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Well it's the beginning of November and thank God for the storms - the rain has been very welcome and has 1/2 filled my tank so I'm switching the hoses back to tank water.  I was looking at Barbara's blog the other day and she was showing her tiny pomegranite with flowers on it so I thought I would show mine in comparison.

So, I don't know if this gives you a fair idea of size, but it is now taller than me and been in the ground for over 2 years and STILL NO BLOODY SIGN OF FLOWERS.   I'm now eyeing it off every time I go outside and mentally threatening it.  It is going to get a max of 2 more winters in the ground.  I've put it on notice.

Last year, I had the best crop of mango's on my then 5 year old tree - I ended up with around 20.  This year, it looks very promising again. 

My panama berry tree is absolutely loaded with fruit.  None have ripened yet but hopefully not too far away.  Considering it has grown the size of my mango tree in just 1 year, and every part of the tree has this many berries, I expect a lot.

Those little williamette raspberries that gave me such a surprise at the beginning of winter have another round of fruit developing.  I had cut down most of the old canes but left one as an experiment and this is the one that is now fruiting.

I'm having an issue with my strawberries at the moment.  I bought temptation strawberries and these have a multitude of problems.  The first is FRUIT FLY!!! I've protected every other vulnerable crop and every single one of these that I've picked lately have had maggots.  My sugar babies and redland joy are mostly fine.  Just the odd one is affected and never all the way through, just a spot.  Then, the ones that don't have fruit fly, have mold.  Over it!! I'm just about ready to rip them out but will give them a little longer.  Will not buy these again - next year, I'll just stick to my order from Daley's.  The shot below is a mix of the good sugar baby and redland joy.  I'm getting this twice a week from 16 plants.

On to other harvests.  Here is the stuff I've managed to take photo's of.  Lots of beans and greens make it into the house without a picture.  The tomato's are now being picked 3 times a week. 

The last of the nectarines are now off the tree and the first peach.

And my son tonight helping me gather celery, spring onions, parsley and chilli for dinner.

This is one of two red cabbages that have been struggling away in the garden.  I was waiting for it to get bigger but it was covered in aphids so I picked it.  Even though small, it was a nice surprise as it was very full and dense and no aphid damage on the head.  SCORE!!!  Making coleslaw with it tomorrow.

Growing ginger has now become a priority in my household.  Growing up, my parents only every used the powdered stuff and I never bought it.  A few years ago, my mum started growing it and gave me some so I chucked it in a very neglected part of the garden where it sat and sulked.  One day, I remembered I had it and a recipe called for ginger (like mum, I either did without or chucked in powdered) and so I went out and dug around the poor little thing and harvested a piece. The difference it made was astounding.  I am serious this year so I have created three spots for it - 1 ground, 1 wicking bed (pieces originally from my mum) and a store bought piece is in a wicking pot.  All have come up and going strong.

The apples are looking great!! I didn't end up getting a second net.  My neighbour was having a garage sale recently and she had this perfect mosquito net going for $5.  I took that off her hands, got up on my ladder with a broom (because I let my tree get too tall) and carefully covered the tree. It is pegged together and a bit of old netting is shoved in the middle of the tree to seal it off.  I might finally get a successful apple harvest. YAY!

Lastly, my first children's rose has appeared.  Gorgeous.

Well, that's it from me folks.  Happy gardening.

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Comment by Rob Collings on November 10, 2015 at 21:49

The amount of production from your yard is outstanding Susan. I love the result with the red cabbage.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 8, 2015 at 12:00

All that productivity from just one backyard - Wow. I wouldn't be too hard on the pomegranate, Susan - it's just too busy growing. The flowers on my little baby were probably starting to develop in the tree that Daley's took the cutting from. I don't expect to get any next year, and won't be letting the fruit develop this year.

Comment by Christa on November 8, 2015 at 10:31

Phil, he has good chooks, but even they have limits.  He was using wire hoops and stretching his wife's stocking over it and protecting just the best of his fruit.  Unfortunately, he is a bit like me, the lone gardener in his family.   Maybe a good christmas present, would be a little garden bed for my grandchildren, with some seedlings etc.

Comment by Phil on November 8, 2015 at 10:07

As usual Susan you are putting a lot of us to shame with your garden success. Fruit fly appears to be the bigger impediment for productive fruit trees whether its in suburbia or on an acreage.

Christa does your son use insect netting on his fruit trees?

Comment by Christa on November 8, 2015 at 9:52

The dwarf Irwin is one of a few mango trees that I purchased for my (green fingered) son, and it is growing well.  A few years ago, I thought if I can't grow it here due to lack of space, he will have room on acreage.  So he has lovely pecan trees, mango trees, olive trees, and citrus including a great buddha's hand, pomegranate and many others.    I figured that if I share them around, the fruit etc. would be shared around. (It's working)

The rose flower is beautiful, and the panama berry is an unknown to me, it looks interesting.  The leaf to the left of the mango, is that a mulberry tree.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 7, 2015 at 23:32

Looking really good Susan.

Comment by Susan on November 7, 2015 at 21:22

BTW both were from Daley's

Comment by Susan on November 7, 2015 at 21:22

Hi Christa, this is a dwarf Irwin and I also have a Dwarf Palmer (yet to fruit).  Isn't it great.  I now have so many trees that I would never have known existed except through brisbane local food.

Comment by Christa on November 7, 2015 at 21:15

Hi Susan,  Can you tell me what type of Mango tree you are growing.  It looks like a dwarf tree.  It is good to see what everyone is getting from their gardens.

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