It rained. And it wasn’t enough.

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About 4.5mm of rain has fallen yesterday. And that was the accumulation for this week. Grass needs 25mm of rain a week. Its not enough. More rain please. This week we have a high of 32.5dC and a low of 8.3dC. All this hot weather means plenty of gusty wind, and some of the younger trees have started to lean. The Tree Lucerne on the North fence are pretty much growing sideways.

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The heat though, is causing a boom in the pumpkin patch.

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More watermelon flowers.

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Pumpkin flowers, these are the guys.

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And I think this is a lady.

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Fruit set.

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And a different variety.

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Captivating patterns looking down the corn stalk.

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This is the Painted Mountain corn.

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Spring onions flowering.

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Delicious strawberries. These are the second flush now, previously I trimmed off all the flowers to give the plants a bit of a rest. And all the runners have been cut off.

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Last chance to spray those grapes.

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This lateral wasn’t there last week. The tomato plants got a big hair cut this week. I was in the greenhouse removing all the lower leaves as well as the leaf immediately below each truss. Don’t think I have an Indigo Rose this season, seed saving gone wrong, turned out to be a Super Snow White.

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The Alder fence is looking good. They will be duck ready by next season.

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Gladioli in their second season. They came up through the berm! Pretty much means that they pushed though a foot deep of soil!

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Chicory flower up close.

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Cherimoya is coming along nicely.

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Tamarillos have grown.

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Paw Paws showing just as much growth.

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Bananas in pyjamas.

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It’s really dry out here. The oscillating sprinkler I have retrofitted among the raised vege beds takes an hour to put out 1 inch of rain while the impulse sprinkler in the greater food forest takes 4 hours to put out 1 inch of rain. I turn them on once a week during this dry period to really give the ground a good soak in.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. After the rain.

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