This week in the garden was all about the little things: seeds, sprouts, fruits, bugs, bees, and more. Last weekend was fabulously productive, with more veggie seedlings planted out and more direct-sow seeds sown - the first of which have already sprouted. Unfortunately, while sowing more bee-friendly flowers near my roses, I somehow inadvertently upset a bumblebee enough to sting me on the leg! Oh the irony. Tools and seeds were quickly dropped for timeout with some frozen peas before finishing my work...little did I know that the true effects would only fully surface (literally) hours later in the form of a gigantic painful welt around the size of my hand. Ouch!
The first little baby mandarins, lemons, and limes are all forming on our citrus trees. I am looking forward to enjoying the first fruits of our new edible garden! The rest of our fruit trees won't bear a harvest this first growing season, but perhaps next year. The first berries are ripening in our berry patch, and the new raised vegetable planters are starting to fill-out. Although our lettuce seedlings were removed last week and we are still nursing the tomatoes, the spinach is thriving. I was a little concerned with a strange white appearance to its new growth at first glance, but when I looked a little closer, I realised that they are simply all dusted with calcium oxalate crystals. Perfectly natural, and neat to see in person - this is the first time that we have grown spinach. The onions and peppers/capsicums are all coming along nicely, too.
While doing my rounds, I spied some passion vine hopper nymphs on my hydrangeas, with their distinctive fluffy white bums. They are crazy little things, bouncing off in all directions when disturbed. I may try to get a macro or two before evicting them. They are pests for a wide range of host plants including vine crops, citrus, vegetables, flax, ferns, hydrangea, and more. Not welcome.
What's happening in and around your garden this week? Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page. I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.