Saturday, December 13, 2008
Pear sprinkled with cornflour which did not help with curbing pear slugs - experiment failed. Manual squashing with a disposable glove works best. Pyrethrum spray works but not so on windy days. Thyme growing taller - hoping to harvest some soon. Peach tree doing well...no pesky aphids due to good work of ladybugs. Green plum turning yellow and then will go red.
Plums on the tree.
My orange seeds have germinated after a long while (Sept to Dec). :)
Rosemary growing taller.
My friend has confirmed these are either chilli or bell peppers. However they soon died after thinning out and repotting. Should have added Seasol fertiliser during that.
Chilli plants are growing at a slow pace since sowing on 4 Nov 08.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Peaches on the tree Plums Pears
I have been waiting for spring's arrival and have been working on the vege patch even in winter, weeding away and preparing the soil for spring's planting. Some days I was hardworking, somedays I was not really. But slowly and steadily, I got the vege bed ready, at least managed to cover the patch with weed mat to stop the fast growing weeds from returning. Spring is such a wonderful season. Thank God for creating all the seasons! We watched the bare trees sprout crowns of pink and white flowers, and petals falling like snow flakes when the wind blew. Then we watched the young leaves pushing their way out and the trees are now having green crowns. It was such a beautiful sight out of our living room windows! Right now in the garden, I have mint, rosemary, thyme, tomato and lavender growing. They have just been transplanted into larger pots. I have planted another batch of thyme seeds and a batch of chilli and some sunflower seeds. Can't wait for them to grow and flower and fruit. I am discovering that gardening can bring a wonderful sense of achievement. It is good fun watching the plants grow and caring for them. And Samuel has a fine time learning as he watches me do stuff in the garden. He goes around with his toy lawn mower and chasing doggy with it. We also have a few types of fruit trees bearing fruit on this rental property. How exciting! There is peach, plum and pear. Lots of aphids on the young leaves but lots of ladybugs around to clear them out! I did not know ladybug larve look so different from the cute ladybugs haha...how interesting!
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