Garden Diary: A Nice Surprise, Seedlings and Garden Projects

It was difficult to select six highlights for my garden diary ‘six on Saturday’ this week. There is so much going on in the garden, including projects, I am spoiled for choice. My Gnome has been busy working his fingers to the bone, cutting our huge Melaleuca privacy hedge, moving the contents from the old compost bin to the new three-bin compost, and generally pottering around the garden while I limp behind him giving orders.. er offering helpful comments.

My focus is repotting seedlings and still trying to figure out WHY my courgettes are withering and turning yellow.

1. White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)

This is the original plant, now five years old outgrew the large container so we moved it to a sunny spot in the rear garden. It is obviously enjoying its freedom as it has finally flowered!

White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)
White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)
White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)
White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)

2. Orange Bird of Paradise – Mystery Pod

After the last flush of flowers and they died off one of the dead flower heads developed into this. It will be interesting to see how it evolves…

Seed Pod - Orange bird of paradise?
Orange bird of paradise?

3. Growing Hokkaido Pumpkins in Containers

The Hokkaido pumpkin planted from seed (passed on from our local gardening group) on the 3oth April continues to do well. The leaves are rather yellow but I think that is due to overwatering, that or they need feeding. But considering they are growing in new compost there should be enough nutrients to support the young plants – at least for now. I’ve never grown or indeed eaten Hokkaido pumpkins before so it’s a first on both counts.

Hokkaido Pumpkins
Hokkaido Pumpkins

4. Growing Green Melons in Containers

The seeds planted on the 31st March were donated by a friend who saved them from last year’s fruit. The only thing I know about them is they are green melons. We will see. The pot is an upcycled plastic paint container.

growing melons in pots
growing melons in pots
baby green melon
baby green melon

5. Red Peppers – California Wonder

Planted from seed on the 18th April they’ve taken nearly two months to grow to this point. Maybe these are a fail and next year I will start the seeds off earlier.

Red peper seedlings
Red pepper seedlings

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Red pepper plants
red pepper plants

6. Getting Organised!

I washed all the old plant pots scattered around the garden by the wind and filed them in an old composter. Perfect!

Recycled Composter
Recycled Composter

Potting tray

I found this old tray at our local bins years ago and use it as a potting tray to collect the earth when potting on seedlings etc.

 

Potting tray
Potting tray

I’ve been looking for a piece of plastic to line the tray to prevent the earth from falling through all the holes. My wish was granted via the lid from my old plastic composter which we cut to size.

Revamped tray
Revamped tray

Three-bin composter

All the compost from the old bin finally rehomed we now just need to find enough green waste to feed it. I’ve tried to source some grass cuttings (weed killer free) but not many people have English grass here because it costs so much to water.

Three bin composter
Three bin composter

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That’s it for this week. Why not pop over to Mr P’s blog and check out other gardening bloggers

16 thoughts on “Garden Diary: A Nice Surprise, Seedlings and Garden Projects

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  1. I’m not going to have peppers. They started out great, but then we had a cold snap (still going on) after a week of heat, and they haven’t grown in weeks. I have never seen a black and white bird of paradise before!

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  2. Just a heads up about the Nikolai.(in case you aren’t ware) They grow very TALL and thick and clumpy.
    Ours is currently almost as high as the black wattle tree (around 7-8 metres) it is up against and was seeded by a bird, we think).
    They produce a pink sap and attract all sorts of birdlife.

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  3. Here in California, I do not grow ‘California Wonder’ peppers. The weather just is not warm enough for long enough. they make only one or two good fruits, and then a few small fruits. It would be nice to get more.
    Giant bird of Paradise is more of a foliage plants in Southern California. Bloom is just an added bonus.

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    1. Tony, I confess, I don’t think i will grow them again next year unless they have a massive growth spurt. We were surprised to see the white bird of paradise flower. It must like it’s new location as it was only planted out last year.

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      1. That is unfortunate that they are not performing like they should there. I know that they must get enough warmth ‘somewhere’, like farther inland where the nights stay warm. They make those of in ‘California Wonder’ what we are doing wrong.

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