Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Funny looking things

Don't laugh now.  Or blush either.

When do I pick these?


 
Very rude looking trombocino zucchini...my mum giggles every time she sees them...
anyone ever grown them and know when to pick them...?

A fox trapper from foxabbit visited last week and put out traps for a fox.  No fox yet though.  The trapper was somewhat as I'd imagined he would be, but lovelier - a gentle man with a lot of respect for nature and yes, even for foxes.

  
No foxes yet...boo...

How does my garden grow?

My tomatoes are producing lots of fruit but the leaves are all wilting and the plants look like they are dying...boo...why??


 
Self-sowing purple podded pea surprises...
and lazy house wives 

Phoebe's gem squash!

 
Summer fruiting blueberries

  
My apples are very sad looking ...
but the raspberries are yummy!



And what's happening with Tim Tam?

Spot the actual creature
 
Tim Tam loves play time with Master Bok (3) 

 

 

Someone sent me this link on why seeds might not germinate, it reminded me not to plant too many seeds in one spot for germination.

27 comments:

  1. I loved the trombocino zucchini that I grew. I let mine get a bit bigger than that as the whole neck is all solid. All of your garden looks great.

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  2. My daughter loves Tim Tam. What a sweetie. Good luck to the fox trapper.

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  3. Mrs B, your tomatoes might have a wilt virus - all of ours succumbed last year, which is why we're growing them indoors now. The fox trapper does look exactly as one imagines he would! :)

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  4. It all looks so good Mrs B! I think I read somewhere that you are supposed to harvest the trombocino at 25cm long but that's not too long I would have thought for them. Dunno!

    TimTam looks so soft and cuddly!

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  5. Those zucchini are very rude! I'd be chuckling too.
    Tim Tam is so adorable! I wish I could play with him :)

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  6. i love the garden...and the rabbit is soooo cute :)

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  7. Hey Mrs Bok, TIm Tam is tooo darn cute......love the pics of him playing.

    Never seen this variety of Zucchini before, certainly would be a talking point, handing the excess out around the neighbourhood!!

    Parrots are feasting on our apples taking big chunks out and dropping them on the ground. Our Raspberries are lip smackingly good and ripening faster than we can pick them.......The tomatoes still have a loooong way to good, but we have just picked out first zucchini.....

    Watch out Reynard your days are numbered.......

    Claire :}

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  8. Tim Tam is soooo cute. We are no allowed rabbits here in QLD but if I could have one i would want one just like Tim Tam.

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  9. Love Tim Tam and the teddy, I really had to look hard. With all the rain, the tomatoes are either just soggy and sad or have a wilt or mould. Mine are the same. Pull of the bottom yucky leaves. They like that.

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  10. Hello Mrs Bok,

    I've been growing those Tromboncino for a few years now. I love them because unlike most, the flesh is firm all the way through the neck. I find that these ones make the best zucchini pickles. I'll pop my family recipe up on EveryDayInTheGarden.com when my zucchini are ready.

    In terms of the wilt on your tomatoes, you can thank the weather man for that one! We have had so much rain in the past few months that our soil is soaking wet. Keep on truckin' I say. At some point the soil will dry out and conditions will improve. You can try solar sterilisation which will heat the soil, creating unfavorable conditions for the pathogens that cause wilt. To do this you lay a sheet of black plastic over the soil and peg it down. When the sun is out the soil below will heat up, killing off pathogens as the temperature rises. Only, it will kill off the good micro-organisms too. If it were me, I'd feed my plants to help them build up their own defense. I use worm juice as a foliar feed once every few weeks during the growing season. I also pop some castings in the hole when I plant. If you have some you can poke it in around the drip line as they are growing. The other thing I'd do is to take cuttings from a friends tomatoes so that if yours don't make it you can have fresh, advanced tomatoes mid season. I'll blog it tonight just for you =)

    Good luck.

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  11. Hello Mrs Bok,

    I've been growing those Tromboncino for a few years now. I love them because unlike most, the flesh is firm all the way through the neck. I find that these ones make the best zucchini pickles. I'll pop my family recipe up on EveryDayInTheGarden.com when my zucchini are ready.

    In terms of the wilt on your tomatoes, you can thank the weather man for that one! We have had so much rain in the past few months that our soil is soaking wet. Keep on truckin' I say. At some point the soil will dry out and conditions will improve. You can try solar sterilisation which will heat the soil, creating unfavorable conditions for the pathogens that cause wilt. To do this you lay a sheet of black plastic over the soil and peg it down. When the sun is out the soil below will heat up, killing off pathogens as the temperature rises. Only, it will kill off the good micro-organisms too. If it were me, I'd feed my plants to help them build up their own defense. I use worm juice as a foliar feed once every few weeks during the growing season. I also pop some castings in the hole when I plant. If you have some you can poke it in around the drip line as they are growing. The other thing I'd do is to take cuttings from a friends tomatoes so that if yours don't make it you can have fresh, advanced tomatoes mid season. I'll blog it tonight just for you =)

    Good luck.

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  12. How I love you folk :)

    Thank you for all of your advice!!

    Jodi - I'll look out for your posts on the horribilis sadness making the tomatoes wilty and also on what to do with trombocinos!

    Those zucchini really do make me giggle!

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  13. You know what's missing from those fox traps Missus? Christmas tree lights!!! They won't come unless they are brightly and colourfully lit! ;-)

    Love those shots of Master Bok - reminds me of those sci-fi films with giants running amok in the city...

    Where are the new chickens?

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  14. Oh look at me sitting here giggling at your tromboncino. :)
    Love the pics of Tim tam, looking very settled with your little man. xx

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  15. Hi Mrs B, I haven't visited for a while, and it's good to catch up on the news - happy birthday Master B, please give TimTam a cuddle for me and I hope Reynard gets gets his comeuppance. It's a shame, he's just doing what foxes do, but they don't fit in Australia and should be transported back to the Old Country where they came from. cheers, catmint

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  16. Tim Tam is super cute! I want a rabbit!

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  17. master bok and tim tam are too cute together! your garden looks great! hope you catch the fox!

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  18. I grew that variety of zucchini once. It is an old Italian variety. They are very good and can easily grow to 1 meter long and not be too old.

    It looks like Tim Tam has become one of the family. He is a cutie!

    Good luck trapping that fox!

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  19. I hope the fox trapper has lots of luck and catches that little fox! Tim Tam is so huggable!!
    I don't know about those Zucchinis though. LOL

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  20. Belated happy birthday to master Bok. I loved your birthday scrapbook of images in the last post.
    Your fruit looks delicious and the bunny is so adorable. Is he house trained? I would love to let our bunny loose in the house as well.

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  21. Tim Tam must think that he is in heaven. I do hope that the fox is captured. I miss our garden. I miss going out every day to see what's blooming or ripening in the vine or sending up new shots. I'll enjoy yours while ours sleeps. Cold and foggy here today with a threat of snow.

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  22. He looks exactly as you'd imagine, doesn't he? I hope he gets his fox! x

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  23. Okay that bunny is way cute... I'm hoping your trapper gets the fox in question. We had a fox take our whole flock too :( That was before we fixed our dilapidated fence. Haven't seen it since... still can't ever be too careful and we lock our girls in every night.

    I'm green eyed jealous with those berries of yours...yummy raspberries...

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  24. Looks like a lot of yummy things in the garden...especially the raspberries!
    x
    Melissah

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  25. I wish I knew when to harvest zucchini but I don't. I like to eat zucchini flowers so I'd be picking the zucchini when they are just babies so you can use the flower. Love the look of your homegrown raspberries.

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