Morning meander...

26 April, 2015

Yay for the gentle rain we've been having lately in Melbourne town. I'm not at all sad that I'm missing gardening time to snuggle inside, cook hearty food (pea and ham soup anyone...), catch up on my reading and potter about the house, all the while listening to the pitter patter of rain.

That said I did head out to check on how the garden is liking all this water. It turns out, quite a lot.

Peas are popping up well. I love how water droplets sit on the leaves.

The artichokes are growing well. Also weeds.

The blueberries are turning lovely colours. 

The lilac is in bloom. I might cut some for inside.

The Pink Lady stepovers are almost ripe, and are super well protected.

The lemons are ripening. Oh so many lemons.

Broccoli and fennel seedlings are well up. I'm not sure how they'll go over winter, but it was that or a green manure.

Quick garden snack.

The last tomatoes are ripening outdoors. I could pick them to ripen inside, but I'm interested to see how they go outside.

Only one tomato is holding in there, and sprouting new shoots which are flowering. I'm tempted to try a mini greenhouse around this and see what I can get.

Trombonico zucchini's going to seed. I thought it would be interesting to see how they go and save some seed, as they have been really good croppers. I bit bland of flavour, but still a good filler.

Garlic is starting to sprout.

The orchard cordon espaliers are liking the pigeon manure and mulch (a mix of tree leaves and spent corn stalks).

With the corn bed emptied of spent stalks I had some space for more brassicas. There are two varieties of broccoli in here; Italian Sprouting and Gizmo. Hopefully the cabbage moths can't fit through this bird netting.

Last year's purple sprouting broccoli are re-sprouting. 

And lastly, the asparagus bed is starting to die off. I love their golden fronds.


  1. Everything looks so pretty in the rain. And those Pink Lady apples are indeed very well protected. I take it something there likes to eat them? Here it is the squirrels. I keep looking out at my Ginger Gold tree to see if it is going to blossom soon. I wonder if I'll get enough apples to be worth protecting it. Last year it was just a few, so I didn't bother.

    1. Yes, the apples would be squally snaffled either by birds or possums in my area, if they weren't well protected. I hope your Ginger Gold produces bushels of apples!

  2. The only way that I can comment here is to use my old blogger account. I have been following your blog for a few weeks thanks to a comment that Bev from Foodnstuff made a little while ago about your blog. Love it, excellent information and especially loved the wicked water bed tutorials. I made a wicked small dinghy for my long suffering strawberry pots at the end of last year and I am amazed at how well they are still growing. Not bad for Northern Tassie. Now, lets see if blogger will allow me to post this comment...

    1. Hi narf. I recognised your name from comments on Bev's blog. Welcome! Yes, blogger can be a pain!! I've updated the comments setting so you should be able to comment wither anonymously or by name and website if you prefer.
      I also have blueberries in wicking buckets and they have taken off in those when they sulked in my crappy clay soil. I'm really looking forward to seeing how these beds perform. Hope to see you around again.

  3. your garden beds look so impressive bek. it must be a pleasure to work in the garden.
    it's amazing to see the difference in our gardens. I just planted my garlic today, so I can't wait to see how long it takes to pop up. my lilacs look very sad, certainly not a flower bud in sight, and peas- well, I should plant some soon. I so enjoy seeing how different you are "up there" !

    1. Cheers e! It is a joy for sure.
      I too love checking out other gardens, just to see the differences in what people grow and how they grow it. Vicarious gardening is the best!

  4. I'm surprised that you found the tromboncino bland - I thought it was really delicious & tastier than other summer squash I grew. I know that often the mineral content of soil can have a big impact on flavour for certain crops, so maybe that has something to do with it. Or maybe it's just a matter of preference!

    1. Hmmm, that's probably part of it. Also sunlight, as they were in a slightly shaded area. But either way I will definitely be growing them again! So I can't have thought them too bland :)