One of my tiny midgem berry plants is flowering! I did not expect to see this so soon.

I hope I get a piece of fruit, I've never actually tasted one and I'm really keen to see if the descriptions (which sound amazing) are accurate.

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When you decide to just let the pumpkins growing out of the compost pile go wild over the back fence. @plants

Rainbow lorikeets are in my apple tree, eating my apples already. Might have to defensively harvest in a week or so. It's ok while they're at the topmost ones, I'll never get to those anyway, but that won't satisfy them for long.

Looks like I didn't do a January update for the office plant, so I apologise to its fans.

We've got quite a few people coming into the office regularly now, and nobody's removed my growth chart so I guess we're all on board!

Not huge amount of visible growth, but it's all looking healthy and happy. It can't really cling to the glass anyway so it's more likely to sprawl out than up.

Cornfield update!

The corn stalks are all huge, and have recognisable ears of corn on them, growing well and swelling up nicely. Tiny pumpkin buds are appearing down below, which I need to investigate if I need to hand-pollinate to make sure they mature. Not many male flowers on there right now at all. Could be tricky.

Beans! Green beans are growing happily too, looking delicious already. Looks like there's going to be a huge crop of them if nothing else.

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Let's have some more updates! It's not just corn, of course - my "three sisters" patch is literally in full bloom now. As well as the first ears of corn appearing, I have flowers on the beanstalks and my first pumpkin flower too!

Due to the corn maturing at incredibly different rates, I've been out there hand-pollinating the corn each morning. I have three stalks with various sized ears now, all starting to grow nicely.

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It's about 2 months since my cornfield experiment started and thought a little progress summary would be good.

In one picture, the field the day I planted it, with cat for scale. In the other, today. The pumpkin vines have gone right down one lane and doubled back to their starting point already. One corn stalk is starting to show fruit. We have beanstalks flying all over the place and binding it together in a big leafy web.

All in a little over 1 square metre.

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Small update, everything is growing well. One stalk is starting to show signs of maturity, and the pumpkin leaves are getting huge. Beans are throwing themselves all over the place, having a great time.

I also impulse purchased some cucumber seedlings without any idea where I was going to plant them, so I've put a trellis up at the back and will try growing them up on that. Didn't have anywhere else to put them really.

My baby tree, about a year ago and yesterday. It's grown so much! I had to put it in a bigger pot this year, maybe next spring it'll be time to pick a permanent spot and put it in the ground.

Realised it's been a while since a update. My little cornfield is well established now. Tallest stalk is up to about waist height.

The two pumpkins are spreading out nicely and providing great ground cover and stopping the ground from drying out in direct sun.

Most of the beans have got started wrapping around some corn, but they're getting a bit ahead of some of the smaller stalks. Maybe should have waited a week or two longer on planting those.

Office plant update - I really hope the rest of the office has the same sense of humour as I do.

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Cornfield update!

I have 8 pretty well established stalks now, although one at the back is by far the overachiever of the group. It's shot up much faster than the rest and is significantly broader.

Every stalk has a bean that's popped up, ready to wrap around it and race to the sun. The two pumpkins also seem happily established and are putting out some bigger leaves now, so the co-planting experiment is a go.

My midgem berry hedge arrived! Obviously quite a way to go before I even consider planting it in the right place, but I've got them all potted now and I'll see how they go in a nice sunny spot for a while.

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