A Quick Update

Well as I said last week I didn’t get much time in the garden this weekend. But I managed to snap some quick photos and plant some more tomatoes.

Garden Overview

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The photos this week aren’t the best as I took them in a hurry while it was very sunny outside. It’s starting to really heat up an we’re investigating shade cloth for the vegies.

Root Bed

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Root bed growing well. Wondering when silverbeet and beetroot will be ready to harvest!

 

Legume Bed

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Brassica Bed

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Fruit Bed

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Things are growing nicely in here. I have my first marigold flower:

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And the cucumbers are growing up the trellis well. I actually had to rescue a nearby tomato seedling that had a tendril growing around it.

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I also planted one of my tomato seedlings in this bed. With my other tomatoes already bearing fruit I hope it’s not too late for my ones grown from seeds to grow and bear fruit!

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And talking of fruit…

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How good do these tigerella tomatoes look?

I also have a few fruits appearing on one of my other tomatoes too.

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Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch has exploded and we’re letting the vines grow over the ground around the bed. But when I got out into the garden on Saturday I found the pumpkin leaves all droopy.

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So I googled it and just like always got results ranging from “they have some disease and they’re all going to die and you won’t be able to grow pumpkins there for 50-billion years” to “They need more water”, “they’ve had too much water”, and “it’s just getting too hot for them, put up a shade cloth.” I wasn’t able to do anything about them on Saturday so I’ll see how they look next time. It’s starting to warm up so it looks like it might be time for shade clothes etc.

 

Melon Patch

Plants are growing, and not much to say here!

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The Ditch by the Fence

As well as planting the tomato in the fruit bed I got four planted in the ditch.

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It’s a Jungle Out There!

Here I am again with another update from the garden this weekend. I’ve still been a bit sick all week but was feeling better by the weekend. Sadly my boyfriend is now getting sick as I am getting over it. So We took it relatively easy this weekend.

Garden Overview

The garden, however, hasn’t been taking it easy. It’s been growing.

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It’s much greener than it was last week.

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Look at how much the herbs ha herbs have grown!

Root Bed

Things are growing well here.

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I Thinned out my carrots a little and planted another two half rows of each variety (those following this blog might remember my young man telling me he could eat a carrot a day without even trying)

My silverbeet and beetroot are growing well.

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And for those who missed last week’s bug’s eye view of my silverbeet, here it is.

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That’s a lot of growth in a week!

Legume Bed

I finally got in the frame for everything to climb up.

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This frame is actually built out of kits for tomato cages. We bought tomato cages to make wigwams for the tomatoes as I’ve heard they’re more stable than the cages, which left us with a lot of spare connectors. I made two walls of stakes, leaned them in and tied them at the top then used the spare connectors to build rungs up the side. I’ve given it a good shake and it feels pretty stable. It’s also dismantable and moveable for crop rotation. What is an unknown is how long the plastic connectors will last outside in the sun.

Brassica Bed

Things are growing here too!

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Many of the plants are still little but it’s nice not to have this bed so bare in the middle.

From left to right in the bed we have…

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Baby Broccoli was planted directly into the bed and is growing strong

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Mini Cauliflower and Sicily Purple cauliflower all of which I started out in punnets and have grown well since I transplanted them.

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Baby cos, great lakes and crispmint lettuces, only the latter of which really grew at all well in the punnets (and has transplanted well). The other’s I’ve planted directly into the bed when I transplanted everything else out. You can see the great lakes lettuce at the back was planted  the seed raising trays on the 13th of September and transplanted out into the garden on the 5th of October, the same date the lettuces at the front were planted as seed. They are about the same size.

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Finally the rocket. We should have eaten this last week but we left it too late and it was very bitter when we tried it this week. I’ve planted some more seeds and we’ll try eating it sooner.

Fruit Bed

There’s been changes here too. My boyfriend had some scrap metal lying around. Actually, he’s got a lot of scrap metal lying around but this bit was something he wanted to use in the garden somehow and it was up to me to figure out a way to use it. I decided we could train the cucumbers and capsicums to grow up it, as I’ve read you can do this. I also potted on some more tomato seedlings into bigger pots to add to those I did last week.

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Here it is just after I finished, looking a little messy as I haven’t cleaned up yet.

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Here is a closer view of the frame and the tomatoes I potted on.

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Here are the tomatoes I moved into larger pots last week. They seem to be doing well so far.

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Here are my first tomatoes!

Pumpkin Patch

My poor pumpkin patch. This is where the real jungle is. It’s grown so much since last week!

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My main concern here is I’m growing too much inn the bed. I really do want a variety of pumpkins and don’t mind if I get fewer per vine than I should but I don’t want none because they’re overcrowded.

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Here is how the bed looks. There is space around the bed fro them to sprawl over if that works!

Melon Patch

My melons are growing well.

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I have my rockmelon.

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And my watermelon.

The Ditch by the Fence

A lot of progress was made here but I forgot to photograph it! We finally finished getting the rest of the edging in and filled it up with soil.

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That’s all for this week! I’m not sure how much, if anything, we’ll get to do next week as my boyfriend’s mother is visiting from out of town.

In leaps and Bounds

The garden that is, not me I’ve been sick for over a week now, but at least my garden is looking great!

Garden Overview

Despite me being sick a lot has happened in the garden

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Here’s how it’s looking as of yesterday. The fence is multi coloured. My young man decided to prime it with primer he already had to same money. He ran out. Fortunatly he had another primer, the same thing just in a different colour to finish it. This weekend our friend came round and painted the side of the fence we can’t see with the finished colour. He is actually a interior painter by trade but can’t work because he is disabled and can’t reach above his shoulders any more, but he’s not disabled enough to receive disability as he can still paint skirting boards and the bottom half of walls. Strangely enough no one will hire him to paint the bits of their walls below his shoulders so he appreciated a day’s work at our place. Once he leftmy young man started painting this side of the fence and you can see the finished colour on the far left.

Root Bed

My root bed is going well

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From left to right we have beetroot, silverbeet, purple carrots and red carrots. I was told today by a certain dashing young man that “I can eat at least two carrots a day without even trying” so I think that’s a hint to plant more carrots. I’m going to order some orange ones and a heirloom mix that was out of stock when we did our big seed order

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Here is a bug’s view of my silverbeet because why not?

Legume Bed

The beans and peas are continuing to grow. The baby sun beans I planted weren’t growing, only one had shown and didn’t look like I expected so last weekend I planted some more. Well, this weekend the ones I planted last weekend were all showing and they looked how I expected so the other one must have been a weed or something.

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The peas were really needing some support so I popped a few stakes in for now and next weekend we’ll have to get the pea and bean frame up.

I also transplanted a few more russle lupins into this bed

Brassica Bed

There’s been some action in this bed. Last week I transplanted some of the seedlings into the bed and this weekend I noticed the transplants were much larger than the ones I left in the seed trays so I transplanted a lot more. I also did some direct sewing last week to compare if I really need o start them in seed tray next time.

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You can see from all the plant markers that this bed will start looking exciting soon1

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You can see my baby broccoli is not so baby anymore!

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And my rocket is looking good enough to eat, I’m not the only one who thought so but I haven’t seen anymore nibbles since I put eggshells around it.

Fruit Bed

There’s been some changes here!

My capsicums are huge!

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The seeds were planted less than a month ago.

The tomatoes seedlings are growing well too.

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Last week I put some capsicum seeds direct into this bed, but after seeing the success of transplanting small seedlings that didn’t look big enough I transplanted some of the little seedlings this week. I also took the biggest of my tomato seedlings and put them in bigger pots. I only had 12 pots so that’s how many I moved. I want to move some of my second planting of tomatoes as they were different types, but that will have to wait until I get some more pots! The ditch by the fence will be full of tomatoes! I was going to toss the rest because we don’t need 50-billion tomatoes, but my boyfriend suggested we plant them in the seedling trays the herbs came in and give them to people to plant in their garden. I like this idea!

Pumpkin Patch

Even our painter friend commented on the pumpkin patch.

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I really do want a variety of different pumpkins but would rather fewer types than none at all because they are overcrowded. If they can sprawl on the ground around this bed, is it still too crowded? They’re monsters already! I’m wondering also if I should move the little one in the middle to the near right hand corner where there’s more space.

I can’t believe these things were seeds less than a month ago!

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Melon Patch

My melons are growing well!

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I was worried last week when I saw the spots on my watermelon leaves but apparently they’re meant to look like that.

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My rock melon, like many things in the past two weeks, has grown a lot as well.

That’s all for now. Next week there’s more transplanting to do we’re thinking of mulching some of the garden beds.  There’s more work on the fence to do, not to mention the chicken coop and the compost bays to build.

 

A Lot Can Happen in a Week!

My goodness! So much CAN happen in a week. My young man sent me a message at work mid week to tell me that seeds were sprouting up all over the place but I was still surprised when I got into the garden on Saturday and found how much everything had grown.   Lets start with our seed raising table. There’s been a bit of growth here. The first tomatoes have grown taller and some are showing the first of their true leaves.   20140927_143548   Because we got a much higher strike rate than we expected (and we didn’t have a decent watering can when we first planted them, which meant a lot of the seeds were washed into one lump in their pot) we have a lot of seedlings forming really close together. I pulled some of the smaller ones in an effort to thin them out a bit.   It feels like the seeds we’ve planted in my mother’s seed raising box (which has a cover on) haven’t done as well as the ones we left out in the open. I have to remember they are a week behind the other’s though… 20140927_143633   Here we have some tomatoes showing. A couple of grosse lisse seeds on the far left have sprouted. These were free seeds from my young man’s mother and aren’t new. Next we have the artisan tomato mix, also free seeds, and just over half of these have sprouted. You might be able to see one lone wild sweetie has also just sprouted.  On the far right is the russel lupin. I planted six seeds and four have sprouted so far.   20140927_143621 I planted a few lettuce seeds of different types, hoping to be able to plant a few seeds every few weeks and have a succession of lettuces to harvest. A few have sprouted but not as many as I expected. Three of the capsicum seeds I have planted have come up but none of the mini ones. If I have time next weekend (I have a lot planned) I will plant some more capsicum and lettuce seeds if they haven’t shown themselves yet. I didn’t plant so many because I planted these the week after the tomatoes and I saw how many of them grew. There’s only so many capsicum plants one can have room for! The broccoli seems to be doing very well, quite a few seeds got planted as they were so small and the little punnets are already looking crowded. I might need to split these up, if that’s a good thing to do, before transplanting them into the beds. The cauliflowers are starting to sprout too.   Yesterday we had a busy day. We did some more work on the fence and were only halted after running out of palings. 20140927_144246 We were so close to the end too! Fortunately the gap is small so we can always block it up until we get more, which should make our little vegie garden deer proof. You can probably also see in this photo that there is a lot more green in the beds than there was last week! Lets start with my cucumber. Last week the biggest one was just showing it’s two first leaves. 20140927_143943 Now it is three times the size and showing it’s first true leaf. The smaller one behind it is still bigger than the biggest one was last week.   The only other things I have in this bed so far are the tomatoes we planted as seedlings, two of which are doing very well and one of which is doing ok, I think I should have buried it deeper. Not sure if digging it up and putting it in deeper is a good idea or not! 20140927_143933   It is the tomato on the back right I am not sure about. I also planted some marigold seeds in this bed but they are too small to photograph well even through they are coming up. Once the capsicums are big enough they will go in here too. I forgot to take a photo of my rocket that I took a photo of last week, but it is growing. 20140927_144003 Here is the baby broccoli from the brassicas and salad bed. It was too small for a photo last week but this week you can see it! The root bed is also doing well. 20140927_144033 The silverbeet is growing well, though a little unevenly. 20140927_144039 The beetroot is also coming along nicely! I also planted two rows of carrot seeds. Monty Don says that carrot seeds are very slow to germinate and you can sew radishes on top. The radishes will grow more quickly, showing you where you sewed the carrots, and you can harvest them quickly before the carrots need the space. Well, either Monto Don has a different idea of what ‘slow to germinate’ means or they just grow faster in Australia or there was something other than carrots in my seed packets, but in two weeks I have a pretty clear idea of where I planted my carrot seeds! 20140927_144048 I sewed my carrot as thinly as I could in the hope of preventing having to thin them. The look a lot closer than I though I had them! The Melon patch is also showing activity. I planted two seeds each of watermelon and rockmelon in the hopes that at least one of each would grow and if they all grew I could thin out the weaker of each. 20140927_143744   As you might be able to see one of each has grown which is perfect.   I took the same approach with the pumpkins, I planted one of each of the known varieties and for my ‘pumpkin heirloom mix’ I took out what looked to be one of each type of seeds and planted them, knowing it was probably too much for my 2.4 by 1.2 metre patch. I figured it was easier to sew too many and pull out what I didn’t want. I planted eight in all, four I knew what they were and four I didn’t. Well, boy have the pumpkins grown! They’ve gone from “I think a few of these might sprout” to “gee, I just don’t know what to do with all of these!” 20140927_143851 And look how big they’ve grown in just one week! Seven pumpkins sprouted. Two of these were doubles of known varieties so I pulled them out. This leaves two that I know what they are and three that I don’t know what they are I think five is too much for this bed size, but it’s hard to know what ones I should loose and how many. I want all my pumpkins that grow to be different so we can see which grow the best and we like most. 20140927_143908 Here is the biggest one so far.   The legume bed is the other one that’s doing very well. I should have remembered growing beans in yoghurt pots in primary school, but I must have forgotten because the growth in one week has surprised me.  Last week one of the beans was starting to grow. This week… 20140927_144111a Beans and peas everywhere! 20140927_144126a This is the bean that was growing last week. 20140927_144203a One week ago this snow pea wasn’t even showing! Look at all those leaves! 20140927_144234a Same for the chickpea, no sign of it last week. No sign of the baby sun beans yet. It’s very exciting seeing my little seeds grow from week to week. My young man I being a good boy an watering them every day. I’m not sure how much I will have to update on next week as I am working on Saturday and have a picnic on Sunday so I’m not sure how much time, if any, I will get to spend in the garden of my future home. No doubt the garden will be far more productive than I will!

Growing Begins!

There’s been some action in the garden since last weekend.

The tomato seeds I planted two weeks ago are beginning to turn into little seedlings.

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Of the seeds I planted last weekend under cover a few are starting to show, such as the broccoli and cauliflower.

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Hopefully more will be showing by next weekend. I didn’t expect any action in the main beds yet, but I was surprised! On Saturday morning one of the beans I planted in the legume bed was just starting to show. By Saturday afternoon it had its first two leaves and three other beans were starting to show. While there was no sign of any of the pumpkins or melons on Saturday, one appeared to be sending up something green this morning when I gave them a quick check.

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Here you can see one of my cucumbers! Of the three I planted a week ago two are showing.

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It’s hard to see In photos yet, but the two rows of salad and row of beetroot and silverbeet I planted are already showing too!

We still had a lot to do this weekend. I (with my young man’s help) finally finished digging out the ditch beside the fence. He was impressed when he realised how dense the clay I’d been hacking through was! We started edging this section with a cheap plastic garden edging that looked not so bad when we dug it into the ground rather than sitting it on top. We stoped because we ran out of pegs to pin the edging down. We also finished building the herb bed and planted the herbs in. This was a bit haphazard as we both had differing ideas of planting herbs in clumps v’s planting them in rows so each did our own thing, moving each other plants etc. as we went, but it was quite fun.

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The big space in the middle is for the rosemary.

 

Finally, before the sun went, we managed to put up a little bit more of the fence. If you see the metal rod leaning against the fence post, we put up the palings to the left of that. Not much, bit it’s good to have a bit more of it up.

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This photo I took this morning. You can just see the ditch by the fence where it has the edging. My young man planted some corn in there (after telling me he didn’t want to use that ditch for corn or grapes!) and you might just be able to see the corn planted in the ground. I think he must have had a moment of weakness when he walked past the corn seedlings while buying a new hose so I’ll forgive him.

We’ve come a long way in the past few weeks and now it will be exciting to see how the plants come along in the next few weeks! I’ve learnt a lot can grow in a week!

Progress in the Garden!

So today we got stuck into the garden. My boyfriend finished the six main vege beds while I planted out seeds that are meant to be started in punnets, wrote a billion plant labels and  sorted out all the packets of seed. 20140913_111137a

We’ve now planted some capsicums, a variety of lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower and leaks in addition to our tomatoes, basil, parsley and various flowers on the made-out-of-scrap seed table

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You might be able to see it but the basil I planted last week already has two small leaves peeping out! The bushier seedlings are all herbs that my boyfriend picked up yesterday when getting some fertilisers. The unlabelled trays at the back are all flowers my boyfriend planted once I announced I had planted all the seeds that I was starting in punnets for a few weeks.   I then fertilised the beds (except for the root bed) and gave them a good water and we went in for lunch having already done four hours work. After lunch I planted out the seed that was going direct into the beds.

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The back left bed will be the root bed this year. I’ve planted it with some red and purple carrots, beetroot, silverbeet and spring onions. This is where the leaks will grow once we transplant them out. I’ve got some orange carrot seed still to plant so we can have orange carrots as well. The back right bed is the pea and bean bed. We salvaged a bit of wooden trellis from my parent’s place that we will train the climbers up on. I also planted some russel lupins today in the punnets and they will be going in this bed also to look pretty but they’re also a member of the pea family and like the other legumes will improve the soil for when we rotate the crops. The middle right bed is the brassica bed. We’re also putting our salads here as it was the emptiest bed. There’s not much here yet, just two lonely rows of seeds while the rest grow in their punnets. The middle left bed is the fruiting crops. I planted three tomato seedlings and some marigold seeds in here. I also planted some cucumbers. This is also where the capsicums will go when they’re ready for transplanting. The front left bed is the melon patch, where I planted two watermelons and two rockmelons. I planted two of each in case one didn’t germinate but I think I’ll have to thin out the weaker of each to ensure the plants have enough space. The right front bed is the pumpkin patch and it was hard not to plant too many seeds! I had about seven different types of pumpkin seeds and I planted four seeds.   Here is another view of the four main vege beds.

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We also need to finish building the fence you see in this photo. It stops just to the left of the picture and the un-finished part is where we always find deer prints, they have a little highway right through our vege patch it seems. But we’ve got the seeds in now, so hopefully now we can finish off the fence. We felt that spring was going to rush by us if we didn’t get cracking on the garden!

Planting begins!

We’re still waiting for our main seeds and plant order to arrive but are itching to get started. Yesterday my young man began rigging up a seed raising table out of some scrap and this morning he finished it. It’s actually very sturdy and for the price (free) is good value. We had a few packets of free seeds from a variety of sources and we sorted through them. My mother says tomato seeds can be planted straight in the ground but everything I hear says raise them as seedlings first so while we’re waiting for the main garden beds to be finished (there’s still a few bolts to go in and some manure to be worked in) I planted some tomatoes into seed trays and we can try sewing some direct at a later date (we have a lot of tomato sees somehow).  I planted one packet of ‘heirloom tomato mix’ from diggers and some ‘grosse lisse’ tomato seeds that were amongst the seeds my partner’s mother gave to him. I also planted some parsley and basil. We had a lot of seeds that had “expired”, amongst them were some cosmos and honesty. I figured it was worth a bit of potting mix and water to see how many would germinate so we planted them too.

I also sat down and worked out where we were planting what in the garden beds. I’d already worked out what was going in which bed but now I have a plan for where everything is going inside the beds. A rough plan, anyway. One thing we haven’t yet decided what to do with is the ten metre strip by the fence. We’d love to plant all kinds of cane berries there, but everything I read says Brisbane isn’t the right place for cane berries. Grapes is an option and they have my vote but my boyfriend wants to put them in the other paddock (after we get water there and dig the ground up). My mum has a passionfruit vine that she doesn’t want so that’s a possibility but one fine does not fill a ten-odd metre trench. I’m thinking for this year we should just fill it with flowers (and the passionfruit) and re-assess next year.