Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tamarillo with garlic underneath

I've never grown a tamarillo before - it's meant to be a tomato like fruit that tasted like a passionfruit. And the garlic that Marziah gave me is planted around it.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

You can prune a fig back to nothing

I let mine grow a single node each year. It fruits fine. The biggest challenge with figs is to keep the birds off it and the fruit at an acceptable height. At this rate this tree will take 20 year to get 8ft tall. Perfect. Just make sure to pull out all the ground shoots, about three times a year.
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Late Winter Chillies

Planted a single one of these last season, and they've been maturing all winter. I'll strip all the fruit and lightly prune before I go to Singapore.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Garlic has sprouted

A friend gave me some homegrown garlic that I didn't use in time. So I planted it. It has started very strongly; while I'm away in early spring I think it'll really kick off.

All I can do is winter damage control this weekend. I'll spray the wintergrass, some more copper on the stonefruit, throw around some fertiliser -oh, and plant those abused roses I rescued from Bunnings. Nice $7.00 wins there but gee do they mistreat their roses.

I'm annoyed I couldn't get to Ross Roses at Willinga this year.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Things I'd Like to do at home

I'll build a little hot box for those lucky bamboo that are suffering in the cold.
I want to clear the front veranda that has bikes and coffee tables etc sitting there - sylv harshly referred to it as making the place look like a rental property.
Clear the back step for a similar reason Clean out the "unstruck" lavender and buddeleiah -reminds me I'd better get E to pour some water in there tomorrow.
Clear out and dig over last year's yomato plantings. Prep next year's bed - just behind it. That'll keep tomato roots going into different soil and hopefully keep nematodes down.
Move soil around as well. Get all this year's old tomato soil into the compost heap. Better google that to see if it is the way to go.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Now THAT'S a mango!

This doesn't give a true indication of size but these mangoes in Cold Storage are HUGE!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

It's killing me being away

Listening to talkback gardening here in Singapore and it's killing me. Plenty of stuff to do at home; pruning, fertilising, gypsum, mowing, scarifying, composing, even planting early stuff under plastic. But I'm here in Singapore. Still - a few days and I'll be back. Not so happy about spending my Birthday here in Singapore away from my family but I knew it was headed this way.