Morning meander...

11 March, 2013

Yay for public holidays! In the state of Victoria, Australia today is Labour Day, which ironically means we don't need to go to work.

So I got to have a lazy meander around the garden. Joy.

Strawberries are back on the menu - they weren't fruiting due to the heat I think.
Also being produced are lots of runners. Need to think of a new strawberry bed space to plant these into.
Artichokes are reshooting.
The melon bed is looking lush.
There are melons on the way.
Here's another.
And hopefully even more to come.
I just love how the dew sits on the edges of the leaves.
The well protected brassica bed is doing well.
Here's an inside view. Some seedling thinning is in order though.
The recently very severely cut back perpetual spinach (a relative of silverbeet) is sending out lots of leaves.
The Huonville Crab is being weighed down with fruit.
The three sisters arrangement has fallen down under the weight of the bean plants. Must rethink this strategy for next year. Maybe poles to help support the corn plants are in order...
The two zucchini are continuing to prosper.
Must pick these before they become monstrous.
Cucumbers are almost outgrowing their frame.
I really like this arrangement for easy picking, and will definitely do it again next year.
Watermelons almost ready for picking.
Baby ones on their way.
The newest addition to the garden, a dwarf banana, is in the pot (hiding behind the massive rhubarb leaf). I'm not sure if bananas grow well in pots but I'll try it for a while and see how it goes. Next to it is the mango which is putting out lots of new leaves.
Many, many lemons.
The eggplant doesn't look like its doing much from above.
But underneath there are fruits almost ready for picking - this variety is Prosperosa.
Sedum is looking lovely, and attracting lots of (camera shy) bees.
The trained tomatoes are drying out but still with lots of fruit - this one is Garden Peach.
This one is Gardeners Delight.
The columnar grown potatoes are not looking too happy. I've been noticing half eaten though stems, and this one seems to be attacked too. Anyone know what bug does this?
Oh so many figs.
Too many to pick so lots are dropping to the ground which is a sad waste.
And lastly, the three remaining ducks enjoying a swim.


  1. Wow, thanks for this Bek, I really enjoyed a tour around your garden. What beautiful eggplants! And a melon glut is on the way. This morning for breakfast I ate one of my little rockmelons (canteloups) and it was stupendous, so much better than shop bought.

    I will definitely copy your cucumber growing strategy next year, I like it very much.

    1. No problem, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, the eggplants are beautiful, aren't they. And I'm so looking forward to a melon glut now that you've said that! I hope mine taste as good as yours have evidently. I can't claim the cucumber growing strategy as mine though, I copied it from 500m2.

  2. I've been enjoying your blog for a while.

    What do you use as a cover for your brassica bed? It looks like mosquito net or tulle?

    I'm in Melbourne too and I'm looking for ways to protect my soon to be planted crop. Little green monsters have managed to find the punnets in the seed raising box already!


    1. Cheers! Thanks for commenting. I cover the brassica bed with a combination of mosquito net ($5 a meter at spotlight - bargain!) and old net curtains (even more of a bargain as they were free!!). Yes, I hate white cabbage moths, I had them eat down a punnet of pak choy seedlings to nothing a few weeks ago. Bastards.
      Good luck, I hope your remaining seedlings survive!

  3. I think next year I shall try melons instead of pumpkins which have been treatening to take over the entire garden and into my neighbours (not that she minds). I think like Louise I have to try your cucumber arrangement. Mine are growing up a pool fence but I think possums, rats and birds have Eaten them.

    i think I need to try apples. And a neighbour up the road has a mango tree with fruit on it in the front, it might also be worth a try. Thanks for the tour

    1. I think melons have a much higher value for space rating (as instituted by Mark at marks veg plot) that pumpkins would being more compact and much more delicious. Apples are soooo worthwhile, don't hesitate. I would wholeheartedly recommend woodbridge fruit trees - most of mine are from them and they have lots of wonderful varieties and grow on a range of rootstocks - I have some on M9, M27 and MM111 and they have all done well. My mango has set fruit once but they dropped off, so I am hopeful I will get fruit one day. One day...

  4. Your garden is looking great. Mine is looking a little sadder, but still gowing strong in places. When do you sow your melon seeds? I really want to try again as I would be so excited to be able to pick melons from the garden.

    1. Cheers! I grew early sown melons in October (I think) but they didn't survive. These were sown about November in pots outside and planted out in the garden around mid Dec. They've been my most successful rockmelons to date. In my (minimal) experience rockmelons need lots of feeding, watering and mulching but watermelons, despite the name, are less picky. The watermelons were all volunteer plants from ones I didn't pick last year, and all the purposely sown watermelons failed. Go figure.