I have been wanting to grow winged beans for the longest time, and eventually got some seeds from a Brisbane forum. They have a faint taste of snow peas, but the main reason I wanted to grow them is that they are so pretty, and the fact that they taste so good is an added bonus.
Here they are growing up a tepee and then over a makeshift support down the center of the veggie patch. They are just under a pawpaw tree, you can see passionfruit and loofah hanging from the vine in the top left, and off to the bottom left is the asparagus.
I sent some loofah seeds in exchange - I wonder how they are doing down there in Brisbane? - should be good as they got lots of rain this year! Loofas will grow as high as you let them. I sometimes eat the smaller ones, but mostly let them dry to use in the bath. On my to do list is to make soap one day....and incorporate some loofah.
This has been a good year for ginger and turmeric, and galangal, and lemongrass. I don't harvest them all in one go- just dig up whatever I need and let the plant do its thing. I did dig up a bit of extra ginger because I wanted to make a batch of ginger beer.
You can see the ginger in the photo below- it needs to sit out a little bit in order for the flavor to develop. Also I want to use the front of this bed for planting tomatoes. I wonder if they will taste gingery?
The sweet potatoes and jicama are not as prolific as I would like. I started cutting back the green shoots vigorously in order for all the growing to take place underground.
I have started some seedlings so that I can move straight into the next season with no break in between. Bok Choy, mignotte lettuce, silverbeet - they should thrive in this temperature as the humidity starts to reduce. Barbie has grown some magnificent silverbeet this year - called swiss chard over there. I hope mine is a good crop - from seed they always seem to be very long and spindly, and never quite take off from there. This year I am going to persevere until I get a good crop.
we harvest pawpaw and passionfruit year round, and that is my favourite breakfast - yummy!