Morning meander...

14 October, 2012

As I have previously mentioned, I do love a morning meander around the garden. My preferred time is Sunday mornings, which are my least hectic morning of the week, and just perfect for some quality time in the garden. There's something special about the garden first thing in the morning when the first light hits the plants and the leaves are glistening with dew.

The nectarines (variety Ziablagrow Queen Giant - well that's what the label said) are slowly swelling. The ones under the leaves are staying green, but those in the sun have already acquired a lovely red colour.

The grape vine is on the move. I have no idea what variety it is, or even if its meant to be a wine grape or eating grape, as it was here when I moved in. Either way I love its gnarled wood, and I have got some reasonably palatable fruit off it.

The asparagus is being nibbled by something. I have no idea what. Given its not just down at ground level, but on the half grown stalks too (I've been lazy with picking this year), there may be more than one offender.

Still in the 'orchard' the whitecurrant and redcurrant are setting fruit. I will definitely be needing to get the nets out soon. Last year I didn't get a single currant, red or white.

The gooseberry is also setting fruit - this one is either Champion or Roaring Lion. I put the labels in the ground next to the plants but they have been frequently dug out by animals, so I can't be sure which is which. But as one has green fruit and the other turns red when ripe, I hope someday soon I'll be able to work it out.

Now moving onto the veggie patch, the garlic has started to get a touch of black aphid.

They will be getting Gavin's treatment, as he said it was quite effective.

Moving on, the peas (variety Greenfeast) have stopped flowering.

That said they still have some peas filling out on the plants.

Almost ready to pick are the broad beans. They have been a bit slow for me this year, but that's ok as I prefer peas to broad beans. I only eat broad beans when young, so these are just about ready.

Luckily there are more coming.

Moving onto the front yard the cherry tree (variety Stella) has lots of little fruits forming. Yay! After the cherry disaster last year I can see more netting that will need to be done, and done early.

Strawberries are forming (variety Cambridge Rival, and by far the tastiest I've tried).

But wait, what's that...

It's not quite ready to pick, so I've used temporary protection.

Artichokes are threatening to glut. Almost time for my favourite way to use too many artichokes; artichoke risotto. Maybe tomorrow...

The white mulberry is fruiting for the first time, and there appears to be thousands of tiny fruits.

Will mulberries drop excess fruit, or should I be doing a happy dance in anticipation? If anyone out there with a mulberry tree can advise it would be greatly appreciated.

The onion bed finally looks like it actually has some plants in it, rather than some random whisps of green.

But wait, whats this???!!

About 5 watermelon seeds have germinated amongst the onions, as this was the watermelon bed last year. I can't believe they've germinated outside, as only two of the six varieties I've sown inside have germinated. Although we did have those few unseasonably warm days a couple of weeks back. I think I will start sowing some experimental seeds outside, and see how they go.

Given the green peas are slowing to a halt, seeing the purple podded peas still going great guns cheers my heart.

And FINALLY three more of my cauliflowers have decided to join the party and fruit. They are still tiny, but I'm excited that the plants weren't a complete waste of space.

Also on the fruit front, the raspberries are forming. Last years' fruit and veg challenge documentation shows that the first fruit was in the second week of November. So I think I have a little time before I get the nets out, but I'll need to keep an eye on them.

The beetroot plants going to seed appear to be taking over the garden. I'll have to pull out the ones growing over the path. There's no way I'll need that much beetroot seed.

Moving around to the backyard, the peach tree (variety Anzac) has its first tiny fruits. I'll have to wait and see how the tree holds up, as I'm a bit scared that when the fruit swells it might break the newly formed and not very sturdy branches.

One of the backyard cherries is being attacked by snails.  This one is planted right next to the agapanthus, and there are few plants that are greater harbourers of snails than agapanthus.

I think I need to cut back the leaves of agapanthus that touch the cherry, so the snails can't just hitch a ride right onto the tasty, tender new cherry leaves. 

The fig is forming its springtime fruit. I get two crops off these figs, one on tips of the old wood in spring, and one on new growth later in summer/autumn.

Most of these will be given away, as I don't like figs that much, but I may make some fig chutney. It makes a nice fig into a thing of great deliciousness, especially with pork or duck. When I make it next I'll post the recipe.

And lastly, a new addition to the garden. Meet the evergreen blueberries. A comment from Liz a while back alerted me to these plants; I always thought blueberries were deciduous. But after chatting about it with the lovely blueberry grower at the farmers markets that I go to (he's at a few of them) I bought two evergreen blueberries, as they need each other for effective pollination.

Apparently they fruit later than deciduous blueberry types, so this should extend the harvest. These are going into the ground along the back fence where I just pulled out a lantana plant that was nice and covered the ugly fence, but I'd rather have something that gives me fruit as well, and being evergreen I'll never need to look at the ugly fence again. Double win!


  1. What extraordinary variety you have in your garden. So much fruit. I have recently been tempted by currants and gooseberries and might just have to get some.

    1. They will be sure to do well in your new place, but they do need netting otherwise there is just no point.

  2. Fabulous variety of fruits! I'm very envious. Good luck with the black aphids - i found pyrethrum works well if the Eco Oil fails. I'm watching my blueberries slowly swell at the moment, its very exciting.

    1. Good to know. The eco-oil seems to be working so far, but its always good to have a back up. I'm still waiting to see if my blueberries will set fruit, the flowers are just about to drop. Fingers crossed!

  3. Beetroot salad.
    Just saying....

    1. I hear you! But, seriously, I practically have a forest of beetroot going to seed. I will NEVER need that much, even if I ate beetroot salad to the end of my days...

  4. Thank you for showing us your goods. So much happening in your garden.My nectarines look like yours and are already being devoured by the possums? or maybe rats?

    1. My pleasure! You've made me want to go and check on my nectarines. I haven't had problems before, but I know there are possums around (they're everywhere!). Maybe they just haven't discovered the nectarines yet. I hope they never will. Does netting stop the nibbling?

  5. I have to ask which varieties of blueberries you ended up getting?
    I have five blueberry plants so far, and by the looks of things only one (Sunshine Blue) is evergreen. My deciduous and semi-deciduous varieties are Legacy, Reveille, Magnolia and Blueberry BurstTM. All of these are Southern High-bush (low chill) types, so that if we have a mild winter then I won't miss out on a blueberry harvest.
    I love blueberries, so if there's more of the evergreen or Southern high-bush varieties out there to collect, I would love to know what they are and where I can get them! :D

    1. I have two evergreen blueberries: Magnolia and an unknown variety, plus five deciduous types: Rose, Marg, Bridgitta, Northland and Reveille.
      I would so love to get more. Mine came from blueberry farm and Diggers here in Melb but they do online to most of Aus.