Week 23 in the OMG

Well it has been a very wet week – as I write this on Saturday afternoon after a day free of rain the land around Milkwood is still running water. Lovely and the OMG is loving it still. But we are happy now to see some sun after what seems like weeks without it ! I love a sunburnt country …..

Another PDC begins today so here is Sophie loading up with garden goodies to feed the masses that will arrive this evening for dinner.


All this goodness – yum. And things flourish on the vine …
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Spaghetti squash climbing over the east fence creating a green border – and just one of the bigger fruits

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A close-up of squash on the fence – and (right) our climbing beans (of which we are harvesting heaps and heaps – well many buckets actually !)

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Capsicums with tomatoes and marigolds amongst them (companion planting)

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Sweet corn flourishing alongside the Cucumber Cathedral – and a close up (right)

This Eggplant (Aubergine) is Violetta Longa – this is the first.

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(Left) Olomovic Tomato – supposed to be a Determinate – but ours are most definitely growing and ripening all the time.They are really nice. And (Right) our favourite Cherry Tomato which are delightful, tasty and prolific.
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(Left) San Marzano tomatoes just beginning to ripen. We now look forward and hope for more sun to bring them along faster(Right) These Red Pear tomatoes are growing enormous. Very meaty, and good for salads and sandwiches…
The OMG at the end of week 23. New compost heaps in the foreground…. more of those to come.
But before we go – here is our Top Dam (provides our irrigated water at 40psi) – over-full, with swales on either side full too.All our Dams are now a maximum level.

And finally (ahhh) – our latest arrivals at Milkwood, hatched just 2 days ago. These are Langshan chicks hatched by an Arauchana mother. In due course they will be in the OMG clearing out beds that have finished cropping….



Filed under Garden Diary, Growing, Harvesting, Stephen Couling

4 responses to “Week 23 in the OMG

  1. Herlen Watkins

    Hi Stephen, Can you tell me how you tie up your tomatoes? They look to be on some sort of open mesh. I’d love some more details. Do you get fruit fly out there? Congratulations on the garden – you’ve done an amazing job!

    • Herlen – I am sorry not to have replied earlier. The Tomato Spaceship is constructed using Star-pickets heightened with timber lengths. The wire is old ring-lock fencing strung between these uprights. The tomatoes are then held to the ring-lock with jute string. They do weave themselves amongst the wires of the fencing but I have not encouraged this as the wind can rub the stems against the metal which has occasionally damaged a stem. Overall it is a very sturdy frame and has worked a treat. It is also totally reusable and will be taken down for the winter and re-erected next spring.
      Fruit fly – yes; and getting worse as the tomatoes split with all the rain we’ve had. I pick every day now and try to limit the amount of ‘food’ we provide these little critters ! We have not lost very much fruit.

  2. Sheena

    Dear Stephen, forgive me if it features somewhere else on the website – but do you keep bees? If not, what do you do about fertilisation of male and female plants? Are there enough local bees to take care of it, or do you do it by hand?

  3. Sheena

    Sorry, have found other entries about beekeeping etc and honey from your hives –

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