Volunteers!

No, not help around the garden but volunteer plants! I saw this covered by Jerry Coleby-Williams on Gardening Australia earlier this year and now have my own happening.

A few months back, I planted a dwarf nectarine (shown by arrow) and used some home made compost as part of the mulch:

Volunteer Plants

Volunteer Plants

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Peach Tree Problems

I’m getting problems with the tips of the Peach tree again. The new shoots are dieing and there is sap oozing from the tree as it tries to protect itself.

Split shoots with eggs

I lost all the fruit on this tree earlier this year and I put that down to Fruit Fly at the time. Now with this problem and looking into it some more, that may not be the case and I have another bad bug in the garden!

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Figs!

The figs are starting to ripen and have been free from the Fluit Fly due to the exclusion bag.

Fig Tree in Exclusion Bag

Fig Tree in Exclusion Bag

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Fruit Fly Baits

I’m continuing with my battle against the fruit fly. These are the latest additions to the arsenal – some DIY bait traps:

Baits ready to go

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Orchard preparations begin…

This is going to be one long job! Decided to start clearing some of the gravel today after the sun had moved off this area of the garden. The below are the achievements of about 30 mins of shovelling!

It's a start

It's a start

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Better late than never – Tomatoes

I was very late with my Tomatoes this year and found my seeds were ruined (more on that separately). I’ve bought some plants from the nursery but have also inherited some Tomato plants around the garden from compost!

Some of these plants are struggling with the heat but others are doing well. This one is growing near a Nectarine tree along with either a Pumpkin or Zucchini.

Tomato flowers

Tomato flowers

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Finally, I might get some Capsicum

One of the failures in the previous years due to the Fruit Fly has been my Capsicum.

Whilst I’m baiting around the garden, I’ve also taken to using exclusion bags to try and save my plants. I bought the exclusion bag sampler set from Green Harvest and so far, I look to be getting some positive results:

Exclusion bag on Capsicum plant

Exclusion bag on Capsicum plant

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