I know this looks silly but I only caught this question by accident as it
was threaded to some stuff of 5 months ago, so I have brought it up to date
as a new thread. Maybe OE is having another hissy fit... anyway, Fran asked
Yes weeks ago, I have small fruit on some.
Without getting too personal you must be on a mountain somewhere. I was up
at Sodwalls (near Lithgow) yesterday and they are just planting tomatoes
now. Last summer we lit the log fire there while the rest of Oz was at the
beach. You can keep it.
but I put in a
They were very popular in the 50s and 60s. Spread by Yates I think.
We have had a great spring too. Up to the eyeballs in clover, stock all
fat. Flowers are bright, summer veges coming on well.
Well our girls are doing well. Now I am looking for a rooster, I could get
a Heinz (57 varieties) for nothing as surplus cockerels are not always
eaten. But I would rather have an australorp that is not too pricey. I may
have to get a bantam hen too as none of them look at all interested in
sitting on eggs.
I must go as SWAMBO has just announced that the neighbour's weaners are in
after the aforementioned clover so Leila and Flynn must earn their keep.
Wait a minute. November 2 "Down Under" is like April 2 to the Northern
hemisphere, and your tomatoes are setting fruit already? I can plant in
May, but nothing happens until the ground warms up in June. You really
have green tomatoes?!
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in
Yes, most have fruit and much blossom now, the early ones have good sized
fruit. They are still green but I expect some to be ripe by Xmas unless La
Nina camps right on the door step and we have no sun for a month. They will
produce well until the end of March (unless the Girl brings mildew) and then
slow a little until they finish in May. Fran is rather cagey about exactly
where she is but I think she is further poleward, further inland and higher
than I am, all of which shorten the growing season.
Similarly all the citrus were a riot of blossom in September, now they are
covered in fruit. I picked all the early apricots last week. [Yes! I beat
the possum this year!] They were absolutely yummy, several nights we had
them for dessert au naturel and there were enough for jam. The summer
squash are flowering well and have small fruit, there may even be some ready
to cut, I haven't been out today due to rain.
Soil temperature is not often a limiting factor for me, once the last
probable frost is past I can plant all the summer annuals and expect them to
grow. If I had an unheated hothouse (I wish) that provided frost protection
and some warmth in mid winter I could probably grow tomatoes all year round.
The winter ones wouldn't do as well as the summer crop but I would get
*something* off season. Given a few more years of global inaction on
climate change I might not need the greenhouse.
A hoop house covered with plastic does give some warmth through the day by
trapping the sun's heat but doesn't give much frost protection as the heat
radiates right back out through the plastic on cold clear nights. Also the
humidity can be high here which leads to fungus risks. So I need something
with adjustable cover and adjustable ventilation. Add to this the fact that
we can get very strong winds here so there is a risk of the whole thing
taking off or ripping apart if it isn't well built. A neighbour had his
whole shed (made of timber and corrugated iron) moved about 40m by wind a
few years ago.
I think a minimalist design using ready at hand materials might not be such
a good idea for me. So I have spent my time and money on other aspects of
the garden and when my ship comes in I will go for a more solid structure.
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