I try to cut everything way back at this time of year so that I dont get lots of leggy growth as the plants spurt forth with the approaching wet season. Last year our wet season was very late in arriving and in fact, we did not get as much rain as usual. The mandevilla vine which shades the herb spiral has had a very severe haircut, which let in lots of light.
I need to cut back the lady slipper orchid vine as it is too heavy for the tree it is clambering over - weeping tea tree. It is looking so beautiful though that I am going to leave it a little longer. No photo - it keeps turning sideways - does anyone else have that problem?
Vegetables and Herbs
I am going to try to keep some greens growing until the very end of the dry season and in actual fact planted out a new supply. Tatsoi has become my very favourite green, it survived with very little care while I was away, so I added a little more compost around the base of each plant. The eggplant at the end of this box is the lebanese one - I hope they do well here, as my other plant died. I still have the thai ones, but want a few more plants.
The peppercorn vine has now travelled all along the length of the asparagus bed. I only have one asparagus plant remaining, so have let it grow. On the side that gets morning sun I have prepared a section to grow some snake beans. They do well in the wet season. The capsicum and chilies are looking a little healthier since my return - I think they must just be very hungry plants as the application of worm poo and compost is what seems to have helped.
One of my pawpaw trees developed a fungus and died, but this one is going strong, and I also get the occasional cherry that the birds leave for me.
Out in fruit salad alley we have been enjoying the odd mulberry, and also a few figs. The limes are producing enough to keep us going, and at last the passionfruit are beginning to colour up and produce a harvest. My lemon trees developed little fruit and then they dissapeared - I think they must have dropped off - I will have to research what is going on. How on earth did gardeners survive before the internet?