Dear Diggers (Autumn Fruit Garden 2018)

Contributions and feedback from our readers

Living with possums

Christine wrote to us for some advice about her possum problem, and Keith, our Landscape Architect and in-house Garden Designer, had this wonderful advice.

My very best advice is to not try to beat them, rather enjoy them!

By this I mean find out where they are causing you problems and find their preferred route. Is it along a branch, or is it along a fence line?

Using a nail hammered into the fence for example, as a ‘stake’, push onto this an apple  to feed the possum.

If you feed the possum they will be dumb, fat and happy and leave your precious plants alone. Bananas are another great bribe as well.

I now go outside and call my possum and hand feed it. They are very territorial and will protect their area from others.

Ed: Most people trap and release.

Keith recommends befriending your enemy. What method would you try?

Possum image by Scarlet23 at English Wikipedia

Growing success

Dear Diggers, Thank you for recommending climbing zucchini for our vegie garden. It has been the most prolific vegetable we have ever grown. We usually pick them when they have reached a reasonable size but the photo shows one we have allowed to grow. It is now much bigger than our nearly 4-year-old granddaughter!

C. Burrows VIC

Glen M. sent us his potato harvest pictures. 1.45kg from one potato!

Well done Glen!

 A recent visitor to St Erth showed us her stunning, multi-headed sunflower.

“It grew of its own undertaking after my husband and I created our latest garden bed and filled it with a year’s worth of compost which we combined with the original, mineral-rich clay soil. It became a magical garden bed that grew beetroot from seed in six weeks and cucumbers galore.”

K. Cooper VIC

Wollemi pine

Dear Diggers,

Part 1: Here is a photo with this season’s new growth on my Wollemi pine. The cage door is 2m high. Most of the branches have bifurcated where the wax ball covers the end of them for the winter, so now there are two branchlets on each original.

A young woman who did her PhD on them said it looks superb, obviously loves living under the Casuarinas.

Part 2: Since I emailed you last week with pictures of the growth on our Wollemi pine, we have had our first decent rain after a very dry January (60mm over three days!).

Two days later the cones shattered! I took a paper bag and held it up under the cone. As soon as I touched the cone it disintegrated in my hand, the flakes falling into the bag.

They looked just as hard and green as they always have, like this year’s cones. They obviously don’t die and go brown, and they don’t open up at all. They just leave the core of the cone on the tree.

The flakes of cone have a green tip and the seed flakes are attached lightly to the inside of them. Not many have formed firm bulges of seed, so only some are fertilised.

Fascinating … and of course we’ll try to grow them!

K. Patterson NSW

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