Gardening in November is Rad
This is a long post, but I hope you will forgive me. I am relatively new to gardening, and so this November has been the most exciting month for me! Everything is in bloom, and although our harsh sun has seen a lot of my plants damaged, there is a lot to look forward to.
So I’ve excitedly photographed a collection of my fruiting plants as they have popped up. I love them a lot and I really can’t wait to have many more. I admit, however, that many of my attempts at growing from seed has not worked for me. Mostly due to poor soil and unexpectedly hot days. But I’m attempting a few more again, now that the weather is more stable.
First up is the only tomato bush working for me. Tomatoes turned out to be incredibly difficult to get sprouting! I will see whether my current batch grows any more, and then will do a tutorial specifically on tomato growing.
I have lost many of the cucumber plants to rust or white patches, which then kills them. We also don’t have bees in my area, so they haven’t been able to be fertilised/pollinated.
The Brahmi is doing exceptionally well since I moved her outside and into a fish tank. The humidity of the tank and overhead protection has seen this tiny creature explode into a flowering beast.
The Sunflowers have beautiful thick stalks and are doing well in the full sun. There are at least three different types in this small space, but the soil is well fertilised and they are growing healthy and fast.
My Sweet Corn in pots has resulted in 2 corn stalks surviving. I had planted four. The biggest one is not growing this thing in the centre. I believe it will be a tassel.
Fruit trees are amazing. A tall and beautiful tree that sits in a pot with beautiful leaves and then provides beautiful flowers and free food. I can’t wait until I can plant them into the ground and see them flourish. But they seem to be doing well in pots.
This Blueberry tree is doing well. I thought it would not grow, being a cold weather fruit, but we purchased it on special and couldn’t resist. Thankfully we bought it, as fresh blueberries have been beautiful and sweeter than any store-bought ones.
This is a ground-cover shrub, that branches outwards. It’s a native Aussie plant called a Midyim Tree and it provides fruit, too! There are tiny white flowers that burst into small white fruits covered in purple specks. It is ever-green and is commonly referred to as the Bush Tucker Tree.
The Kaffir Lime tree is still small and close to the ground, but seems to be doing well. Those little nobbins there appear to be the beginning of limes! So I will keep an eye on them and hopefully I would obtain some lime! Even the leaves are a valuable food source.
The Banana Tree has not been looking too healthy, with broken leaves and brown spots. I have moved her onto the porch so there will be shade in the afternoon. Hopefully this will help, as it had full sun previously!!
Those small white heads may or may not flower. My understanding of this tree is that it fruits in the Winter, so who knows! This is a Native Lime that is related to the Finger Lime. This lime should be orange and soft, and as the skin/pith isn’t sour, you can eat the whole thing! This is another bush tucker bush, covered in spikes.
The hydro isn’t going the best. I think there may be a clog in the system from all of the algea – there have been a lot of empty spaces while the herbs grew. I grew parsley, strawbs,and a few others, but they’ve all seemed to die. I will check it out on the weekend, in case it needs maintenance.
The Peppermint was doing TOO well. Which is actually an issue and I had to throw it out (after eating). Unless peppermint is in a garden (ie not in a hydro or pot) it seems to strangle itself. Eventually the roots grow around the circumference of the containers, and slowly strangle the plant.