Noticing the Small Things

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:14 Nov 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables

Once the initial hustle and bustle of the gardening season has passed, I really love this time of year. Everyday there is something new to see. A bit of calm, before the next storm (of preserving I hope - not the weather type. We've had enough of that). But that is a number of months away when the tomatoes hit their peak for us. 

Of course, there is still a wee bit of weeding, feeding, and watering to do, perhaps a bit of jam making before Xmas, but for the most part, it is now a chance for us to sit back and enjoy. It is possibly why I noticed today a few things that I may have overlooked in the past few days, or weeks even while my focus was on getting the job done.

A few weeks ago we were talking about whether our feijoa tree was okay, and today I noticed it was flowering.  I also noticed that one of our passionfruit that I cut down an inch above the ground is actually regrowing. At the time, I had suspected one was okay, but I wasn't sure which one and due to how they overlapped, both had to come down. I am so glad I didn't completely dig it out though. 

Simarily, my tamarillo, that I thought I had lost has also sprung to life. Tamarillo is my nemesis. I can get them to about 1 metre, and that is it. Normally it's demise is weather related -  frosts, storms, strong wind, or even snails. The strange thing is, that I don't really like them that much. My boys do though, and that is a good enough reason for me to persevere.

Our Mountain Paw Paws are in abundance this year, with some fruit starting to ripen, and more forming. Our blueberries, are about to hit their best season. Normally we had one that produced well, and the other six were mid ranged. Last year we lost our best one, and this year, the rest of taken off. We have our first raspberries starting to ripen. Our new berries are taking off - especially the orange raspberry. It seems to like it's location. I just need hubby to suss a different boxed edging so that we can let it spread out further to increase the yield. 

Noticing the Small Things