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Category: Fruit

Quick Pic

The apples are coming along finely with the Cox’s Orange Pippins just about finished, we will be moving on to these Fuji and Golden Delicious Delicious apples. The espalier is pretty imperfect with a bit of summer growth and some gravity challenges due to fruit, and is pretty much impossible to take a good photo of, due to the green background. This aside, here is a pic taken a couple of weeks ago, just before the net went on.

Espalier apples in Tasmania

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Berry Christmas

Not a typo, just extremely punny. Just harvested these beauties from the yard…YUM!

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Strawberry Fields Forever

A fitting post title being that I dreamt last night that I was casually sipping gin with Paul McCartney. You can have that insight in to my subconscious psyche for free, although, I will be honest, I will accept donations.

This is the 1st bowl of strawberries that we have been able to pick for the season, which have not been chewed on by every other creature in the garden, including the world’s sneakiest blue tongue.

The early summer harvests are starting to be harvested and dictate what is on our plates for dinner, and, I don’t mind at all. Tonight, Greek style zucchini fritters, broadbean pesto and green salad, all from the garden, padded out with some local bread and produce.

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Beat The Birds

Anyone who knows me knows that I love birds, mostly because they fly over your fence (an in joke from a public speaking course that I once did, needless to say, a piece of me died that night and never grew back). What I love more than birds is the literal fruits of my labour, which birds happen to also love, more than me. Being that we have clearly established that they have the superhuman, almost bird like ability to fly over fences, measures need to be taken.

Those who has seen a cherry orchard know that they are covered with nets. Birds love Cherries. The unseasonal November heat wave seems to have blushed the cherries early this year. I suspect, part of a bird’s success is they are happy to take a few bites out of a  partially ripe fruit, and leave the rest to rot. Being almost a real human being, I also succeed competing within the food chain, quite well in fact (I like to eat) therefore, this morning, instead of my morning cuppa, I was putting up the below primitive but timeless bird keeper outerer. Again, anyone who knows me would know that 4 x 4 metres of twisted net would normally be a trigger for a fit of rage. I can tell you that I calmly and skillfully got that net up in 25 mins, maybe I really am a backyard farmer?

Speaking of stuff, we have two lots of thornless blackberries on our humble suburban block, one covering a tree stump and the other, pictured below. Normally an afterthought, they typically produce a token amount of berries which need to be picked at the right time to ensure ripeness. I think age and care is a factor in their production as this year, they are laden with flowers and should produce plenty of fruit in February, after the bulk of the summer berries have already been enjoyed.

Lastly in a series of unrelated paragraphs, pictured below is another cute cacti which I picked up a couple of years ago. Love the little bright orange flowers which it produces each year.

Cherry Espellier netted

Thornless Blackberry

Thornless Blackberry

Cactus Flower Rebuia Species

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Missin’ Your Strawberry Kisses

Even to this day, recalling the song which inspired this post title still makes me want to regurgitate my very recent, and quite delicious meal. I’m not sure why I am going ahead with it.

Today I prepared my first batch of strawberry wine. The result of a new hobby born after being a teetotaller for 12 odd years. Drinking is a great hobby, but, the desire to be as close as possible to my food sources, and have a clear understanding of the ingredients (alcohol seems to be exempt from labeling requirements) has led me to the art of fruit winemaking.

What better way to preserve this year’s excess tamarillos, rhubarb and a lucky score of feijoas? Not to mention my plans for all the summer fruits that will be soon in season.

Tomorrow, while sheltering from the midday heat,  my 1st batch of mead will be prepared. Perhaps the oldest and simplest of alcoholic beverages, in its most basic form, can be created with just honey, water and yeast. Being a huge honey consumer, and having access to the great honey available in Tasmania, it seems like a no brainer.

The strawberry wine reminded me of our own strawberry patch, which seems to be gearing up for a bumper crop this year. The berry in the lead already showing signs of being tampered with by an unwelcome guest prompted the netting to be rolled out and installed.

Speaking of unwelcome guests, the close encounter with a white lipped snake in the yard just the other day was cause for concern. A beautiful creature, they are, like all of Tasmania’s snakes, venomous. For healthy human adults, the effect of the venom is supposedly not too bad, and with the snake being on the shy side, it is our secured on a lead but ever curious and somewhat wannabe hunter of a cat which is of most concern. With luck, the snake, despite being surrounded by its favourite food of skinks, will decide to move on.

Strawberry Farming Hobart

Strawberry farming Hobart

Hard to believe this cutie is a killer… I have, with my very own eyes, seen this cat take down a moth like an assassin

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Passing Seasons

It had been playing on my mind a bit lately that I do not feel as close to the Earth as I did in my younger, more idle and carefree days. Recently, as the the spring blossom makes way for the young fruit, while I scurry to plant seeds and prepare garden beds, I had the epiphany that I am actually closer to the earth than I ever have been.

As a gardener, the Earth, the Sun, and the seasons that they create as they do their cosmic dance in the vastness of the universe (to be fair, the earth seems to be doing most of the dancing) dictate when and how I work the garden and when I plant the crops. It dictates to a large extent, what my family eats and when we eat it.  I wouldn’t dream of buying a zucchini or a cucumber, especially out of season, and, don’t get me started on store tomatoes, although, it seems that eating tomatoes cannot be avoided for a whole 9 months.

Like the Earth’s movements, and its seasons, gardening is repetitive and slow. Being gardeners, we watch and work as the days grow longer and shorter, and we learn and get a little better with each full circle around the sun (I am pretty sure that is how it works… who would have thunk it?). Year by year, we add a little and get a little bit more productive in the yard. With the recent addition of several new fruit trees, mostly cider apples, the yard is starting to seem a little bit small, but, I am hopeful as we settle in further, we will find the balance between productivity and space.

I am sure, all you gardeners out there, whatever you grow, consciously or subconsciously are (happily) slaves to the seasons, waiting for the prime times to plant and  reap whatever rewards that you take from the Earth and its plants.

Anyway… all that was an elaborate and maybe, kinda over the top segway into the following pics, a selection of our fruit trees as they transition from spring into summer.

Apple Blossom Hobart Garden

Espellier Cherries Hobart Backyard Farmer

Apple Espellier

Grow Apricots Tasmania

Grow Cherries in Hobart

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Hobart Lazy Blogger

Yep, that’s me, my apologies yet again, I am a terrible blogger.

It has been an interesting year here in Tasmania, weather wise, with autumn really only just having begun after consistently warm days right up until very recently. The recent rain has been a much welcomed relief from the El Nino conditions that we have been experiencing of late. The struggling weeds now have a new lease of life. It is great to see everything wet. combined with the overcast days, I am reminded of my hometown of Ballarat.

Now that we actually in Autumn, there is lots that can be done in the garden, in fact, it is personally my favourite time of the year in the garden. We are picking carrots and chinese greens (Tatsoi and Pak Choi) that were planted in February. Along with the spring onions which seem to be a perpetual staple in the garden, they make for great stir fry ingredients. Interestingly, I have tried to grow Tatsoi in late winter, only to have it go straight to seed. A mid to late February planting seems to have worked most consistently for me.

By the end of May, I will hope to have my broad beans and peas/snow peas in, and then garlic will be planted in June. It is however, that same old story about which beds to tie up while considering future spring planting. I obviously need more beds.

Just because I have pics with me, the Tamarillos are going strong, perhaps with more fruit than what we can eat… We will give it a good go though.

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Big Melons in Tasmania

How is that for click bait? I am sure you are sorely disappointed, unless you are a gardener in Tasmania and you are getting excited about the prospect of one day being able to post pics online of your own large, sweet, juicy melons… is this the quasi filth that you have signed up for?

The post is really a bit of an update on the hydroponic setup, in particular, the melons which seem to be doing especially well. The variety is “cool times”. These are the melons with which previously I have had the most success, but I never saw the sort of vine growth that I am seeing this year in the hydroponics setup. The fruit are also trending towards being much larger than previous grown.

I am also trialling a few veggies that I have intermittently tried to grow in the ground without much luck, including capsicum and eggplant. Chillies are making another showing, with last years Jalapenos re-shooting for another year. I believe this is not uncommon on the mainland or if brought indoors, but down here, outside, chillies are normally an annual.  Another chilli variety is also being trialled,  I can’t recall the name but I believe it rated the world’s hottest one year in some sort of competition.

Alarmingly, the cucumbers are already starting to show signs of powdery mildew. This seems early, and hopefully will not affect the melons. We did get our 1st cucumbers of the vine though, and, they were perfectly delicious.

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Grow Melons on Hobart Tasmania 1

Grow Melons on Hobart Tasmania 1

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Christmas Cherries

It is a Tasmanian tradition to have fresh cherries on the table for Christmas. They don’t get any fresher than staight off the tree.

Now that I have finished boasting, Merry Christmas to all.

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Raspberry Time

I am starting to notice the the negatives of the seasonal nature of the garden, as that kinda makes the blog seasonal. The problem with this is, you guys may get sick of the same boring posts (and pics of raspberries) year after year.

On the flipside of my soon to be heavily repeated content, the fact that I am celebrating the coming of the raspberries on the blog once more means that the blog is now just over a year old. Happy Birthday! Thanks to all that have signed up over the last few months to recieve your sporadic, but hopefully, mildly entertaining updates via email… I hope that I can continue to entertain, inspire and create unwarranted jealousy in to the future.

Grow raspberries in hobart

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Spring Has Most Definitely Sprung

I should start by informing you that I am not the backyard farmer, I am writing as ‘a guest’.  After listening to the Backyard Farmer stating his before mentioned laziness at blogging, I went about taking some photos of our backyard welcoming in Spring.  Mostly with the intention of encouraging a blog post, I was however promptly reminded that this blog is in fact Hobart Backyard Farmer….not Farmers.  After some nagging/encouragement, I have been invited to add this Spring post.  To be truthful, I just think blossom popping up to signal in a new season is so magical & we have been blessed with some perfect sunny days, I just felt the need to share it.  That said, this is primarily a post about what is happening in the garden at the moment. Aside from some pretty blossom, there is much to do!

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Fruit trees are blossoming & we are enjoying the last of the Winter tamarillos, their tough skin allows them to hang around & enjoy the sun without being bothered by birds.   I know they have been blogged about before & they are a favourite in this home, quick growing & yummy.

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Garlic,  so we have no hassles from vampires this summer.

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Raspberries…..everyones favourite, most don’t even make it inside the house.

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Rhubarb, recently blogged & now being consumed, this literally comes from nowhere & before you know it, ready to harvest.

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Most importantly bees!  A welcome sight in the Spring garden, we have many herbs & flowers scattered about the garden to attract these little fellas & the garden is happily buzzing.

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Last of the Winter vegies to be taken out, ready for new crops & planning.

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We are pretty excited to see the greengage & goldengage flowering at the same time.  We invested in both, out of a love of good old greengages, as we were advised they need each other for good pollination.   Fair enough, but last year they blossomed at different times.  Maybe the recent extra warm days following an especially cool Winter have encouraged a well timed joint effort this year…..I really wouldn’t know, it’s all trial & error, but looks promising.

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The humble Marigold (calendula officinalis).  We have this randomly around the vegie garden, considered helpful to repel garden pests, plus its bright yellow & orange flowers attract some wanted garden visitors.

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A pretty bonus from having pea straw garden beds.

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Last but not least the strawberry patch.  Truly.  Hoping it’s not too late to rescue this season?  This has suffered from our not wanting to garden when it was still cold (slackness).  It is a classic example of how having a food garden is hard work & there is always something to do.  To anyone contemplating having a go, just do it!  Give it a try, whether it be big or small, it is so worth it, the taste is so much better.   Absolutely no waste, pick what you need, couldn’t be fresher & if there is any surplus, you will not be short of happy receivers.  Rewarding in many ways, Hobart Backyard Farmer has achieved so much in a suburban backyard in a few years,  his efforts are much appreciated.  Happy gardening 🙂

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Grow Sub Tropical in Tasmania – Coffee

This time it is coffee. I have had this plant for maybe 3 years. Last year it flowered for the 1st time, delicate white flowers with a pleasant aroma which I cannot recall. It began to set green oval fruit, which have stayed that way over winter, and, only in the last week or so, have begun to flush red.

I grow it indoors by a window, year round. While flowering, I placed it outside during the day to assist in pollination, but, to be honest, I don’t know how it is pollinated, but, being outside is sure to help with insect or wind pollination. Maybe I should just google it. I would like to try growing coffee in the glass house, but have yet been able to successfully strike a cutting to be my guinea pig…maybe this year will be my year.

I am also not sure if it will flower again this year, but, even if it does, at the current rate of production, I might be able to experience a cup of coffee from my own tree in, I don’t know… 8-10 years? Just doing my bit for the slow food movement.

If you are interested, here are another couple of posts where I have experimented with growing sub tropical foods in Tassie:

http://www.hobartbackyardfarmer.net/tropical_fruit_experiments/

http://www.hobartbackyardfarmer.net/tropical-tasmania-melons/

http://www.hobartbackyardfarmer.net/mid-winter-tropical-fruit/

http://www.hobartbackyardfarmer.net/ginger-in-tasmania/

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Mid Winter Tropical Fruit

Admittedly, I am not 100% sure that these can be considered a tropical fruit, but they do have a tropical feel to them. I am talking about Tamarillos, a delicious fruit blending sweetness, bitterness and tartness into one unforgettable little package.

They ripen from gorgeous perfumed flowers, through to green, then purplish,  finally finishing on a classic red fruit. If left on the tree, later in the season, they seem to lose some of the bitterness, but personally, I much prefer them earlier in the season, with the full contrasting  palette of flavours. We have been picking these sporadically for maybe a month now, into mid winter. I expect to be intermittently harvesting for another 1-2 months.

From my experience, the trees bear fruit from the second season (from seedling), and seem to crop heavily from the third. I cannot complain about any pests to the fruit, which can be left to ripen on the tree for months unharmed, but I do believe I have given the odd spray of pyrethrum  to sort some aphids out on younger leaves… nothing major though.

Climate wise, Hobart can get pretty cold in the winter. Trees and fruit handle this well, but younger plants can suffer a bit from the frost, but tend to fight back with vigor come spring. One of the pics below shows the result of frost on our younger, smaller tree. I do not expect this to have any long term detrimental effect. The only heat related problem that I have seen was on a very young plant, on the hottest day on record for Hobart, a couple of years ago. Again, the plant bounced back. They do not seem to be overly thirsty, and I rarely find myself watering due to visible distress.

Propagation is easy from seed, which is plentiful in the fruit. A fast growing plant, you could likely expect a progression of seed to fruit in 2-3 years.

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Frost affected

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A ripe enough fruit

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Not quite at the peak of ripeness… the ripe one I picked was fed to my child while I was not looking 🙂

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Where The Hell Have I Been?

It is true, the website has been pretty static of late, my apologies. Where have I been, mostly, on holidays, yay!

We made our way to Queensland for a week. It was nice to take a break from Hobart’s temperamental Autumn weather, to the 28C  days, and 20ish nights of Southern Queensland. I think I could get used to that. I forget how good a break from the daily grind can be, and after a few days, I was even able to switch of from thinking about work, money and all of those annoying little things, and was able to take some time to just be…. how Zen of me 🙂

I didn’t forget you guys though, so I took some pics and have some things to share with you.

This post, i’ll let you in on a secret little place that we like to go to, located in between the Gold Coast and Byron bay, probably about 40  mins from either. The place that I am talking about is Tropical Fruit World. Sounds like an amazing wonderland, doesn’t it?

The shop at Tropical Fruit World is a must stop location for the fruit lover. They stock a range of delicious tropical fruit that at least, here in Tassie, one can never experience. On this stop, we picked up Custard Apples (our usual Queensland staple), Guava, Yellow Dragon Fruit, Avocado (another staple), Sapote, Star Fruit, Passionfruit, Mango, Paw Paw and a larger relative of the Custard Apple, the name of which I forgot. The shop also stocks tropical fruit plants which really, just serves to frustrate me 🙂

I do recommend the shop, but, as a disclaimer, we have never been on any of the tours etc. on offer and cannot vouch for them. I would suggest that you check out trip adviser or alike to get an idea as to whether that is something for you.

So that you know what you were missing, I’ll describe some of the more uncommon fruits that we picked up this time around.

Firstly, the Custard Apple. In my opinion, a good Custard Apple is hard to beat. The flesh is like its namesake, a custard texture, sweet, mellow and I dont know, fruity I guess. My pathetic vocabulary does not do it justice 🙂

The relative of the Custard Apple (the one cut open in the pics, which was actually the smallest one available) was as delicious as custard apple, and very similar, but perhaps with, a touch more fruity tang.

The Sapote (the coral? coloured fruit), not my favourite tropical fruit, has a taste and texture that is somewhat hard to describe. The texture I guess could be described like a hard Pear which has been stewed, therefore, still a little grainy and firm, without flowing juice. The taste, I don’t know… it reminds me maybe again of stewed Pear, and, reminds me a little of the fruit known as Medlar, which is an interesting fruit in its own right. (I know… worst description ever.)

Star Fruit (I’ll give you 3 guess which one it is in the pic) is a surprising fruit. To look at it with its interesting shape and waxy skin, one might think that it may be all looks with little substance. It is however, a sweet refreshing fruit with a crunchy but juicy enough texture.

The Guava. I can’t really bring myself to try to form the words and sentences required to, let’s face it… poorly and boringly describe it, so maybe… google it 🙂

The yellow Dragon Fruit (the yellow spiky one) was probably my best new find this trip. I spent many years wondering about the taste of regular old red Dragon Fruit, but the prices in southern Australia were such that I was never able to bring myself to purchase one to try. I finally got to try it a few years back, and, I must admit I was disappointed at the taste, which I found to be bland and watery.

I overheard the shop keeper describe the yellow Dragon Fruit as being totally different from the red, so, I had to give it a go. I was not disappointed. The flesh was firm, crunchy (from the seeds), refreshing and suitably sweet. I tool the liberty of collecting some seed, and painstakingly removing the surrounding pulp by soaking the seeds in water overnight, causing the pulp to swell, and then, probably looking like a hamster with a crack problem, rolling the seeds around my mouth, scraping the pulp off with my teeth.

The end result, a dozen or so seeds that I hope to grow. For those who don’t know, Dragon fruit is the fruit of a cactus. Although cacti are often slow growing from seed, years ago I learned the mysterious secrets of cacti grafting which greatly increases growth of cacti seedlings. I may share this information with you as the seeds grow…unfortunately, I will then have to kill you all 😉

Tropical Friut Hobart

Below: A Pawpaw, growing on the side of a street

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Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Free

If you now have a 90’s classic stuck in your head, then, congratulations, you passed the, “I was cool in the 90’s” test, and I have just revealed my approximate age.

This Peach tree was here when we arrived coming on 3 years ago, I would guess that it may have only been there for a year, planted as bare rooted stock. I must admit, I kind of ignored and neglected this particular tree, building beds around it and not being overly fussed as to whether fruited or not, in fact, it has generally suffered from curly leaf each season. This year, it has fruited for the 1st time, and, I am feeling a little guilty for the neglect, as it has provided us with ample amounts of gorgeous juicy fruit.

It is times like this that you realise why, before the times of mass food production and shipping that preserving, canning, jamming and alike ever gained popularity. One can only eat so many peaches at one time, therefore, we have been busy doing the lazy preserve… stewing and freezing. When joined by the seasons stewed Apricots, Tomato Sauces and miscellaneous  frozen vegies, meat and the odd tub of ice cream, the realisation has happened… we need a bigger freezer.

Anyhow, I really just wanted to take the opportunity to post about something other than orchids. Below, some pics after removing the netting, with, the last of the harvest.

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More Tropical in Tasmania – Melons

Another fruit that most Tasmanians would not think to grow locally is melons. My interest in the possibility was first raised while reading the book “Growing Vegetables South of Australia”, a book which I am led to believe is considered the gardening bible for Tasmanian growers. The book is a comprehensive guide to vegetable growing in Tasmania, and a recommended read for those with an interest. Anyway, I then came across this post from the Hobart Kitchen Gardens blog, the business which I have previous mentioned here. This particular blog post providing details of the grower’s own success at growing melons in Hobart. You can see that post here.

My own experience… I have experimented with growing melons for 3 years now, with mixed results. The 1st year was probably the most successful, I started of with a bed covered in black plastic pulled tightly over the soil, with holes cut in for the plants. The technique was followed from the above mentioned book, in order to create warmer soil temperatures for the melon’s root systems.

The variety that I grew was a hybrid called “cool times”, from a local seed seller,  Southern Harvest. The melon was green, similar to a honey dew, with several small fruit from each vine. I would recommend the variety for anyone experimenting in cooler climates such as Tassie.

The next year, I had minimal success, I think partly due to not using the same corrugated iron style, raised garden bed, and not using the black plastic lining.

This year, I experimented with the hydroponic system, with an open pollinated cantaloupe variety. My theory was that the black pots and smaller amount of grow medium would mean that the root systems would be suitable warm.

The results? It looks like I am trending towards 1 small fruit on each vine, one of which we ate tonight. The taste, melt in your mouth juicy… I used the term “delectable” to describe.

I will continue to experiment, and hopefully one day, I will uncover the secret to large harvests. I hope though, that this post gives others the inspiration to experiment with their own home grown melons.

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Tropical Fruit Experiments

When one grows orchids, in order to fully satisfy one’s desires, one finds themselves fighting against nature in order to provide the unique conditions that a plant needs, often creating individual micro climates and environments to meet the needs of the plants. Methods such as shade houses, hot houses, terrariums, automated misting, artificial heating and lighting are all used to adapt the the natural environment to our needs.

I promise you, this is not another post about orchids (it is getting hard to tell though). The above was just my attempt at an intro into what is probably not the most exciting post, but, I guess it does provide some optimism for the possibility of growing some edible plants outside of their normal climates, and therefore, the excitement of harvesting your own tropical fruits and vegies.

I will cut to the chase now (too late?). I am trialling growing a couple of plants which are considered more “tropical” and would not be normally grown in Hobart, or, Tasmania for that matter. The two plants in this post (Pineapple and Ginger), I am growing in what I would describe as a glass house. In my case, it is an unheated, poly carbonate structure, bought from a local hardware store, and painfully assembled at home. It has actually been a pretty good space, originally bought to start vegetable spring seedlings a little earlier, but is now beginning to be the home for some orchids, cacti and other oddments. Anyway, the plants…

The 1st is pineapple. I sourced this by planting the top from a store bought pineapple, maybe, two years ago. It seems to be happily growing. I do not know if it will fruit, and honestly, am not that bothered if it does, but, it is a good first experiment into growing more exotic fruits in our cool, temperate climate. Pineapples are a Bromeliad, many of which are epiphytic (growing in trees with little to no growing media). Based on this, the mix for pineapples should be fairly course, loose and most importantly, well draining.

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The next plant is ginger. This one was sourced by purchasing a nice piece of organic ginger and simply, planting. Organic, because I am led to believe that some root crops are treated to prevent sprouting and extend the supermarket shelf life. I did not see any action above the ground for quite some time, but eventually, a plant did arrive. Drainage did seem poor, so I have only just the other day, re-potted in an attempt to get better drainage.  Apparently, one would harvest in Autumn, so I will post an update then, hopefully of a huge mass of fresh ginger root. 🙂

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As a final note, folks in Hobart, Tasmania, or other cool climates may not know that one can grow lemon grass (often used in Thai cooking). It can be seen in pots in the above pics. I grow most of mine in the glasshouse, but do have a pot outside which gets a lot of sun, which seems just as happy.

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Harder than it looks….

Wow, keeping up on regular blog posts is hard work… I have heaps of things to post, but not enough time. A quick look at my last post shows that it was around 10 days ago. That must be boring for you guys, that probably are not reading, as I am yet to list the blog on search engines or any of that other jazz.

10 Days… a few things have happened,firstly, sad news for the faint of heart, the baby birds killed by a cat, so, don’t expect any further cute updates about that one.

Secondly, a snake scare. I found some shed skin in the yard near some brambles. At 1st I thought, probably a blue tongue lizard (i’ll post a pic), but then, after research, found some information that blue tongues do not shed skin in whole pieces like a snake, but scale at a time. This put me on snake watch for the weekend with regular laps of the yard looking for the culprit, but the only large reptile I encountered was funnily enough, a blue tongue lizard. Further research, and examination of the shed skin against the blue tongue, and I have concluded that it is most likely the previous owner.

What else? I have taken quite a few pics to form the basis of blog posts. It seems a bit dodgy to be presenting events out of sequence or delayed, but hopefully I will get on top of it. Maybe if I don’t crap on so much 🙂 Anyway, below is a couple of pics about the snake/lizard debacle, and, I will work on another couple of posts.

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above photo courtesy of Google (Specifically http://www.parks.tas.gov.au)

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Yummy

I never really had the opportunity much while growing up to eat raspberries. They were always on the over priced side in my home town. Hobart however, seems to have ample supply and are suitably affordable. Even more affordable is to grow yourself and eat straight from the bush… or cane? Whatever…

Raspberries

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Now I am just showing off…

Small detour from the garden to a bowl… next… our bellies

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