It is once again time to link to Lizzie for our monthly catchup at strayed from the table.
I planted my purple asparagus seeds and most of them came up, so now I just have to move them into bigger pots. I think they need to be more sturdy before I plant them into the ground. I have started some shrubs for my stepson and once I move them down to his garden I can re-use my pots for that purpose. I also started some rosella as I want to plant them along the back fence. You can just see a few ferny fronds behind the rosella.
Our rainy season has started, so hopefully I get a few dry patches to work out there sometime soon.
A few cherry tomatoes are left, but as soon as the rains really set in, they stop bearing fruit. We get a couple of paw paws a week which is just perfect. I am picking a few stalks of asparagus, capsicum, and long green beans. Other than that there are the perrenial herbs. This is the time of year that the garden has a bit of a rest. It is good, because this is the time when I really prefer to stay indoors and make some christmas crafts, baking and cooking. I seem to have a perrenial capsicum plant - so pleased about that as I have always had trouble growing capsicum before. I cannot believe how crunchy they are, and the green ones have none of the bitterness of the store bought ones.
Completed from last months to do list
I grafted a branch of meyer lemon onto my patio lime tree but it doesnt seem to have taken. I tried two bud grafts, one onto the kaffir lime and one onto the patio lime. They both still look green so I have more hope for those than I do for the branch.
I did make my in ground worm bins, which are doing well, and dont seem to suffer too much with the rains. They seem to have been up in the top layer in this one, although when I open it up the worms are always further down.
the other things left over from last months to do list that have not been completed are:
collect seaweed and spread on the asparagus bed
Plant green manure, or cover bare areas with cardboard to stop weeds.
Figure out an edging solution for my veggie beds.
I would like to wish everyone linked to the Garden Share collective a very Happy Christmas!
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