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If you are anything like me you will find much of interest on her site besides the group. Beautiful recipes, travels, farming etc. The aim is to get a group of bloggers posting regularly about their garden achievements and goals, and checking back every month to see how we have all done. What a great way to be accountable and to meet other bloggers.
As summer approaches our veggie garden takes a turn towards more tropical vegetables. The galangal, turmeric and ginger that has been dormant will sense the hot humid weather is approaching and send up its shoots. The ginger and turmeric die right down and I often think that there is an empty spot that I should plant something in. :) I uncovered the mulch and there is turmeric under here but you wouldn't know it! I think I will move it though as it might crowd out my new little coffee tree.
I have planted long beans* and I will put in some winged beans*, both do really well during the wet season, and since I added more trellises there is plenty of room for them to climb.
I have passionfuit and loofah* making their way up the big happy plant at the back. They fall down from a dizzy height when ready, luckily.
I am also trying to get some rosella started - I like to dry them for tea, but last year I didn't realize how late they flowered. This time I will plant them out of the way against the back fence.
Still harvesting lettuces, rocket, amaranth and bok choy as I continuously sowed them which was a great idea. I will do that again. I have let some go to seed so I have plenty of seed for next year.
I have cut back the asparagus fronds (as they don't die down in this climate) and picked our first harvest. yummy goodness. I must get some seaweed for mulch - they love that. The purple asparagus is amazing, and I grew that from seed! I would like to start some more seeds, as a few of the other plants put out very spindly stalks, but they no longer seem to be available.
Oh I almost forgot! my most amazing exciting harvest! 3 figs :) :) happy, happy me!
I must get some seaweed mulch for the asparagus bed.
I have been collecting the next lot of compost for the tumbler in a bin, since it is not recommended to keep adding to the tumbler. As a batch is finished I add it to my old open bottomed compost bin so the worms can gather there and finish it off. I add leaves but even so it does attract fruit flies, even though it is covered, and I don't want to attract cockroaches, so am thinking of making a bokashi mix to sprinkle over the top.
I need to do some general cutting back before the wet season when everything grows out of control anyway. The herb spiral definitely needs a good trimming.
Seeds to swap
long beans, loofah, winged beans, yellow cosmos.