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Latest Activity: Jan 19
and Hi Pam, its been a funny year I think, but at least I don't have to water!
Yes Rex, I also got an albany grape that turned out to be niagra...you wonder how they can muck that sort of thing up really.
I can't grow strawberries, get the odd one but I crave buckets full
my tomatoes are growing great in the glasshouse, although a lot fo the flowers have wizened without pollinating.
we have had great weather for starting off the winter greens, not summery more like autumnal!
Well, time to start thinking about the winter garden ! ! ! I aim to have most of our winter vege home grown. have put the first lot of crrots and parsnips in while it was raining. Getting soil ready for first lot of broccolli cauli and cabbage and making the special beds for celery.
Geesh, Rex, thanks for telling us about those labels! I've not had a problem so far but really grew a lot of my trees from seed and grafted myself. Loved the photo of your tomatoes. Oh, Kali, wish I could share my plums with you! We have had them since mid dec and still coming on. Our Santa Rosa Plum was red but still very firm, though, as you say the rain was causing splits so we just picked them all and laid them out on trays until ripe. We still have bottled plums, plum juice, jam and dried fruit, froze as much as the freezer would hold and given away boxes full. So I've been making fruit leather and it is great and easy to store too. Everything in the garden is going strong and all developed fast so we had most veg's by xmas! The only things slowing down are most varieties of beans...they've already produced lots tho. Strawberries are still heavily in production and have been collecting for 3 mo now. Nothing is eating them and I think it's because of the calendula growing with them. We have not had Pohutukawa flowers this year at all Richard, late or otherwise! The kaka and Tui have really missed them but now the flax is flowering birds are happy. Was trying to think of ways to simplify my garden play/work. Then, as is my habit, wanted to plant something new so have planted mung, garbanzo, soy beans, lentil and flax (to eat). Woops, back to the drawing board, to work out a way for other projects!
Interesting to read your post Kali - you can never be sure how accurate labels on plants are. I heard heights, for example only tell you what a shrub or tree will get to within a certain time, not necessarily its final height. Similar with flowers, the labels show a picture and state the colour but that is not necessarily what you actually get. Our plums have been proficient this year but the rain we are getting is well and truly dealing to them.
I picked some plums today, they had split in the rain over the past few weeks so I had to cut them up , made a couple of quick pots of jam with them because they were only on the verge of ripeness. Two of our plum trees have this problem, santa rosa and red doris, bought the trees from the local garden centre, but they probably came from either Nelson or Ashburton and obviously don't suit our climate here, but you have to wait several years to find that out! Also a bit peeved that the Coe's golden drop which we bought to help pollinate the greengage is certainly Not coes golden drop, as the first two little plums were dark purple!!!! no wonder it flowered at completely the wrong time.
We are truly a month behind here - the big pohutukawa on our lawn is just flowering. In our house garden, the third-attempt snow peas are producing, many biennials have bolted to seed, and there are very few white butterflies about, so my experiment with intrerplanting celery with cabbage is untested. neither celery nor cabbage nor bush beans are doing much, although beans at least germinated this year. I dug the first potato tyre the other day - decent crop considering it never got mounded, and on time at 90 days. I haven't lifted the garlic yet. the interplanted carrots are coming along well, and benefitted from milk-bottle cloches for the first couple of weeks after transplant.
In the tunnel house, we managed to get a third of the beds built and planted out before we went on holiday mid-december. With the tomatoes, i put stale milk powder at the bottom of the hole for half of them, and the difference is remarkable. Those with powder are 25% taller and have grown multiple main stems. The first green fruit are just starting to appear The few courgettes we managed to strike are going well and we'll be eating in a day or two. Capsicum looks happy, and the watermelon plant (i'm ever hopeful and it was $1) is starting to grow. Cucumbers are-a-growing too. Today I extended the water line into the tunnel house, making the tap more convenient. we are watering from underneath, it is needing abou 10 minutes every couple of days.
Over on our land, an automatic timer kept all our saplings happy in their shelter, and my new windbreak (tagasaste, golden akeake and burgundy manuka) is doing okay. in the test garden we have two types of potatoes, great lakes lettuces and sweetcorn all doing well. Corn won't sprout until december here so it's about 20cm high. Direct sown leeks haven't made an appearance, so i'll start some in trays.
in the old orchard we released some trees with the weedeater in spring and have been rewardedcwith two apple trees setting a couple of dozen fruit each. i've now mulched one of them.
Hopefully this jolly wind has at last died away. I dont like being out in the garden when it is windy and it knocks the taller plants around too much, some of my dahlias have had a couple of main stems knocked over.
Nice harvest going on there Lynn. I have had a dismal year with cucumbers and runner beans - havent had a meal off the beans yet - dont know what is going on there. Have planted dwarf beans and they are well on the way. Have had a marvellous harvest of great lakes lettuces. Isn't it annoying how some particular vege doesnt do as well as usual each year? is it something in the air?? But I am pleased with my tomatoes - going to have a bumber crop. I think the tomato compost I made during the winter has really paid off.
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