Thursday, September 18, 2014
Now, a look at my front garden (though I am far from posting about the back garden). I shall call this garden bed 'Patch Front'. The photo speaks a thousand words. I find labelling much more efficient and clear. You can click on the photo to see a larger one.
The left side where the fence is is usually shaded. I would love to plant a vine of some sort in that area but a bit more researching has to be done. My faithful Pixzee Peach tree has finally gone into the ground after a few years of being potted. It has been fungicide-treated and then flowered and now the leaves are coming. I have driven stakes around the tree for protection in months to come, against my dog and possums. For two years we hadn't eaten a single peach from it because my dog chewed it.
The kaffir lime tree was also planted a few months ago. However, it did not do very well. I am not sure why and hope it greens up after a while, or I will have to investigate. Next to the kaffir lime, some mustard green vegetables are thriving.
As I did not know where to plant my grape vine Carolina Black Rose (due to the shifting sun all over my garden and I know grapes need lots sunshine to sweeten), I have re-potted it into a larger pot. Wishing for the same sweet juicy grapes I had last summer/autumn!
Eureka lemon tree, brown turkey fig tree and wisteria remain potted. Right where my entrance is, I plan on putting Saffron Crocus bulbs.
Dreaming of an edible garden bed! And a beautiful one too! :)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
At about 230am last night, I heard noise on the roof so I decided to get onto the front of the house to have a check. When I shone my torch, I saw a bush tail possum (wildlife) scrambling across the lawn and up the fence behind the plum tree. Immediately I got indoors and went to the back door. I shone my torch and found a pair of red eyes staring at me on the shed. I turned off the torch and waited. It was dark and quiet. Then I heard a noise coming from the left. Another possum is walking on the fence. I shone my torch and it scrambled off. That could be the mother? I turned off the torch and waited again. When I turned on the torch next, the possum was on the fence where my choko vine is. I was not scared this time (the first encounter was a bit scary as I did not know what to expect). The cat-sized furry creature looked at me and I at it. Almost immediately my heart melted. It is so cute! I was actually talking to it in the middle of the morning!
It decided to get back onto the shed. I could not see how it walked behind the grevillea and pomegranate trees as it was dark. I turned on my torch, went near the shed, stood on my garden chair and shone the torch at it. Oh it was on the shed's roof and it was very cute! Again, we looked at each other. It looks very docile and unfazed. Then it went onto my neighbour's fence. I returned to my back door with light off. A while later, I heard slight noise. It came back to the fence where my choko vine is. Obviously, it has hoped to get some choko shoots. I shone the torch again. For the very first time, I saw how this agile creature walk on the fence. It can actually avoid jumping over the chicken wire mesh and my black netting by walking on the horizontal wooden bars supporting the fence which is on the same side of my neighbour's fence.
I figure I can stop it from eating my plants completely by erecting a whole stretch of loose black netting. It seems to walk on the thorny devils fine but I needed to have another good look to assess this. Honestly, I am beginning to like this creature. It obviously does not know those plants belong to me. It is just looking for a meal every night. It does not know that it is offending me by nibbling my plants. It is just trying to survive. I reckon I can share some shoots every now and then. Anyway, those stray shoots that go higher than the fence need to be pruned off. So, why not let it do the pruning for me? At the same time, it can have a meal. I just hope it will not come live in our roof!
This morning, I pyrethrum sprayed both my peach trees just to deter the carpophilus beetles from invading the remaining few peaches . I had already removed as many fungus-infected peaches and trimmed off as many branches to open up the big peach tree. I think we will have about 10 or less peaches to enjoy this summer. I managed to harvest a few, not fully ripened but already slightly fungus-affected and they still taste wonderful to my hubby and son. I noticed that one peach is missing from the tree. When I looked around, I saw a clean peach stone under the olive tree. And then I saw a peach on the lower part of the tree with a chunk bitten off. Then the pictures pieced together. The possum must be going for my peaches last night when I came out to the front garden. Oh well, one or two peaches for it is fine I guess. I just have to make sure it does not come for my corn or tomatoes or watermelons or beans. Gosh, I think I need a big cage to do gardening now...cage all my plants....
|The strawberries and their flowers have been safe so far after netting them.|
|The strawberries and their flowers have been safe so far after netting them.|
|First cucumber vine is flowering but waiting for the other younger vines to catch up.|
|Yippee....a big bunch of Chinese/garlic chives!|
|Chives with squid.|
|Yummy silvery fir tomatoes ripening every day.|
|This mixed Basil is grown between my two tomato silvery fir.|
|Harvested tomatoes, pak choy and mixed Basil.|
|I have grilled tomatoes with basil and cheese every day. Super juicy and sweet!|
|Sweet corns almost ready. It has thick layers of protective leaves so I hope the possums will spare them for us.|
|Sydney Crimson rhubard's growing big and strong. Need to find a recipe soon.|
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Is that a cluster of future grapes?? I am not sure as I have never seen grape flowers before. But it is something which I have never seen before on my grape vine so I assume this is a flower cluster. Anticipating my first crop of grapes this year!
I take pictures of new shoots as references so I can look back next winter to improve my pruning work.
Here's how my grape vine is growing along the beams.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
So far our summer 2010-2011 has been cooler than previous years. We had one day of 40 deg celsius but that's it. Other days are cool and sunny or cloudy. So some of the garden crops are growing seriously slowly such as my yardlong beans (long beans) and eggplants. I am certainly thankful for the weather because I dont ever want heat waves. The patch right out of my main door is filling up with foliage and fruits...tomatoes, corns, spagetti squashes and soon, okra (ladies' fingers).
The pumpkin vine has crept onto the lawn and I spotted a little pumpkin with its female flower. So far lots of male flowers were produced.
The one and only gorgeous lemon verbena is thriving outside my bedroom window. The only issue is it is growing out of the garden edge and soon it may sprawl onto the lawn. I want it to grow taller and bushier so I probably have to give it a prune asap.
The peach tree out of my bedroom is laden with peaches. Just waiting for them to ripen!
9 sweet corns are growing on three corn plants!!!
A male pumpkin flower.
I realised I actually have more pixzee peaches than I thought. They are so prettily pink.
Spagetti squashes are growing fast. This is one of the three.
Drooling as I typed. I pickled a big harvest of green chillies.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Here are some pictures which I have got from gardening books. I just find these pictures awesome. They give me great ideas about growing fruit trees in pots. I hope one day my garden will be the beauty in the neighbourhood! This is a picture of a herb garden. Imagine a garden full of aromatic herbs, both edible and pleasing to the eyes and nose. This pot of nasturtiums is so spectacular, trailing down the height of the pot.
I always love the sight of a citrus tree in a terracotta pot, so pretty and so edible!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I am in the process of designing my dream garden - one that produces edible crops, one that have an assortment of favourite flowers for use as well as for admiring, one that I can go to whenever I need some moments of undisturbed solitude, one that my dog and children can run in and run on, one that is self-sufficient generating its own compost/fertiliser and collecting its own rainwater...I can only imagine the many things I can do in this beautiful haven. It will take a few years before my pittosporum golden sheens reach density and height for such privacy. Meanwhile, I will concentrate on planting things that I had wanted to plant and get the garden in order for a start. I simply adore the look of an edible grapevine whether it is creeping on the roof or grown in a large pot. I will do something similar soon like that in the picture : a grapevine with herbs/flowers grown at the verandah. I already have decided on the spot in my new house. In fact, there are three possible spots. For a start, the vine would be very small and it takes patient years for it to reach the looks of that picture.
I love daffodils. This picture shows clumps of them growing under trees. I am not going to have that many but certainly daffodils will be flowers that I will keep. In fact, I have already planted them some time back. See http://organic-is-better.blogspot.com/2009/08/time-for-flowers-at-our-new-house.html and http://organic-is-better.blogspot.com/2009/07/one-more-month-of-winterhows-are-some.html and http://organic-is-better.blogspot.com/2009/07/daffodils-pushing-out-of-soil.html . They are showing well for now.
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