Morning meander...

08 February, 2015

Slightly munched brassica seedlings, come up from a random scattering of saved seed. Who knows what these will be...

I cannot believe it! A mango, in Melbourne!!!

In other tropical plant news, the banana is going well.

There are four new plants sprouting from the base. I've read I should chop these out, but am wondering if anyone out there in blogland growing banana's at home wants to add their two cents worth. I'd be happy for any advice.

The cucumbers have well and truly overgrown their frame.

Rockmelon (cantaulope) babies are happening. This is a Delice De La Table.

This one is Prescott Fond Blanc.

The tomatoes have been besieged by disease (probably tomato blight but I'm by no means an expert) so I've chopped out all the lower leaves to let in extra air and sun, and ripen the lower fruit.

Trombonico zucchini growing amongst the blacberries.

In other melon news, there is a tiny tiny watermelon. Not sure it it is properly fertilised though.

The pumpkin (Potimarron) has one pumpkin on it. At least it is keeping the solo pear on the Belgian Fence Espalier company.

Bramley's Seedling apples are getting huge!

The parsnip seed will need collecting soon. Also purple sprouting broccoli seeds.

Ditto fennel seeds.

Sometimes seeds grow in the most unlikely places, like old decomposing tree stumps.

And lastly, the sunflowers are out. Both pretty and seed producing. Yay for sunflowers!


  1. Wow your banana and mango look great.
    You certainly have a green thumb.
    I like to desucker my banana plants.
    Professional growers spend a lot of money and time desuckering, and they would only do it for good reasons.
    There are several studies showing bunch size and fruit decrease if the pups are competing with the main plant, in a plantation.
    I have several plants fairly closely planted, so desuckering is essential for me.
    But your single plant may be a bit different, because there may not be competition for light and nutrients from surrounding plants, and also bananas hate wind and like the wind shelter of neighbouring leaves.
    Anyway there is masses of information out there, just search "desuckering bananas" on the internet.

    This forum has a lot of informed discussion.

    Also many complete banana growing instructions, such as

    1. Thanks for the info George!
      I had read that commercial growers do this but I wondered if it was relevant to the home grower. I will certainly check out those links. Cheers!

  2. Not that I have much experience, but this past year was the first time I dealt with late blight...ugh. Thankfully, I do see on other's blogs that it is usually not an annual occurrence, so I have my fingers crossed that we won't get it this year. And congrats on your mango!

    1. Cheers. I tend to get it later in the season, but I certainly think I contributed by planting them much too closely. I rotate my crops so hopefully this also reduces disease recurrence.
      I am so hoping this mango ripens. Given it is the first fruit I have no ide when it will ripen. I'll just need to keep a very close eye on it.

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    1. Haha. Why does the auto correct not recognise sunflower? Anyhoo. They are such delightful flowers.

  4. That is a really pretty sunflower. I love the red ones. Weirdly though I don't grow them. I've only got yellow self seeding in the garden.

    1. Cheers. It's called prado from memory. This is the first year I've sucessfully grown them so I'm pretty happy.

  5. mangoes in Melbourne - is that global warning?! who cares - yum and well done, protect it from birds!
    you have reminded me I need to start thinking about brassicas.

    1. I know! We are definitely warmer here than in past decades, but while some is probably global warming there is a lot of increased heat retention simply from urban sprawl, more roads, buildings, concrete etc. So that helps to create a more sub-tropical than temperate climate. And allows me to grow mangoes in Melbourne.
      I will defintely be protecting it from the birds!!!

  6. Hi Bek , I love looking at the variety you have in your garden. Im learning all the time in my garden and really want to keep producing enough for my family and friends. Glad I read about you in The Age today. Cheers, Viv 🌞

    1. Thanks again Viv. It's a really rewarding hobby that I'm sure you will enjoy. We are all learning when it comes to gardening. But it comes a lot easier now than it did when I started 6 years ago. Good luck with it and hope I hear from you again.

  7. Read about you in The Age today. Good luck with your garden. I read what you said about seedlings sprouting any old where. I reckon one of my most useful skills is knowing when a 'volunteer' seedling looks interesting. I think I have a pepper coming up, but only time will tell - if it gets a fruit. I love waiting to see what a volunteer will turn out to be!

    1. Thanks! That is so true, seedling identification is a bit of a gamble at times. Particularly with plant families. Brassicas, for example, all look the same but it could be cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, asian greens or radish. So hard to tell. But its fun to let then grow and find out if you were right! :)