Well, the season has been kind. Obligatory harvest shot from 2 weeks ago. Last of my brassicas other than Kale which is holding out fairly well.
The daughters job is to now look after the chickens and harvest eggs - she doesn't collect and this is the result of 3 days. (BTW she doesn't neglect the chooks. She just refuses to collect eggs from under broody chooks and waits for me to do it)
My new bees swarmed in the middle of winter and I was worried that the hive was going to die again. Not so, they've come back, stronger than ever and filling up comb like crazy.
Lychees, mangoes and longans are looking to be a fabulous season. This will be the first time I get a decent harvest off the Longan - I did get 3 off it 2 years ago but this year there looks to be quite a few. There were 2 other branches that have about the same on them.
I also seem to have quite a few pomegranites as well. I'm just waiting for the last few to set and then I will bag them to protect from fruit fly.
Figs have started as well. Just keep a look out though. Ive been squishing large clusters of black caterpillars that skeletonise whole leaves within a day or two. I've found out that they are called the fig leaf beetle and all I'm currently doing is looking for eggs, larvae and beetles and squishing when I find them. I did however miss squishing for 3 days and in that time I had 3 large clusters go through about 6 large leaves so it gives you an idea of the damage they could do.
Another little cute project. My grade 12's wanted to make soap so for something a bit special, I decided to dry flower petals for decoration. They turned out pretty damn cute. They were roses, nasturtiums, geranium, sunflower, lavender, viola and cosmos. The soaps are still drying at school and I'm hoping they will be ready to use as a graduation present next week.
Lastly, a beautiful shot of my sunflowers looking so healthy nd about to burst into bloom. Makes my heart sing.
Well, that's all from me guys. Happy gardening
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