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What’s growing at city girl farm

Hi guys, thought I’d have a go at a virtual garden tour. What did you think?

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Comment by Susan on April 19, 2020 at 6:44

Thanks Dianne :)

Hi Dave, no, it's not really shady.  I shot it really late in the afternoon about 5.30 I think and at that time the sun is fairly low that my backyard is shaded by the house.  The vegie beds for example are all full sun baring 1 depending on the time of year.  The side in ground bed is only in sun in winter because of the trees which is part of the reason I want them gone. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 18, 2020 at 22:13

I have really enjoyed attending your Virtual GV today Susan, You have really gone from strength to strength as a Rural Farmer over the years, you and your family should be very proud of your achievements over the years. I am sure the new farm is really going to be so so productive in years to come.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 17, 2020 at 22:32

Thanks so much for the tour, Susan. Inspiring stuff.

Your patch seems a tad shady: is it? Remarkable growth considering the small densely planted space.

Comment by Susan on April 17, 2020 at 12:42

Hey Christa.  Do it! I’ll be eagerly looking forward to having a squiz at what’s happening in your beautiful garden.  That’s the plan for the tomatoes.  I got a great tip the other day from roots and refuge farm and she said that she doesn’t make tomato paste but rather dries tomatoes and then blends them up into a powder to use. How awesome is that idea? I’ll be able to preserve heaps of tomatoes this year   

Hey Roger, Sophie has also had trouble with getting her pumpkins to set fruit.  It may be some other bug but it doesn’t matter, the netting solves the problem.  As soon as I see a female flower developing, I keep an eye on it, hand pollinate when it opens and then immediately net it.  How many pumpkins set before I started doing this = 0. How many after = every female blossom.  At the moment l, I have a total of 6 pumpkins developing 4x Jap and 2 x futsu.  It’s worth it for me to get the fruit.   If I can get at least another 2, I’ll be happy as I only started doing this late in the season. 

Comment by Roger Clark on April 17, 2020 at 12:10

Yes, Susan, I agree that our summers are now too hot to grow most tomatoes. The cherry ones that  come up by themselves are the best bet for summer. When the max temps are near 30 degrees it's too hot. Spring and Autumn are great but today in mid Autumn its above 30  degrees, tomatoes will stand a few days of this but any more or they will wilt. So do I, by the way!

I see that the great toilet roll hoarding issue is solved, Susan's using them for her plants.

You must have a real fruit fly problem if they are attacking your Pumpkins. I get fruit fly here but the only pumpkins I have had trouble with is the French one that has sugary wart like growths come out when approaching maturity, the Fruit fly can lay their eggs in the warty growths, but normal pumpkins have too thick a skin to be attacked. The Fruit fly must lay their eggs when the fruit are very small and haven't developed a hard skin yet. Are they Jap Pumpkins? I would think that if they are netted when young, they would then be susceptible until about half size. Does anyone else have Fruit fly problems with Pumpkins?    

Comment by Christa on April 17, 2020 at 11:25

I'm thinking of doing the same with my camera, Susan.  Today I finally got my seeds so here goes, I am not so expert at growing seeds, but what have I got to loose.

Look after those cabbages etc as they are so hard to buy now from big shops online. You have changed things a bit, I kept looking for landmarks.  The mandarins have grown taller.  If you don't take the bamboo to the farm, then sell it, you can get good prices for bamboo gracilis.   You have plenty of tomato plants growing, that means lots of sauce.  I wonder why you have so many fruit fly now, there must be a neighbour who is not picking off there ripe fruits.  Keep it up, and keep growing. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 16, 2020 at 20:01

Nice work.  You got your first subscriber!  It almost felt like a real GV.  

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