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Fruit & Veg
Pulled the last of the Tomato plants out the other day, time to make some Green Tomato Chutney with the final harvest.
Stripped the Apple Tree yesterday as the Possums were starting to take a little too much interest in the Fruit.
Put in some new HorseRadish plants which should be ready in a few years. ;)
Shallots are in and shooting, Garlic standing by awaiting more compost in their bed.
Potatos are also waiting to go in as soon as I spread some compost on their bed as well.
Haven't decided what other winter crop to grow as yet as water is such an issue here with the drought.
Flowers et al
The Naked Ladies have done their dash (no, these ones [en.wikipedia.org]) and are sending out their leaves for replenishment.
Nerines are almost all done bar a few late flowering varieties, as are the Lycoris.
The "smelly" plants are on their way, Arums, Amophophallus etc., as are the Paint Brush Lilies (Haemanthus) while the Blood Lillies (Scadoxus) have all retreated for the winter.
The spring bulbs (Daffs and Jonquils) are already poking their noses out, somewhat early this year, funny weather we are having, and the Irises are all putting on weight ready for a good show later in the year.
Plus a plethora of Crinum and Amarygia seedlings are coming along very nicely.
The succulent bed is doing well, kinda. One groundcover succulent decided to do just that, cover ALL the ground and had to be severley restrained as the other plants were complaining (albeit quietly).
So, what doth in your Garden Grow?
And what does this all have to do with technology? I'm still seeking a database application [webmasterworld.com] to help keep track of all this. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.
But this weekend with luck flowers for the deck and cherry tomatoes , and cucumbers . just have to hope late snow did not kill off the asparagus bed
joys of the midwest
But I'm growing lettuces inside - never realized how easy that would be. And it's great to have fresh lettuce all the time and never have to worry about a store-bought head going rotten in three days.
I might do some Guerilla Gardening though for tubers, onions. I tried Guerilla Gardening some tomatoes last year when I ran out of space at my house but somebody found the plant and reaped my sew.
Is that where you find some unused space in the middle of the city and plant flowers or veggies?
Yep. We have a lot of community parks in my city but you practically have to sleep with somebody to get a plot. I had bought a bunch of tomatoes but I only had so much dirt in my tiny backyard . . . so I planted a bunch in on the hill behind the grocery store. They grew because it got full sun but somebody picked the fruit. Cool with me if they take some but I wish they would have left one or two. Maybe they were rats though. ;)
I agree that fresh mint is great, but if you do plant it, plant it in a pot, otherwise you might end up with an entire garden full of the stuff
what doth in your Garden Grow?
Mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, and a lot of other unidentified plants!
Garlic standing by awaiting more compost in their bed
How do you grow garlic? I hear a lot of people talking about 'wild' garlic. How do grow that and what's the difference? I think you can eat the leaves?
I will get some small tomato plants to put outside but I reckoned it was still a bit early for that, despite the recent heat wave?
How do you grow garlic?
It's kind of like growing tulips. Stuff some big cloves in the ground before first frost and wait a year.
I think you're supposed to crack the individual cloves before you plant but you might want to Google-check me on that.
I used to pick wild garlic out of my backyard. Not sure how it got there. When I was kid, there used to be garlic growing in our compost pile just because someone tossed it out there.
Once the 'cool' variety plants are pulled, I'll be adding squash.
We also get Quackers and Quackette each Spring... [flickr.com...]
Bingo! Buy some Garlic Bulbs, either from the supermarket or a specialised grower, crack them into individual cloves and simply plant them in well composted/manured ground, about an inch deep and pointy end up. Water well, and keep the weeds under control.
Harvest when the leaves start to wither and turn yellow and store in a dry cool place until needed. If you want to go all the way you can plat the plants after they have dried off and hang them up.
Choose and keep your best bulb/s for replanting next year and that will be the last time you ever buy garlic. You could also branch out into different varieties of garlic for different tastes, or even try Elephant Garlic which is actually a bunching onion. This proceedure also works for shallots and bunching leeks. Most Onions and Leeks can only be grown from seeds.