Long time between posts...

08 February, 2017

How is it February already? I don't know where the time goes but goes it does, and sadly of late there hasn't been enough time for blogging.

I've taken photos but never got around to posting them simply due to lack of time. This is why I am loving instagram, 'cos I can snap a shot and post it, no intermediate uploading of photos and writing to get in the way.

So if you want to see more of me, head to instagram at beks_backyard

But despite my lack of time to blog, the garden keeps giving.

Tomatoes keep ripening.


The backyard wicking bed patches are going great guns, although the tomatoes and eggplants have been slower than previous years.

The peach tree has been netted and I'm enjoying the gorgeous white fleshed Anzac peaches daily.

Pears are coming along and should be ready for eating in the next month or so.

The front yard banana has gone gangbusters with new plants. I need to pot some of these up to give away and relocate some others.

The Huonville Crab apple is almost ready for pickings.

Might go nicely with some blackberries.

I'm stringing up the front yard tomatoes in all sorts of ways. Easily the best growing method I've come across so far!


The plum which is supposed to be a prune, but I always eat them instead of drying them, is super laden this year. I ran out of time to net this one, but there are only a few bird pecked fruit.


Inside the polytunnel I've gotten a few early Black Krim tomatoes, much earlier than all the other bigger and beefsteak tomatoes in the backyard.

I've tried growing climbing beans up the apple espalier this year, very successful so will be repeating this one.

Also in the orchard area, the few cucumbers that didn't die are now finally producing some fruit. Also some onions that need picking and celeriac gone to seed.


The apples in wicking buckets are also doing well. And a transplated tomato that I'm letting grow wild.


So that's most of the garden. Hopefully I'll get around to doing more blogging over the next few months compared to the last.

14 comments:

  1. Welcome back Bek...and may I say what a smashing garden of produce you have this year. Enjoy the fruits etc.

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    1. Thanks Louise! I am enjoying it, especially the peaches!

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  2. My, your garden is looking lovely. I am especially smitten by the beautiful fig tree. Imagine how glorious it will be in a decade. You will be eating out there under it all summer:)

    I also like you cucumber trellis - that is a very clever solution - do the cucumbers grow underneath so they are easy to pick?

    Enjoy your summer gardening xx

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    1. Hi Jo. I'm still reading you, just not always commenting!
      Funnily the fig is about 40-50 years old already! It was planted when the previous owners built the house in the 1970s, and was originally one of 3 but I culled it back to one.

      The cucumber trellis is the best way I've come across to grow cucumbers. Its a roughly 45 degree trellis, so the plants can still sprawl but the fruits mostly hang through the trellis for easy picking on the high side. Works a treat.

      Enjoy your summer gardening too :)

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  3. Hi Bek, love seeing your garden. I have a Huonville Crab too, with two little babies on it this year (it's been in the ground two winters) and was wondering when I can pick one. I'm in Central Vic though and the growing season starts later here than in Melbourne. Im so curious about what they taste like given Ive read you can eat them as well as cook. Also, our tomatoes only started ripening about a week ago here. Im guessing it's fluctuating temperatures which are the culprit? Cheers, Emily

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    1. Hi Emily. I pick them generally around March. Whenever they come off the tree easily by pulling the fruit. They don't store well, so I'd eat them quick - not a problem with two :)
      Yes, tomatoes have been very late this year. I'm only getting bigger toms and beefsteaks ripening the last week or so, until now its been only the cherry tomatoes ripening.

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  4. I realised yesterday that it had been a while since I checked out your blog and sure enough found that you'd made a new post! :D It's so lovely to see your garden progress again.

    I know what you mean about not having enough time for blogging. My blog is in dire need of updating. I'm glad that I can 'back date' posts as it'll help me keep a reference of what was happening when in my garden.

    I'm not a fan of Instagram (I suppose I'm a bit over having to sign up for so many different social media accounts in order to keep in contact with people and share my photos) but if I get to see your garden and produce more frequently then I might bookmark your profile, even if I can't make comments.

    How are your pear trees going?

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    1. Cheers! Pear trees are going well, a bit small but they should get bigger before picking time around March. There are a few on the durondeau pictured, but more on the buerre hardy espalier.

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    2. Any chance of a post a bit later updating on your impressive apple tree orchard? I noticed some in the background that suggests you're possibly going to drown in apples later ;)

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    3. Lol. I'm not drowning in apples yet. I'll see what I can do :)

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  5. I'm loving my blackberries, too! Do you prune them back hard after flowering? This is only the second year for mine and I'm wondering how I should manage them.

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    1. I usually leave them until completely finished fruiting, then I prune out all old stems at the base (like I do for raspberries) and tie up the new growth onto the trellis. I was told not to prune the new growth at all to improve fruiting (there was a good reason why, I just can't remember what it was. Something to do with changing the plant hormones if you prune...)

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  6. Hi Bek, great to see your post. You might like to hear that you inspired me to convert 3 of my 6 garden beds to wicking, with great results. I found a good video of Sophie making some on iview Gardening Australia. Then I found excellent videos from VEG in Brunswick, I ended up buying some food grade liner from them, they are so generous with info and resources. I'm going to convert the other 3 in the next couple of weeks. Its quite an expensive and hard yakka process-shovelling all that scoria! But the results have been great! So thanks for the inspiration. We have talked about avocados on this forum in the past, my 3 in Williamstown have set lots of fruit again this year, about 100! So here's hoping the harvest is good. Keep up the good work documenting your garden, it's much appre iated. Eliza

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    1. Cheers Clauskia!! Great to hear your avocadoes are doing well. I have two in wicking buckets and they flowered and set fruit for the first time this year, but sadly the fruit dropped. Fingers crossed for next year!

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