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Hi everyone,

Hasn't the weather been glorious - but definitely not cold enough for the start of winter.  I had the most wonderful day in the garden.  Started at 11 after helping at my son's school and didn't come back inside until 5pm.  I am feeling so relaxed and rejuvenated.  My gardening has stopped being a hobby and started to become a necessity.  With a couple of full on weekends away, a couple of late mid-week events + working late and I have been feeling very stressed over the last 4 weeks.  Today, I accomplished a lot but the most important was the destressing :)

It started with eating one of my still green tinged emperor mandarins - the first of 6.  My tree is still little but I got out there and ate it in the sunshine and it was still super sweet despite not being fully ripe.  So much better than the mandarins I bought from coles the other day.

I then did some watering and some powdery mildew spraying on cucurbits, roses and dahlia's.  I've started using eco-oil combined with eco-fungicide and it seems to do the trick. 

Next was transplanting all the cuttings I have accumulated from our wonderful garden visits.  Dianne's pink salvias are now in between lychee and mulberry, mushroom plant in the ground out the front.  Lissa's dragon fruit cuttings (from Dianne's visit also) are in two different places against the sunny side of my wooden fence.  And lastely, I picked up 2 cuttings from Lissa's 2 weeks ago and applied rooting powder and they have developed roots already.  But I have absolutely no idea what they are because stupid me thought I'd remember.  Any help with the ID of this please. 

Refreshed 3 of my small self watering pots and am trying to plant seeds into there and then into the garden to save time and space.  Into these, I have planted cauliflower, red cabbage, broccoli, pak choi, Leeks, spring onions, lettuces and spinach.  I'm still having trouble in a couple of beds with beetles so this way I can plant the seedlings into toilet paper rolls which will hopefully protect them.

I also moved a couple of bags of Tim's horse manure compost + coco peat into the back vegie beds to refresh them.  Into one, I've sown some bird seed as a green manure crop.  This bed was looking horrible before and has been very heavily used.  It only gets about 4 hrs sun in winter so figure it's the perfect time to feed it up and get it ready for summer.   Directly into the beds out the back, I have sown some beetroot, carrot, beans and peas. Here are the peas.

Not much in the way of produce at the moment.  Zucchini's, eggplants, rocket, spinach and lettuce is pretty much all I've got in the way of vegies.  I do have some sugar snap peas but as I planted these when I had my rat problem, I've only got 2 mature plants producing as I had to keep sowing extra peas as they would eat them.  It won't be long for some broccoli - if I can keep the diamond back moth caterpillars off them.  I've just bought another Eco product which has BT in it so am going to spray soon and see if it works as the heat is still allowing them to be very active.  Tomato plants just starting to produce tomato's - it will be a while until I am in tomato's again.

Daley's sent me a notice, my Walnut "placentia" was available.  It has been purchased and should arrive next week.  I have its spot in the park already picked out.  Hopefully in five years time, I'll be eating my own macadamia, pecan's and walnuts and if I have to share a few with people who work out what the trees are, well so be it - it will be worth it.  So far the council has been very accommodating - they have left a pumpkin vine that escaped and took root in the park and my pecan, to grow in peace.  My plan is to build a garden bed at the back of my fence for things such as pumpkins which I can no longer grow in the yard as it is too full.

Oh, I'd almost forgotten about my lemon grass that I planted near some trees to stop it being mowed over

Well that's it from me for a while.  Happy gardening people.

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Comment by Lissa on June 5, 2015 at 4:49

Sad that we have had to resort to baits. Let me know if you try Dianne's marigold recipe and it works. I checked around the yard yesterday and I still have a few marigold left I could use. I'm not having nearly so much trouble with the roaches now though - since the flooding and baits exercise.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 4, 2015 at 21:09

Looks great as usual Susan.  

Comment by Susan on June 4, 2015 at 20:08

Thanks Dianne, I'll have a look.  Good news so far Lissa - I put the baits in and my new seedlings are still there.  Fingers crossed...

Comment by Lissa on June 4, 2015 at 9:41

Worth a go.

I planted a Pyrethrum in there and they ate it completely within three nights.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 4, 2015 at 9:29

Hi Susan, I have just posted a recipe in Companion Planting that might help with the cockroach problem, Good Luck.

Comment by Lissa on June 3, 2015 at 18:37

These roaches that infest (in the thousands in one of my beds, so no other word) our beds do a lot of damage unfortunately. They eat everything in their path. All seedlings, leaves. Everything.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 3, 2015 at 17:15

Your garden is looking wonderful, you should be very proud of your efforts. Susan the Roaches that you are getting, are they the type you find in the rainforests? If they are they will be trying to help you by breaking down any leaf matter etc.

I have been a bit slack lately but promising myself that I will get into the garden more this week. My vegies are doing nicely, it is trial and error, a learning curve when it comes to some of the more unusual things I have been able to get at garden visits and BLF members.

Comment by Lissa on May 31, 2015 at 7:47

Just cockroach baits from Bunnings. I don't like using any chemicals but these don't make their way out of the plastic bait into the garden. Roach in. Roach out. Hopefully roach dead.

Dogs are good deterrents for sure :)

Comment by Susan on May 31, 2015 at 7:37

Thanks Jan and Lissa, that does ring a bell - I knew it had to be something that attracted bees as that is my goal at the moment, to try and get some more perennials that bees love.  Yep, those bloody black cockroaches are still giving me grief.  What baits do you use?  I have been trying to keep the beds moist but it is a balance (as they are wicking beds) and there are still dry spots that develop.  The beer bottle next to the lemon grass is from some grubs that we have using the paths on Friday/Sat night.  A couple of times, I have found Jack Daniels bottles thrown into our yard :(  Our dog died recently and she was very good at barking loudly and moving people along.  We are getting a new puppy soon that we hope will do the same thing, otherwise come summer, we'll have congregations outside our fence.  Good advice re walnut.  I might move it over more, away from the path. 

Comment by Lissa on May 31, 2015 at 6:52

Is that a beer bottle beside your lemon grass? :/

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