Long time between posts...

08 February, 2017

How is it February already? I don't know where the time goes but goes it does, and sadly of late there hasn't been enough time for blogging.

I've taken photos but never got around to posting them simply due to lack of time. This is why I am loving instagram, 'cos I can snap a shot and post it, no intermediate uploading of photos and writing to get in the way.

So if you want to see more of me, head to instagram at beks_backyard

But despite my lack of time to blog, the garden keeps giving.

Tomatoes keep ripening.

The backyard wicking bed patches are going great guns, although the tomatoes and eggplants have been slower than previous years.

The peach tree has been netted and I'm enjoying the gorgeous white fleshed Anzac peaches daily.

Pears are coming along and should be ready for eating in the next month or so.

The front yard banana has gone gangbusters with new plants. I need to pot some of these up to give away and relocate some others.

The Huonville Crab apple is almost ready for pickings.

Might go nicely with some blackberries.

I'm stringing up the front yard tomatoes in all sorts of ways. Easily the best growing method I've come across so far!

The plum which is supposed to be a prune, but I always eat them instead of drying them, is super laden this year. I ran out of time to net this one, but there are only a few bird pecked fruit.

Inside the polytunnel I've gotten a few early Black Krim tomatoes, much earlier than all the other bigger and beefsteak tomatoes in the backyard.

I've tried growing climbing beans up the apple espalier this year, very successful so will be repeating this one.

Also in the orchard area, the few cucumbers that didn't die are now finally producing some fruit. Also some onions that need picking and celeriac gone to seed.

The apples in wicking buckets are also doing well. And a transplated tomato that I'm letting grow wild.

So that's most of the garden. Hopefully I'll get around to doing more blogging over the next few months compared to the last.

Morning meander...

01 November, 2016

Yay for public holidays! Today is Melbourne Cup, but instead of dressing up and celebrating a horse race, I'm hanging out in my gardening clothes and getting stuff done around the yard.

Backyard wicking bed veg patch. Need to pull out the beetroots and carrots going to seed in the front bed, and check on the recently planted tomatoes.

This is one of the 16 tomatoes planted out in early October. They are doing great, so the plastic bottle covers are coming off to be reused in other parts of the yard for new plantings.

Stepover apple has finished flowering, now to await and see how much fruit has set.

Heading around to the front yard, and the pear is looking good with a few baby pears developing.

The lemon has been pruned back, but plenty of lemons remain.

The white mulberry is going gangbusters!

Newly planted out (with reused plastic bottle covers) are the rockmelons..

... more rockmelons...

... and watermelons.

Newly planted out and still needing protection are the ground planted tomatoes here...

... and here.

The broad bean tower has been tied up and has many many broad beans on it.

Just look at them all.
Baby cherries are coming along.

The thornless blackberry is sending out new shoots and looks to be flowering soon.

Nearby Huonville Crab apple is flowering profusely.

Plum is laden.

Almond crop is looking promising.

Self sown purple sprouting broccoli is still putting out shoots.

Strawberries are starting.

In the polytunnel the ends are being opened as it warms up.

Unknown tomato is growing well.

Cucumbers seem to be growing nicely.

In the orchard things are looking good.

The espaliered apples have loved all the recent rain and cooler than usual spring and are flowering profusely. Best year for flowers ever. Fingers crossed good fruiting season follows.

Looks like some baby apples are evident already.

Raspberries in wicking buckets (swapped with Iona for strawberries) are growing well and fruit is near.

Under the espaliered apples I've planted out pumpkins, to both act as a ground cover and suppress weeds while hopefully giving pumpkins.

Asparagus continues to give generously.

Celeriac from self sown seed.

Grapevine flowering soon.

Early planting out tomatoes...

09 October, 2016

I couldn't help myself.

Here in Melbourne we've had a couple of days of some sunshine, so I got a bit overexcited at the weather finally turning a little bit spring like and I planted out some tomato seedlings from their current safehouse of the polytunnel.

Traditionally in Melbourne the time to plant out your tomatoes is the weekend before or after the Melbourne Cup. Which is about a month away. I don't care, as I've always planted out my tomatoes earlier than that date.

However I'm not totally foolhardy. I tested the soil in the wicking beds which I am devoting to tomatoes this year. The soil was not cold to touch (which is often the case with raised beds where they heat up earlier than regular ground level soil) but in fact pleasantly warm, so I felt the tomatoes were unlikely to get too rude a shock coming out of the comfy polytunnel environs and into the real world.

The raised beds got some manure dug in, then in went the tomato seedlings.

To not be totally cruel I have given them some added protection of plastic bottle covers (the bottoms of the bottles are cut off so they just get stuck into the soil around the seedlings) and old coffee glass jars so they are protected from any real cold and get a mini glass house environment to help them on their way.

This also makes labelling easy

Now I do have back up seedlings just in case this doesn't work out. But fingers crossed they will grow to nice healthy tomatoes. I can't wait for tomato season to begin. It's been way too long since I had fresh homegrown tomato.

Morning meander...

11 September, 2016

There is nothing better than a lazy morning wander around the garden, cup of coffee in hand, to check on how things are going.

Backyard wicking bed veg patch is looking ok - not height of summer luscious but also not drab winter nothingness.

The garlic is looking good, early sown Flinders Island particularly so.

Purple podded peas are starting to fill out and there are enough to provide more than just the odd garnish.
My avocadoes in wicking buckets are flowering. Not sure this will come to much as the trees are too small and young, but its nice to see.

Anzac peach half flower, half leaf.
Looks like another bumper crop of white mulberries.

The wall of broad beans is now taller than me. Only just starting to form pods now.

Self sown brassica turns out to be a purple sprouting broccoli. Welcome.

Almond crop is looking promising.

In the polytunnel there are signs of life.

The self sown tomato is ripening...

...with lots of flowers hopefully there will be lots more fruit.

Seeds of capsicum, rockmelon and watermelon are up.

Likewise the tomatoes - 25 out of 27 varieties have germinated. May need to resow the rest if they don't come up.

And joy of joys, the asparagus is well on its way.