Morning meander...

15 November, 2015

I love a good morning meander around the yard to do some easy picking and check on how the garden is going.
First things first, head into the fruit cage to see what pickings there are.

Open up the net and in we go...

Lots of raspberries. This variety is Sandford and by far the earliest in my yard.

There are still some Early Burlat cherries on the bush, turning their dark cherry purple.
Check in on the other trees, looks like the Simone will be the next one to ripen and is laden with fruit. Happy times.

Out of the fruit cage and walk around past the tomatoes, they seem to be settling in well.

Lots of Zeigler plums this year too.

In the bed under the plum I planted about 40 seeds in four varieties of cucumber. This is the solo seed to emerge. Immediate re-plantings of cucumber seed are required.

Around to the white mulberry and into that net cage too. Lots of ripening mulberries and lots more to come.

Cant do this with a black mulberry, unless you want a purple top.

On the way out and fixing the net, I came across a few of these little fellows. Tiny baby praying mantises (had to look up the plural for mantis). Grow big and strong and eat all the bad bugs.

Overall, not a bad haul.
Around past the banana. It seems to have shaken off winter and is putting out new leaves, along with its babies. Will homegrown banana's be in my belly near future? I hope so.
Around the front yard the nigella is going nuts. I might try and save some seed again this year.

Into the polytunnel and checking on the germinating seedlings. Melons and a few eggplants are up, I've got some succession sowings of corn in here too.
Around to the orchard and the apple set is looking good. This is Early Victoria and should ripen around January.

This one is St Edmund's Pippin and hopefully will be ready for eating around February-March.
The fruit set on the Sundowner has been amazing. I will need to thin these but am expecting this will hold me through the winter months. These will be ready for eating around June-July.

Around to the backyard wicking beds, the first sowing of corn has come up well, and the pumpkin is also growing well for a two sisters arrangement.

The celery is going to seed. I'll pull most of it out but leave a few plants for seed collecting, not resowing (it was bought plants and I assume is a hybrid) but for culinary purposes. I love celery seed!

The climbing beans I sowed a couple of weeks ago are up. Now need to put together a climbing structure for them to grow up.

Extra laden blueberries. Need to watch out for these to ripen and then net. I'm so happy to finally be looking forward to a decent blueberry harvest!

And finally, some onions gone to seeds, but boy the flowers are pretty.


  1. Your spring garden is looking lush already, I love seeing all the developing fruit. Corn and beans already sprouting, how wonderful.

    1. Cheers. I admit I love seeing the developing fruit too! :)

  2. snap! we both have white nigellas, but that is about all we have in common - your garden is further advanced than mine. and I was at my parents' place on the weekend and dad's cherries are only just starting to blush.
    the white mulberries are strange! they look unripe. do they fool the birds - do they leave them alone?
    a lovely stroll thru your garden!

    1. Haha, snap indeed. I always pick the white mulberries a little underripe, as I don't like them sickly sweet as they are when they are fully cream coloured, so I pick them when they are still tinged green. They are still pretty sweet like that. The tree is under net as I don't trust the local birds, although they didn't discover the tree last year when it was unnetted and produced a bit of fruit.
      Cheers! Yours too :)

  3. Looking great Bek! What action will you take with your apples insofar as watering etc? My espaliered pink lady is fruiting for the first time and i'm unsure re thinning.

    1. Cheers! I am deep watering weekly if we have had no decent rain, but otherwise no other action until we get close to harvest when I will need to net the trees. I have been known to thin fruit on young trees if they set an excessive amount of fruit - ie enough to weigh down branches and possibly break them. If they have only set a few fruit I don't thin. But I usually don't thin until a bit into summer as I typically find young trees will drop fruit, so I wait and see. If it was me, with a Pink Lady that will ripen late-ish in the apple season I wouldn't thin until around Jan-Feb, and give it a summer prune at the same time.

  4. Magnificent photos. Question about the celery seeds though, do you need to dry them? Ours aren't far behind and I'd like to do the same.

    1. Cheers! Yes, I pick the seed heads when the seeds look mature, then put them in a paper bag and let them dry in there. Then I scrunch the bag contents around a bit and pour out the seeds. They need a fair bit of winnowing/picking out not seed bits, but they are very tasty so I think it worth the effort.

  5. Looks like your garden is well on it's way - everything is looking wonderful! I'm especially loving the net cage for your fruits - that's so much more convenient then individually netting things, as I have to do as mine are all spread about. The garden in the spring is such an exciting place - everything is fresh with so much promise for the bountiful summer ahead (before the pests & diseases rear their ugly heads!)

    1. Cheers! Yes, the net cage is more convenient for picking, but a bit of a pain to engineer. But it was worth it. It's so true, the spring garden is really a promise of what might be. Hopefully it will live up to my expectations :)