Autumn Recap

Autumn is my favourite season as after being so hot and humid for so long, it’s a relief to have some cooler weather. It’s been a pretty rainy autumn for us this year, and some freak heavy rain has caused more than a few issues.


Gardening I got done this season:

  • Harvested over 100 Feijoas from our tree.
  • Planted some pittosporums along the back fence.
  • Fed and mulched the lemon tree.
  • Planted a herb garden.
  • Planted Spinach and Lettuce seedlings.
  • Tidied up the garden shelves in the garage.

I know it doesn’t look like much but it has been the most I have done since before I had my now 20 month old son. I’m feeling pretty good about it and am about to plan out what I’m going to do in spring.


The garage now has a tidy garden shelf.

Things I didn’t do but wanted to:

  • Planted Rannunculus bulbs – Not sure if too late now, still not sure where I can plant these as need to get the soil sorted.
  • Weeded more.
  • Get rid of the broken plant pot graveyard out the back.
  • Plant Clivias in the border garden where I removed those ferns.

I have been very inspired by reading Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein. Erin has been a flower farmer for 10 years and has written this amazing book all about how to grow, harvest and arrange seasonal flowers. I love it so much! I’m going to have a good look around outside and decide where I am going to grow some flowers this year. I’d really like to plant 3 kinds of flowers and some misc foliage plants so I can do a pop up flower stall in summer maybe.


The succulents on my deck are still in pretty good shape (mostly).

Winter will be a lot of cleaning up, and planning and getting soil and compost ready for flowers and vegetables later in the year.





My sad lemon tree

The Lemon tree at the front of our house was planted a few years before we moved in I think. It has mostly been awesome, however lately it’s been looking a bit sad.


The soil here is clay, which means there isn’t much nutrition in the ground for the tree, plus the tree has to compete with the very aggressive lawn. Our lawn is mostly made up of Kikuyu which I try to cull as best as I can.


My Lemon tree also has developed what I think is Lemon Verrucosis , so is not a happy tree at all. There’s nothing I can do about that until after it has finished fruiting unfortunately. Then it will be a case of removing affected fruit, twigs and leaves and using a copper spray of some sort.



To make the lemon tree a bit happier, I dug up all the grass around it, and covered it with very well rotted compost. I then mixed up some epsom salts and watered to the drip line. Today will be giving it a good feed. The fruit will be edible, but I won’t be able to zest the lemons.

The other trees in the garden need a bit of TLC too so will hopefully get to tend to them today too.