Morning meander...

01 November, 2016

Yay for public holidays! Today is Melbourne Cup, but instead of dressing up and celebrating a horse race, I'm hanging out in my gardening clothes and getting stuff done around the yard.

Backyard wicking bed veg patch. Need to pull out the beetroots and carrots going to seed in the front bed, and check on the recently planted tomatoes.

This is one of the 16 tomatoes planted out in early October. They are doing great, so the plastic bottle covers are coming off to be reused in other parts of the yard for new plantings.

Stepover apple has finished flowering, now to await and see how much fruit has set.

Heading around to the front yard, and the pear is looking good with a few baby pears developing.

The lemon has been pruned back, but plenty of lemons remain.

The white mulberry is going gangbusters!

Newly planted out (with reused plastic bottle covers) are the rockmelons..

... more rockmelons...

... and watermelons.

Newly planted out and still needing protection are the ground planted tomatoes here...

... and here.

The broad bean tower has been tied up and has many many broad beans on it.

Just look at them all.
Baby cherries are coming along.

The thornless blackberry is sending out new shoots and looks to be flowering soon.

Nearby Huonville Crab apple is flowering profusely.

Plum is laden.

Almond crop is looking promising.

Self sown purple sprouting broccoli is still putting out shoots.

Strawberries are starting.

In the polytunnel the ends are being opened as it warms up.

Unknown tomato is growing well.

Cucumbers seem to be growing nicely.

In the orchard things are looking good.

The espaliered apples have loved all the recent rain and cooler than usual spring and are flowering profusely. Best year for flowers ever. Fingers crossed good fruiting season follows.

Looks like some baby apples are evident already.

Raspberries in wicking buckets (swapped with Iona for strawberries) are growing well and fruit is near.

Under the espaliered apples I've planted out pumpkins, to both act as a ground cover and suppress weeds while hopefully giving pumpkins.

Asparagus continues to give generously.

Celeriac from self sown seed.

Grapevine flowering soon.


  1. It's amazing how much you grow on your suburban property. We have been waiting for so long for flowers to appear on fruiting trees in the Snowy Mountains. I'll have to go for a walk in the neighbourhood and check on my foraging trees.

    1. Thanks Zena! It's been a long progress let me assure you! I hope the foraging trees are looking good.

  2. Looking like a productive summer ahead! So much fruit! My apricot is not looking very promising as it has been so wet, an there was a bumper crop last year - so much so that when I inherited it, branches had broken off, the crop was so heavy.

    I have tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce popping up out of last year's compost, which is always a bonus. Spring is so exciting, isn't it?:)

    1. Fingers crossed! I hear apricots can be biannual, so it might not be the wet.
      I have only found one self sown tomato outside so far, but a few self sown lettuces (mainly in one wicking bucket with blueberry - maybe they like the acidic soil?

  3. Oh my, this is so good! Ive been a big sook and hidden inside (painting) from the crappy weather. Yes, blossom on everything has been so plentiful this season, fingers crossed a good harvest. We recently had the open garden day for food gardens and I haven't done a thing since. Thanks for motivating me to get my butt out there and go for it!

    1. I know I've done my fair share of hiding inside, cursing the rain and cold! But it has done some good. No problem :)

  4. As always, I love seeing how much is going on in your garden! :D
    It makes me excited and gives me hope that at some point, my small garden spaces might yield me the same.

    It took forever for my broadbeans to actual produce pods, but I'm so pleased they finally are. My silverbeet is in various stages of going to seed, but that's alright because my spinach and kale seems to be enjoying the weather for now.

    I look forward to seeing how many of your apples set fruit and the progress of your seedlings in your next post! ;)

    1. I'm sure they will, just keep cramming in the plants :)
      My broadbeans took a while to set pods too, but now they are going crazy. Some of my silverbeet is gone to seed, but others are ok for unknown reasons.
      Will be sure to do a fruit set post :)

  5. It's all looking great! How do you prune your thornless blackberries? Mine are just flowering and in their second year. I cut them back hard after last years flowers and expected them to sucker from the base as the normal blackberries do, but they didn't. However they produced lots of branches with terminal buds and these are going to give me a bigger crop this year.

    Also with the raspberries in wicking tubs. How deep are your tubs? Do you expect the plants to sucker and eventually fill the tubs? I hadn't thought about trying them in wicking tubs, but yours look deeper than mine.

    1. Cheers Bev! For the thornless blackberry I prune out old stems (much like with raspberries) at the end of the fruiting season whenever I get around to it, and at the same time tie up the new shoots on the trellis. I found that the suckers came up much more strongly from year 3 or so onwards. Now they are maybe 4 or 5 years old and are starting to put up suckers around 1-2 m from the original plant. I'm going to need to keep an eye on those.

      Raspberries in wicking tubs are great! I've done them in wicking buckets, but using the square tubs are deeper and in the 6 months I've had these ones I think they are better. I would guess they are a similar size to your black wicking tubs - around 40cm deep and 55cm long, 35cm wide - I'm struggling to recall the exact dimensions but around that. Ideally they will fill up the tub eventually, but I reckon that may take a while. I'm happy to eat all the raspberries in the meantime.

    2. That's good to know about the blackberries suckering....looks like I'll just have to be patient. My wicking tubs are only 25 cm deep, so maybe that won't be enough, although length and width are approx the same as yours. I might try one in a deeper round tub, but it won't be wicking. All my raspberries are in the ground, in sandy soil which takes a lot of water, so I want to try something else. Thanks for the help.

  6. wow, you sure have a lot of produce, and everything looks so healthy. I love the little greenhouses for your new plants.

    1. Thanks. The plastic drink bottle covers are indispensable for protecting young plants from both bug attack and the mini greenhouse effect. Well and truly worthwhile rummaging through recycling bins to get them :)

  7. Just found your blog through your review of tomatoes last year. Looking forward to seeing a review this year.

    1. Thanks BeaJay. I have been very busy and not blogging much lately, but I'll try to do a review this year. Hopefully soon I'll be back on the blog as things ease up in the new year.