating them straight off the tree.  I think I could get about 3-4 kg off them this year.  I hope I've worked out the secret - water and fertiliser leading up to flower set = good fruit set.  It sure beats the measly 6 lychees I got last year.

Cucumbers are doing quite well in the garden which is great in this heat as I'm making heaps of salads.  I have tomato's, lettuce and spring onions all to compliment the cucumber.

I have been getting heaps of the mini capsicums and been wanting to try preserving them.  Here is my first attempt.  Growing them under the fruit fly mesh has definitely been successful.  I also keep them well fed with a weekly liquid powerfeed.

The garden is so rewarding at the moment.  The amount of food that is coming out is amazing.  I'm harvesting this sort of pile about twice per week - not the same things, but bits and pieces.  The heat has not yet affected things too badly - I'm thinking that's because of the shade cloth over the greens is protecting them from not only the heat but the grasshoppers as well. 

I've got one lonely choko on the vine that is going rampant at the moment.  It is a constant battle to keep it on the fence and not let it grow over my trees.  Some more had better be coming :(

Last but not least, I finally got a photo of my white adriatic fig before I scoffed it.  Unfortunately, I got just a little impatient with this one.  While it was soft, it didn't "fall off in my hand" like the others.  As soon as I saw the white sap oozing from the top I knew it was too early.  One more day and it would have been silky and juicy and luscious.  As this is only my 3rd fig, I suppose I could be forgiven for not quite knowing when to pick them but when you have to wait so damn long for them to ripen and then you ruin it by picking them early -> it's a little bit frustrating.  I still ate it - though not very nice.

Well that's it from me folks - happy gardening.

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Comment by Susan on January 12, 2017 at 12:38

Thanks Christa, they do look like they could be that variety.  They have mostly a really small seed but about every 4th one you get a normal sized seed.  

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on January 12, 2017 at 5:53

Thanks Christa, didn't realize there were than many varieties.  Now just have to decide what one I would like - has to cope with growing in a pot.

Comment by Christa on January 11, 2017 at 18:57

Susan, the lychee fruit looks a bit different to most, could possibly be Fay Zee Siu as in LINK.  

Comment by Susan on January 11, 2017 at 15:47

Hi Cheryl, unfortunately, i dont know what these are.  They were the first lots of trees to go in the garden, back when i was a novice and i bought them at the markets with no name attached.  

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 11, 2017 at 8:03


Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on January 11, 2017 at 7:57

As always your garden and produce is very impressive.  Can you tell me what variety of lychee you have

Comment by Susan on January 10, 2017 at 10:38

Thanks guys.  All my beds are wicking beds so that helps but i also double watered before i left.   That is, the morning before, i watered as normal and filled the reservoirs.  Then, in the afternoon after the soil had wicked up a lot of the water, rewatered to ensure reservoirs were completely full.  The rain obviously helped.  I cracked open my first jarof capsicums on weekend, stuffed them with cream cheese and served them at bbq along with the fried stuffed zucchini flowers ànd homemade chilli jam - they were a hit!!  

i'll keep you some trom seeds rob.

Also, i've finished harvesting the lychees so i made sure i went out and fertilised with rooster booster today so will hopefully get as good a crop next year!!

Comment by Rob Collings on January 2, 2017 at 18:35

It's a good setup to get 5 unattended days in summer with little grief Susan, well done. Love the diversity and colour.... I'll be keen on some of those trombonccino seeds when the time comes. And enviable lychees you have there as well!

Comment by Lissa on January 2, 2017 at 17:07

Beautiful beautiful crop Susan. I particularly love your colourful little capsicums and the way you are preserving them for use. Everything looking good.

Comment by Christa on January 2, 2017 at 14:44

What a good feed of lychees you managed to get, I have never seen so many on a tree in this area. Well done. The mini capsicums look plentiful as well.   Just drooling with the sight of the fig.  

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