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Hi everyone.

My garden is really coming into it's own at the moment despite the lack of water.  All my washing machine water is going on the garden and I refuse to not water my food crops when needed.  I have tried to reduce my reliance on pesticides etc and have been hoping that nature can do its thing.  I planted a bug and butterfly mix by green harvest and have massive queen anne's lace, borage and another pretty flower that I have no clue about.  I am seeing more beneficials - dragonflies, butterflies and lady bugs.  I've also had to hold myself back and let my roses get taken over by aphids in the hope that the ladybug population will move in and do its magic.  Here is a shot from about a week ago where literally every new shoot on my roses had a thick blanket of aphids.  There was the occasional lady bug so I tried very hard and resisted spraying. 

This next photo is from today! While I still have the occasional bit of new growth with a blanket of aphids - most stems look like this now.   The lady bug babies are absolutely voracious in their appetite. 

With the heat, the cucamelons have bounced right back and stopped sulking. 

I've got mangoes and lychee flowers galore and LOOK! My first avocado - pinkerton. 

My first bunch of carolina black grapes and my first angel donut peach (only one set this year so I'm going to look after it)

Blueberries are going absolutely nuts this year!

My new bean tower is in production.  I still haven't pulled the other one down.  Shhh!

Also, my tomatoes are still going strong.  

Lastly, I just wanted to share the view from my hedge.  We finally have an arch!

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

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Comment by Valerie on October 1, 2019 at 21:07

That looks great.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 1, 2019 at 18:47

Looks great Susan.  Mine's a bit all of the place - some are doing well and others suffering in the dry.  

Comment by Susan on October 1, 2019 at 7:05

Christa, you will get back to it when you can and the garden will still be waiting for you.  I am not doing this without the help of town water by the way - no way am I not going to water my food production crops.  Having said that, the washing machine water is being used well and I've well mulched all my plants.  

Thanks Sophie. 

Comment by Sophie on September 30, 2019 at 17:17

EPIC!! good stuff :)

Comment by Christa on September 29, 2019 at 21:53

Wow, Susan, you are an inspiration to us all. September glory indeed, your garden is holding out well.  So much food now and in the future.  I hope others are having the same goodness from their garden. Those blueberries look very appetising and also the little melons.  It is good to know and see the bugs eat bugs, a successful way to keep control.  Maybe we should grow sacrificial plants and let the bugs demolish them first and give the predators a chance to come into force.  Thanks for raising our spirits.

Ours unfortunately is just hanging on and I am embarrassed to show it to anyone. Thanks for holding the fort for everyone. Things are just too dry and we are losing plants. Maybe it is nature saying that we need to cut back our supply..

Keep up the good work.  

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