Sunday, April 28, 2013

Autumn harvest moon

Taken without a tripod so lots of wiggle - sort of artistic though.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Greening of deserts

This is one amazing video that just has to be watched if one cares about our planet.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Zucca delights

 Zucca lagenaria da pergola lunghissima on the left = 5kg and zucca lunga di Napoli on the right = 11kg.  The farm manager in the centre!
This (above) is what's in the centre of this (below).  Late zucca lunga di Napoli flowers.  Given that these plants are of southern Mediterranean extraction, they are growing magnificently in the highlands of central Victoria.
Two very large zucca lagenaria etc have formed and more fruit is still forming - the young ones are about 10cm at the moment.  Will they reach maturity? They are supposed to be late fruiting plants - but this is probably a bit late.

Click here to see how these types of plants were grown at Epcot - I started out by raising the plants from the ground - to just over a metre high - and failed miserably as they took off across the countryside.  If we manage viable seeds maybe the next few months can be spent constructing a gigantic pergola in readiness for next year's crop.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Call the midwife

Spider birth centre.  Huge eggs all webbed together.  Found in the prune tree.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Objects in the backyard

Yesterday we built the most over-engineered sawhorse.  Should make sawing up next year's firewood a lot easier than it has been.
Late last year I "borrowed" some seeds from a friend who'd brought them back from Germany - she suffered the two hours getting through quarantine with them, I've suffered through months wondering if they are going to produce.  Well - they have produced and are still doing so.  Apparently they are late developers.
Small zucca lunga da Napoli

Average zucca lunga da pergola

Slightly larger zucca lunga da Napoli - 60cm long and 70cm circumference!
Now - the big question is when should they be harvested - don't want the fruit rotting, do want seeds to grow a massive jungle again next year!