I love working in my garden. I envisioned what it can be and set out getting it there. My muscles may be sore at the end of the day, but I am definitely not tired! Its a feeling of accomplishment. Especially when the garden stops looking like a lawn with mere native hedges planted around it.

Have you ever had corn in a cup? I have almost never seen one in NZ. I like my corns in a cup, then I can touch other things without making a sticky mess and have corn at the same time.

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I planted the Lemon Meyer out in the heat trap corner, and took the Lemon Yen Ben out in a pot instead. I bought the Yen Ben when it was about 120cm high, but it ran into some mite trouble and suffered, badly. So, I gave it a drastic prune back and pot it up, indoors, protected from the elements. The fruit from this plant is acidic enough to be used for preservation unlike Meyer.

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Perennial peppers! I have never had a good size plant before as I have always planted them outdoors in the open. And there’s always something interesting to try with them. Like, over-winter them indoors. The plan is to cut them down to 3 buds, and keep them at about 2 leaf or so through winter. Might get a head start for the season. A bit like an induced hibernation.

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Save seeds for tomatoes. The 2 big red ones are the wild tomatoes for rootstock. From this year’s harvest, I find out my preference is for medium-small to cherry tomatoes. Ping pong ball size is just perfect! Though, the big yellow one is Dagma’s Perfection, a Koanga heirloom variety, so I will be keeping that on as well. There’s also the Oaxacan Jewel and Black Cherry which I will also be growing next season.

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I was dealing to the aphids on my brussels sprouts and roses with neem oil when I come upon this. I have never seen a praying mantis in nature before! And to see one in my garden totally made my day! But praying mantis vs aphids? Its a bit of an overkill really.

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If you like sunflowers. This is the most cutest ever. The fluffy thing. Sure glad I took a picture of it this morning, its pouring down right now. The dry spell has finally been broken. Just in time, I have mulched all the newly planted trees in the forest garden. The rain will give the soil a good drink, germinate some dormant seeds, which I will kill off before I put the rotary hoe through and then sow a low growing blend of wildflowers.

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Chili! In Chinese, we call this pointing sky chili. Its really hot. I finally have some to add to my home cooking.

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Caesar is back! He is always around. He is not allowed to be out around the garden unsupervised lately because he figured out a way to escape, and roam the lands beyond…

 

 

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