It is very hot and humid at the moment - not as much rain as expected, but we have had a few good downpours. My tropical wet season vegetables are showing their stuff: this is the pigeon pea that I innoculated so that when trimmed back they wil release nitrogen into the soil.
This is the amaranth - have never tried it, but it sounded such an interesting plant. the seeds were so tiny and difficult to sow evenly. I nibbled on a leaf and it was pretty tasteless - maybe they need to get a little bigger. I am not sure how to harvest them - I am hoping I can trim the tops to eat and they will branch out. Anyone got any advice? I also want to taste the grains and save some seeds, but not sure I am going to be harvesting enough to bake with it!
Here is the loofah vine starting to flower:
Then the jicama, or yam bean as they are called here. They say when the flower dies the tuber starts to form - I am imagining it will start to poke out of the ground similar to a sweet potato. It looks a little like a pea flower, but they only grow in cold weather here.
Here is a pod starting to form - by the way the plant, flower and pod are poisonous, but I am looking forward to some nice crunchy jicama soon!
So thats it for today as I sit inside my air conditioned office - way too hot to go out in the middle of the day unless it is to jump into the pool for a swim!