The garden is finally starting to flourish as of the past month, so I’m incredibly excited to bring you this edition of my garden. I do hope that you’re just as excited as I am - and don’t forget, we’ve only just technically hit summer so I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the next quarter!
I’ve tidied up a fair lot, in fact just last weekend I managed to fill an entire rubbish bag full. It’s been fairly windy in Sydney as of late, so I’ve had to use a lot of bamboo sticks to facilitate in protecting certain plants that looked like they were getting completely windswept.
And can you see those rectangular yellow things there? I decided to purchase some yellow bug card traps because there has been a fair lot of whiteflies and gnats around the place. Apparently whiteflies, aphids and gnats are attracted to the yellow colour so they fly towards it and then get stuck onto the sticky glue on both sides of it. It’s been a really effective and organic method because they’re waterproof as well - highly recommended!
And look - my chocolate habenero seed has finally started sprouting relatively strongly. Good news given that I wasn’t managing to do so well with them the previous attempt. I’ve now got quite a range of different small chilli seedlings so I’m really looking forward to December’s weather that ought to help them along a bit more so I can finally grow an actual chilli!
What I’ve planted…
Given the massive range of seeds I planted the previous month, this month was very tame in comparison. The silverbeet seedlings from last month weren’t very successful after I moved them into a larger container. Definitely some transplant shock, so I decided to sow some more seeds this time in a very large container instead of risking transplant shock.
Apart from silverbeet, I also planted earlier on some radish, more sunflower (I can’t get enough!) and plenty of carrots. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve had such bad luck with growing carrots from seeds, so this time I’ve decided to follow the advice from this post a colleague recommended. They say third time’s a charm so here’s hoping?
One of the great perks of visiting my family is their garden and their wondrous succulent varieties. A few weeks ago I decided to haul a whole heap of cute tiny ones and have since replanted them in my own container, hurrah!
What I’ve harvested…
Over November, I harvested a few greens, mainly lettuce varieties for salad and also quite a bit of parsley for parsley pesto (seriously delicious).
As for everything else in the garden, I’m (very) patiently waiting for it all to grow - like these tomatoes that I originally purchased as a seedling from the Gardening Australia Live expo in October:
They’re Beam’s Yellow Pear tomato variety and they’re steadily flourishing all around! This is the first time growing tomatoes of any form so I’m particularly happy that they are forming fruit. Everyone always says how easy tomatoes are to grow and really, it’s true!
What’s on my to do list…
I’m looking forward to attempt to sow some interesting succulent seed varieties that I got off ebay. I’ve never tried succulent seeds before so I’ve no doubt that it will be a very interesting experience. Who knows if they end up germinating at all? Actually, has anyone tried this before? Any tips? :)
Apart from that, I’ll also be planning to sow some of these seeds:
- Holy basil (aka Tulsi)
- Burgandy bush beans
- 'Jack Be Little' pumpkins
And do you remember my avocado seedling I have in my living room? Well I really ought to plant that out this coming month! You can see just below how tall it’s gotten (a bit too tall?) - I’m definitely sure that it’s long overdue to be buried into the soil, but I’ve gotten a bit lazy so December’s the month to do some transplanting!
Other things around the garden…
Remember the mammoth gold pumpkin seeds I originally sowed in October? Well sit tight because there’s finally a female flower about to bloom! Now I just have to wait for some males to bloom soon, because once this female opens up I can start to pollinate it. For those who aren’t sure how to tell which are females, you can distinguish them by their pouch-like thing at the base:
To the right of the pumpkin plant, I have a cucumber plant growing at a slightly faster rate. A whole heap of male flowers have popped up in the last week of November - like this one below:
I love cucumbers so I’m really just ecstatic about how well it’s doing. Actually, yesterday I noticed two female flowers and I hand pollinated them both this morning but more on that in the next gardening update (and hopefully some cucumbers growing)! PS. see a teaser.
Here’s a relative indication of how big the pumpkin and cucumber plants currently are:
Last of all, I put together this perfect IKEA bench/rolling table that I purchased not too longer to use in the garden. It’s the perfect height, size and make. I’ve managed to put most of my gardening equipment on it apart from the very large containers and bag of soil.
It’s been rather useful for potting and general plant care as I no longer have to bend my back down to the ground to inspect for caterpillars. I now haul the container over to the bench top and do it all from there:
I hope you’ve enjoyed the latest edition of my garden! This is one of my favourite series because I have so much fun writing about one of my passions and also seeing the comparison and growth over time.
If you keep a garden too, I’d seriously love to hear about yours and learn how it’s faring so feel free to share! Plus, any tips or suggestions welcome - or if you want to know more, just ask and I’ll do my best to help out :)
And don’t forget - I’m also a part of The Garden Share Collective! So have a peek around the gardens of the rest of the collective members:
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