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#16 Daybreak

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 05:36 PM

We actually didn't buy any of the seedlings. Mum gave us a couple of punnets of corn just after we moved in, then I got two punnets each of corn, cucumber, butternut pumpkin and the rhubarb as part of my Christmas present from a cousin (we do a family KK) Plus a friend grew some things from seed and gave them to us at the seedling stage. The rest is from seed though. Dad tells me you shouldn't buy big seeded things (corn, pumpkin, beans etc) as seedlings.
Neither of us eats fresh tomatoes, so we'll be cooking ours up or giving them away!
We have carrots growing but only because we already had the seeds, and they're purple! They are going to start to annoy me though if they take forever to get to a decent size.
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 11:37 AM

Finally the photos! Things have grown a bit since these were taken last week, and at Mum's advice, we've put pea straw around everything.IPB Image

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:02 PM

Your corn is huge! That's so cool!

I'll post some pics when I can of our garden. smile.gif I'm not sure how to do it these days.

We were away on the weekend and short of watering, I haven't looked at the vegies at all since last week. I picked some zucchinis today and one was as long as my forearm! It's absolutely huge! I picked 4 good sized ones today and there are at least 20 more growing away on our 4 plants. The plants are enormous, I keep expecting them to go all triffid-y and try and kill me. ph34r.gif

Okay hopefully this works, this is today's zucchini harvest. I'll take some photos of the actual garden when I go out to water later.

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My silverbeet has completely gone to seed but I read the other day that if you cut it off at ground level and cover it with a layer of compost and mulch it will sprout new growth again. I hope that works, otherwise I think I'll have to pull it out and replant it. It's still delicious though.
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:44 PM

Let us know how the silverbeet goes.
What will you do with all that zucchini?
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:21 PM

So how's it going, everyone?
The cucumbers are going nuts (and we don't eat them!) The first pumpkins are almost ready. We haven't had much luck with the first batch of corn - it was tough and not sweet. Don't know if we left it too long or what. We've eaten some smaller carrots and are letting the others grow bigger. Some went into risotto where they dyed the leftovers purple!
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:12 PM

Was told the corn needs LOTS of water once the ears start to grow. Grew a couple of seedlings for fun for Cait when we were in Canberra.

We've got LOTS of lettuce. Didn't think my whole punnet of seedlings would survive but they all have so we're swimming in it!

Other than that, the green catepillars seem to have a taste for my herbs and not my lettuce so we're down to some Thai basil and our strawberries.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:05 AM

We have something eating our mystery bean (seedlings from friend, that's how they were labelled) I really hate that. We've used plenty of snail pellets on all the beds too.
We've been pretty good with watering our corn (and everything else) It was watered every night during the hot weather and about every second the rest of the time. Meanwhile, watering at night has contributed to the terrible powdery mildew on the pumpkins! (Which Husband decided to treat with something that is mostly sulphur, even though he's allergic to sulphur! Luckily no real reactions (he vomits if it's ingested, his skin peels if he touches it), though I told him I wouldn't have any sympathy)

Our tomatoes are starting to ripen too. We haven't netted them yet so I'm worried birds are going to get them!
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:37 PM

We had capsicums sprout! Got DD to sprinkle some seeds a few weeks ago when we were making dinner just to get her out of my hair and now I've got baby capsicums!


Lettuce is nearly gone though, had a big serve of san choy bow tonight to celebrate. Did discover in the process that I still have chives growing though.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:49 PM

QUOTE(Windsor @ Mar 9 2014, 08:37 PM) View Post

We had capsicums sprout! Got DD to sprinkle some seeds a few weeks ago when we were making dinner just to get her out of my hair and now I've got baby capsicums!

Oh that's exciting! We have a capsicum plant but there's nothing on it.
Andrew netted the tomatoes today, and we ate a couple of cobs from the second batch of corn for lunch - yum! We've also picked a couple of pumpkins. One is a Wee-Be-Little, so it's fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand tiny, but the other one is bigger (though we think it's a pie pumpkin so the flesh might be quite thin)
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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:26 PM

We have about 4 tiny capsicums on our plant, each about 5 cm long. They are so cute! I don't know how long it will be until they are ready to eat.

Everything is going great guns at the moment. The tomatoes are ripening slowly, so we are getting 5 or 6 a week. Surprisingly we haven't had a problem with birds at all, not eating the vegies or the lawn seed we put down. We do have a big yukka type tree growing over the garden though and I think that might scare them off or something.

I'm glad the second batch of corn was yummy Katie. Did you do anything different to it? I swear some seeds/seedlings are just duds. We have a packet of lettuce seeds and nothing has ever germinated from them.

Our current garden set up is like this.

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To the left of this picture we have just put in another bed, hexagon shaped, 1.5 meters on the sides and 1.2 meters along each pointy end. Do you have any suggestions of what we could plant in there? It's going to be a bit of a feature, surrounded by grass and not stones like the current beds, so I'd like something pretty looking as well as yummy. I'm all out of ideas! We currently grow herbs, lettuce, broccolini, string beans, zucchini, cucumber, capsicums, habanero chillis, jalapenos, silverbeet, eggplant, snowpeas, spinach, corn, broccoli, tomatoes, beetroot and spring onions.

I'd like to plant something boring like potatoes, something we use a lot of, but DH isn't keen on using this bed for potatoes, onions or garlic. We're planning on asparagus at some stage which we have another bed reserved for but I'm not sure whether to put them in this hexagon bed or not?
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Posted 16 March 2014 - 02:08 PM

I'm quite new at this gardening thing. Do you want to replant every year/season, or do you want something more permanent? Do you eat rhubarb?

This is our first tomato harvest (well, there was 3 more small ones, but I gave them to Mum, who scoffed them!)
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The second batch of corn was from seed not seedling, but as far as I know that's the only difference. We do actually have some capsicums growing. They're Bull's Horn so they look like chillies!
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:33 PM

I love planting potatoes! We'd really have to build up a bed if I wanted to do that though.

Bad news, nasty green caterpillars got into EVERYTHING while we were away. Ate their way through flat and curly leaf parsley, basil, thai basil, mint, what was left of the lettuce and even started on the strawberry leaves.

Have left my baby capsicums alone so at least we'll have something eventually!!!

Thinking of putting something more permanent in that little bed now anyway, it's in the spot all the mozzies congregate and I'm sick of being bitten all the time when I pick herbs.

Bed is about 1.8m x 1.m with full length awning windows at each end of the long side (backs onto dining area). Was thinking a Frangipani? Perfume would be nice, gets lots of morning sun and bricks warm up a bit but shady by the heat of the day. Don't want anything that will promote moisture and more mosquitoes. Option B is some rosemary bushes beneath either window and a feature citrus in the middle but don't know if I have the patience to shape that...

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 03:35 PM

I know that citrus don't like 'wet feet' so I don't know how one will go there if it's damp. My little gardening experience only relates to edibles, so I don't know anything about frangipani. Maybe go to your local nursery and talk to them about it?
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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:08 PM

Not damp, just shady.

Sorry, not hitting you up for advice per se, just mind dumping, it's something I've been pondering for a while. Front garden is too hard to think about so this is more achievable biggrin.gif

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 03:15 PM

We have given away so many cucumbers, I've roasted two trays of tomatoes, and look at the pumpkins I picked this week!
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We need to start planting some things for Winter.
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