December started well. We actually had 30mm of rain in mid-December, and when I came home for the Christmas break on the 20th, the grass was long and green enough to allow Bella to do some trimming in the house yard. The following couple of weeks were hot and dry, and it didn't take long for the grass to turn that browny, crunchy shade of green that we had this time last year. We had two weeks of temperatures in the high 30degCs and only a few minor thunder storms to keep everything going. We are hoping that January and February bring us the summer rain that we need.
|December harvest basket|
Due to the dry weather, many of the veges in my garden as just hanging on until it rains and the harvest basket is looking a little empty. The beans, squash, capsicum, tomatoes are all producing a little, but not as much as I know they will latter in the season. The kale, silver beet, celery and self-seeded asian greens are also still going. This time of year is good to know that I have a few back-up survival foods, like warrigal greens and everlasting leeks, that seems to grow no matter what and add a little green to our dinners.
With the weather being so hot, I am thankful for any shade I can find, I am so glad we got our shade cloth back up, or I don't think anything would have survived. The one plant that is really thriving is the two massive chilli bushes, they are taller than me! I am using them to hide the pots of mint and thyme plants in a bit of shade, we don't actually eat many chillies, but these two bushes are loaded with green ones, I expect to be picking them by next month and giving them away to anyone who will take them!
I'm glad also that I got in and mulched and composted everything last month, because its too hot to work outside much in December and I think the extra soil enhancements are making a small difference to the plants.
A quick bean observation - I find that the bush beans bear first, but are not as hardy as the climbing beans, which will keep bearing until we get a frost. The bush beans always seem to get some kind of wilt and die off, they need far more attention that the climbing beans, does anyone else find this too?
|self-seeded asian greens (tat soi maybe?)|
|everlasting leeks, just keep making more|
|Warrigal greens among the sweet potato|
|tomatoes looking rather poor|
|Spaghetti sqaush coming soon|
|hiding mint under the chilli bushes for some shade|
|baby trombocino, can't wait to harvest these again!|
|a few beans on the climbing bean plant|
|some views of the garden - notice the giant chilli bush!|
|more garden - choko and pots of herbs in the background|
|the female flower (note the tiny choko)|
|the male flowers|
|Tiny Herb Robert flower|
How did your garden grow in December? What have you planned for January?