Sunday, November 19, 2017

Planting and weeper hoses

I think I've found the answer to watering, doing it at the roots and not getting the leaves wet. The weeper hose, made from recycled materials and it gently leaks water all along it's length. I have half buried half covered it over and the water gently gets down to the roots, reducing wastage.
I was able to cut the one I bought in half so it does 2 separate gardens. With the addition of a water timer summer should be sorted  :)
One of the potato tubs was looking awful so I tipped it out and was most pleased to get 1.5 Kg of lovely new spuds! Also picked some lovely young carrots to thin the rows.
Planted a bunch of nice fresh lettuce and an aubergine just for the hell of it

Weeper hose weeping

The weeper hose along the base of the plants

New aubergine plant nestled in

Some new lettuce seedlings

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November is here

The two tomatoes I have so far are growing very well, they look strong and healthy, hopefully we will have lots of lovely fruit. I am still hunting for an Early Money and now also a San Marzano. They are the ones you get in tins of Italian tomatoes, nice size and great for sauces and roasting in BBQs :)  No luck so far. Might have to settle for a Grafted Truss.
Made a large bean teepee, hopefully the bobica heritage Italian beans live up to the challenge, the seedlings look lush and are growing fast.
"This bean came with the Dalmatian gum diggers to the Northern gum fields in the 1800’s. It is an excellent green bean with yellow flowers which produces numerous thin pointy tasty beans. The name is pronounced Bobitza” 

Bobica bean

View with the teepee on the left

I think I counted thirteen different edible plants in this photo

The new Yen Ben lemon tree (a true lemon not a lemon mandarin cross) is flowering well and has baby fruit showing, most exciting. I managed to remove the Meyer lemon (which is not a true lemon) so we are now dependent on the new one. The bean teepee is planted in it's place.

Yen Ben lemon flowers

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tomatoes are in

In fact I planted them last weekend. I went for a good old 'sweet hundred', so useful for salads etc and a 'black krim', the dark/black tomatoes are supposed to taste so much better. They have grown an inch or two already. I removed all the laterals below the first set of flowers on each plant. This is best done on a warm dry day with a very sharp knife to reduce stress and damage to prevent disease. I also planted them in new soil, also to hopefully prevent disease. I am still hoping to get one called 'early money', apparently a very good healthy producer that is finished before the end of summer when the psyllids and blights are in full attack. I've also planted four capsicum plants, some basil, yellow beans and a chili. So we're just about sorted for the season other than a couple of courgette plants :)

Two tomatoes between the brassicas

Small orange visitor

The new prunus flowering nicely

Cornus flower just out in the rain

The garden is nice and lush, spring is wonderful

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Officially October

Yes and it's all as springy as. Pulled out the last tender stem broccoli finally, they had come to an end. They did produce an amazing amount of food, there was always a bag in the fridge ready to steam or pop onto pizzas. We had some peas and young broad beans in a stir fry tonight :)

The potatoes needed support now, I have used bamboo poles and gardener's string

Staked potato plants

And the plums are getting bigger  :)

Fortune plum babies

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daylight savings day

And the day after the General Election, the result is still very much in the air, hopefully it lands the right (by that I mean the left ) side up  :)

Did a bit of yard work, organizing paving and edges. Planted some cool sounding beans 'shiny fardenlosa' up a new trellis arrangement up the side of the garden shed. Not full sun, but I am crossing my fingers

New paving layout

Shiny Fardenlosa bean seedlings

Broad beans doing it

The bees seem to have done a stirling job on the fortune plum blossoms, there are tiny plumlets all over the tree

The jersey benne potatoes are growing very well, I'll soon need to fence them up soon to stop them all falling over in stormy weather. The new ones I planted last weekend are now just popping up out of the soil in front of the buckets

Jersey benne goodness