It is so frustrating to be away from home so much and to know that spring is progressing and the planting is not. I have had to be in Canberra a fair bit and so have taken the time to visit Floriade and the National Gallery with its sculpture garden and new garden replacing the car park. I have also had the pleasure of seeing spring envelop the Parliament House gardens but nothing compares with getting your hands in the dirt at home. I will put up some posts on these events but I need to report from home first.
This last weekend I have been busy moving plants like rhubarb, pulling out old silver beet, and planting and feeding a range of vegetables and fruits. I have embraced the use of liquid fertiliser, Charlie Carp and I have also used chelated iron for the first time.
At Floriade, there was a vegetable and fruit section with lots of good ideas like this use of a frame for berries like youngberries or underberries.
I listened to a lecture there about the merits of chelated iron for citrus or any plants with yellowing and iron deficiency. It was suggested that the iron be mixed with water into a paste and then diluted to weak tea colour and then put on the root zone…instant gratification was suggested. So given my ongoing problems with a sick passionfruit I got going and drenched its leaves with Charlie carp and its root zone with iron. I will not take stunted growth and poor performance for an answer. It has come down to fruit or else for that specimen.
I planted two blueberry bushes and in addition to a few lettuces and beetroot, I have planted tomatoes. This is in complete defiance of local convention that tomatoes are not planted until after Hobart Show Day at the end of the month. I have also purchased a couple of frames for the tomatoes as I do not want a repeat of last year when the plants heavy with fruit lacked ventilation and I had a problem with fruit dropping and rotting before I was aware that I had a big crop underneath. If there is a frost before show day, I will be suitably chastised.
Alternatively convention may need to move with global warming which seems to have advanced the seasons by a few weeks in Tasmania. I feel so much better for my efforts.