About 100mm altogether, which is very close to our long term average. The garden did what its supposed to do, and GREW with all the rain. If the weather did this every year, I think I'd have my sub-tropical spring seed-raising system nearly sorted. I need to start the seeds as early as possible in a green-house, around late August, so that they are big enough to survive the hot dry months of September and November, and then take off when it rains properly in December and January. Unfortunately we can't always rely on the rain, so you never know what will make it through to actually producing a harvest. Last year we were still waiting on decent rain by March!
|the garden looking green again|
This year I have plenty of purple bush beans. Does anyone else find bush beans difficult? I prefer climbers, but they are slower to get started, the bush beans seem to just sprawl and collapse over the ground and its hard to find the beans without breaking off the leaves! I've also got plenty of button squash, I love these because you can pick them small, before they get blossom-end rot, which is a real problem when its dry (the plants can't get access to enough calcium). With the wet has come the dreaded powdery mildew. I know that there's mixtures I could spray on the leaves, but I prefer to just cut off the badly effected leaves and let the plants continue, this seems to work. I've also picked three pickling cucumbers and started them fermenting already, I hope we get some more because three is a bit lonely in the jar! Pete loves the pickles, so he's been feeding the cucumber plant with worm wee.
|purple bush beans|
|crazy choko vine and some strawberries below|
|rosella - no flowers yet|
|self-seeded micro-green goodness|
|uh-oh more chillies!|
And finally, I have an enormous plant that I thought was an eggplant, but now its flowered, I have no idea what it is, any suggestions?
|the chickens come running when I go into the garden|
How was your December? Did you get plenty done in the garden? I am just hoping for more rain and more growing and harvesting in January.
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