Autumn in Southern Tasmania is a beautiful time of year. In life before the changes that have and are being implemented here in Australia and my island state Tasmania,( different states within Australia have taken extra caution over others) and around the world, I was really only leaving my home for appointments, grocery shopping and taking my dogs for a walk.
I know I am so fortunate because of where I live and how much space I have.
As we are heading into Winter down under down under, I am ensuring I spend time outside and we have been having the most wonderful days here in Southern Tasmania. Brilliant blue skies, warmth, sunshine, bees and birds, butterflies and numerous other insects all getting prepared for winter. I watch things that make me laugh, and am dancing like no one is watching because no one is. My dogs make me chuckle.
I hope many other people are also taking time to see beauty about their own homes, and if you have them gardens. Or when out walking or wallking your dog.
Of course walking around my garden is so joyful I can finally see yellow petals appearing out of one of the self-seeded sunflowers. I am feeling uplifted that I at least will have one flower if not seeds.
This time last year I was picking eggplants/aubergines and a plethora of lovely ripe heirloom tomatoes. I do have flowers on the eggplants, I am not confident they will develop fruit. My tomatoes on the deck are looking so much better than they had been.
My butternut pumpkin has filled out more and is beginning to change colour to the pale orange/fawn colour. (photos below)
I also have one resonable sized pumpkin (sadly I have forgotten the variety) with two more that have begun to get a bit larger. Perhaps I will be able to harvest them too. (photos above)
My zucchini I really have to laugh. No one I know has ever had so few zucchinis I may get two more if I am lucky for a grand total of four. Neighbours are offering me theirs every time I see them from a social distance.
My broccolini is producing very small heads and I pick them regularly and eat them raw or cooked. I am a bit disappointed with them. I have let some go to seed to see if next year they may be more productive as they have acclimatised to my garden.
I have one capsicum/pepper plant that just keeps on surprising me, it has so many capsicums on it, four are such a good size. Several others are getting larger. I am very happy with this particular plant that came from a punnet of seedlings I purchased from my local hardware garden centre. The two other plants are in a different bed. The large capsicum is in my asparagus bed. Much happier plant.
Seed saving will be happening from these I can tell you, Actually seed saving from all my successes is really important.
Seed saving from your own fruit and vegetables that you have successfully grown in your own garden, means that this seed is now acclimatised to your weather, hours of sun, exposure and soil. Though I know some of my seeds will not be true to the variety that they came from. As long as the result is edible and tasty I will not be complaining.
The above group of photographs show a self seeded bed with a couple of cabbage seedlings, rocket and coriander. In the next bed is cucumber I have one growing you can see this one last photo middle row. Broad beans some with flowers, along with self sown cabbage and an unknown brassica.
I am happy with the seedlings in the post on my deck which have carrots, beetroot, silver beet, and kate. I am finding that there are many self sown seedlings appearing in many other pots. Every time I look I see more funny combinations. I have know idea how many will grow and mature providing me with peas, and broad beans from these pots. No matter how I try I will always have miners lettuce throughout winter. I am not really complaining well yes I am it pops up in every pot. It is perhaps one of the easy winter greens to grow. It just comes back every Autumn and is really nice to eat, even children love it
The photos below are mostly of my plants in pots on the deck. The herbs sage, rosemary, thyme, mint and oregano. Lemons and limes. Lobelia, alyssum, strawberries, onions chives, garlic, chive, carrot seedlings, beetroot seedlings, silver beet and spinach. Amaranth, violas,
I am thankful for a roof over my head,
I am thankful for all the hospital workers Nurses Doctors cleaners administration staff, pathologists, ambulance workers, police, supermarket staff, those landlords who are offering rent reductions, or free rent for a month or more without being made too.
blessinga to you Tazzie
Congratulations on all those wonderful crops. Hopefully, you’ll get enough sun for a while for the small fruit to grow and ripen 🙂
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Thanks Vicki, I ended up Picking the green tomatoes as some wee critter was partaking in them at night. Even with all my netting.. I do not mind sharing I was just worried that they might invite their friends, as I imagine they have no concept of social distancing and not having more than 10 people in a gathering and that all food business are only doing take away not dine in. I am extremely fortunate Vicki. How are You?
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What lovely photos, your garden looks beautiful, so full of colour and food. I am in complete agreement with you about seed saving, it’s such a good thing to do and helps to keep local / heirloom varieties alive and kicking. We’ve reached a point where we will probably never buy squash seeds again and actually I love the fact that you don’t really know what you’re going to get! I’m sure that your garden, amazing landscape and beloved dogs are bringing great comfort and lifting your spirits in these difficult and uncertain times. Hoping that you stay safe and well and the sunshine continues to do the business! 🙂
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Thank you totally agree about spirits being lifted for our mainland we are getting a period of intense rain, four days I am happy about it as full rain tanks always important. For the mainland though many of the areas that will be getting this rain have been in drought for too many years. we are all inside listening to the rain on metal roof dogs sleeping, me on here. May your garden be filled with birdsong, bees sunshine and rain, may your family suffer no harm from the coroan Virus. So much sadness in Spain.
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