One of the first things I did on returning home was clear some of the weeds in the vegetable garden. The lemongrass had become monstrous, and so I chopped enough leaves away to clear the path. Some went into the compost where they are a great compost activator. The others were just laid on the bare earth (now that the weeds are gone). They are a sort of mulch, which I also hope act as a bit of an insect repellant, being lemony and all.
I had put up a small shadecloth before I left, and in my absence a pawpaw tree had grown right up under it and was beginning to bend sideways. I couldnt remove it as the loofah has got all entwined with it, so just changed it to a different angle to allow the pawapaw tree grow up alongside it. I do hope it is a female pawpaw. I have quite a few new papwpaw trees shooting up at the back of this bed, and those should be the red pawpaw, so am holding thumbs.
Hubby didnt pick any asparagus so we have lots of thick ferns, but I will start harvesting them again now. Not a bad thing as that will build up the crown. I was amazed when weeding to see just how far reaching those asparagus roots actually are. I also found lots of lovely thick wriggling earthworms, so have a feeling this is going to be a good productive year for veggies.The comfrey in the ground rotted away so just as well I still have one in the pot. I will propogate some more plants just as soon as this wet season looks as though it might be drawing to a close. I do like the comfrey for making comfrey juice and heating up the compost, but clearly it is not a wet season plant.
I am glad that we just seem to be having short thunderstoms every day with a bit of clear weather to go out and garden. Whew, it is hot and humid though!