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What's Happening in the Garden, January 2020

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Hello Dear Reader,

Today I am going to take you on a little wander around our garden. I mentioned a while ago that because of lack of rain and the incredible heat that we don't plant anything except a couple of pumpkin vines during summer in our raised garden beds. Well, guess what? We have had incredible heat and humidity but we have also had some incredible rain, which is just such a blessing. In hindsight we could have planted out lots of summer crops and they probably would have thrived, but hey ho, it's no good thinking what could have been is it?

The garden soil is rich and really moist, the mulch on top is quite sodden, the pumpkin vines are huge and growing prolifically with lots of pumpkins getting bigger everyday, our citrus trees out the front are looking really green and healthy. There are still some leeks and spring onions which I will probably remove this weekend before they are totally consumed by the pumpkin vines but I will leave the oregano, thyme and pizza thyme as they are still looking okay, they are naturally reaching for sunlight through the massive leaves of the pumpkin.

The other citrus trees out the back have heaps of fruit on so it looks like we'll have a bumper crop of lemons and limes this year, I think this is the healthiest I've ever seen them, we keep thinking that their roots have finally found the fish frames that we planted underneath them. I am trying to keep on top of leaf curl by spraying with this homemade white oil so the overall look of these citrus trees is quite good.

One thing I am struggling with is a bug on our Moreton Bay Fig Trees, I finally found out what this invasive bug is, it is called Cuban Laurel Thrips and they are driving me nuts. No matter how many new leaves I remove or how much I spray, every morning there is a new batch of them. I half joked to Lovely Hubby that maybe I should contact Bio-Security Australia to see if this menace of a bug is on their list of pests. Well, I just checked and the Cuban Laurel Thrip is not on their top 40, but I really think they should be. They choose new soft growth, suck all the goodness out so that the leaves curl in half, then they have a perfect little cocoon to lay they eggs in and so the cycle goes. If anyone reading has encountered this bug, let me know how you got rid of them.

What is growing in your garden at the moment?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-Jack Monroe's Slow Cooker Bread and My Slow Cooker Fruit and Spice Loaf
Two Years Ago-Coconut Caramel Chicken
Three Years Ago-Prawn and Mango Rice Paper Rolls
Four Years Ago-My Mums Pickling Vinegar


  1. All the work you put in remodelling your garden is paying off Fiona - it looks good. It makes me smile when the little woofs are in shot - I love the way their tails wave like plumes.
    In our garden we have leeks, kale, parsnips and herbs at the moment and the winter flowering shrubs and flowers are brightening the days. We have winter flowering cherry, honeysuckle, witch hazel, hellebores, snowdrops and snowflakes ( like a really big snowdrop) and the next bulbs to flower like crocus, daffodils etc are pushing through.

    1. Hi Penny,
      You have a lovely abundant garden, you too must have put a lot of work into your soil. I know most of the those flowers but I haven't ever seen witch hazel, I must look it up.

  2. Hi Fiona,

    your garden looks great. The work that you and hubby have done has definitely been worth it. Improving the soil does take time and patience. The pumpkin vines and your citrus trees are looking lovely and green and hopefully will reward you with abundant crops.

    Gardening can be hit and miss and a crystal ball would come in handy. If only we could know ahead of time if there will be
    enough rain during summer.

    At the moment we are picking and eating spring onions, cucumbers, lettuces, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. I try to pick the vegies just before I'm going to use them and I love not having to buy them when we do the shopping. The price of some fruit and vegies has increased over the last few weeks here in Adelaide.

    I have a garden diary that I use to keep track of what we plant in the garden and when we plant it. I record the variety planted and then note whether the plant was productive, affected by insects or rust, mouldy mildew, viruses or other conditions. Most importantly I record whether the crops were tasty because there is no point in a huge crop of tasteless tomatoes. I find that the information in my diary is really useful for planning what is planted in subsequent years.

    I have found that gardening can be hard work and frustrating. The satisfaction of starting off with a little seed and ending up with something delicious to eat is hard to beat.

    Cheers, Maria xx.

    1. Hi Maria,
      I'm yet to find my groove as far as the garden is concerned, a diary would probably help me so much, reminding me of what was planted where and so on. Thanks for the idea. I spent yesterday afternoon cutting off pumpkin leaves that were infested with a little green caterpillar, and today I will spray all the remaining leaves with a soapy solution to stop these little pests from destroying what is left. You are so right gardening is equal parts frustration and elation.