Monday, January 12, 2015
We went away for a five-week holiday and came back, right in the middle of the heat wave. Thankfully, the damage was minimal. I was actually so happy to see my plants/trees again, though lots of tall weeds welcomed me too! After the heat went away, Paul (hubby) and Samuel (my first son) and I started the weeding work in the back garden. Some weeds were as tall as 1 metre.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
We have not had proper rain for more than a week since before Christmas Day. Weather has been sunny especially these few days.
2 January 2012 - Max 40 deg. Scorching heat, sunny and breezy-windy.
3 January 2012 - Max 35 deg. Cool morning, sunny and still day.
4 January 2012 - Max 24 deg. Sudden downpour early morning that lasted for less than 15 mins :(.
5 January 2012 - Max 23 deg. Sunny and cool.
This is our hottest start of the year in many years. We will be expecting a very hot summer this year.
Work done -
Raking up olive and peach leaves.
Catching white cabbage butterflies.
Caterpillar check on pak choy.
Stink bugs removal from tomato silvery fir.
Pruning vietnamese mint as they wilt easily in the hot weather.
Staking flowering and seeding coriander plants.
Pruning tomato plants.
Staking eggplants that are growing taller.
Moving black pots of ginger and thai basil into shade.
Harvesting -strawberries, sweet corns, tomato silver fir, stringless pioneer beans, water spinach/kang kong, pak choy, plums, peaches, white currants, green chilli fire,
Collecting - pak choy seeds, rocket seeds, coriander seeds.
Progress update - Sunflowers blooming, grapes still growing, Big Fig fruiting, Figgy's figs getting bigger, watermelon flowering, cucumber burpless' leading vine is 50cm tall and flowering, water chestnuts sending up new plants, more ginger shoots emerging from pots, pomegranates about pingpong ball size, lawn's greening and seeding and needs mowing.
|The two pots of ginger are growing well. Two new shoots are emerging.|
|One pot of lemongrass which I propagated. Hopefully with such a large tub of good potting mix, these stems will grow larger than those in the ground.|
|The second pot of lemongrass.|
|Galangal ginger still looking bad but I know they are alive. I also notice a new shoot emerging.|
|Sunflower pollenless from Diggers' Club has bloomed. I did not expect these plants to be very big but they turned out to be very tall, about 1.2 metres.|
|I am not sure what it means to be pollenless as I do see bees visiting the sunflowers.|
|Our last yellow peach of the season is OURS! After sharing with beetles and possums, we had only about 10 to eat.|
|Heaps of tomato silver fir and some sweet corns.|
|Took a picture of a crimson rosella (wildlife) in Emerald during our Friday outing to the Dandenongs.|
|I harvested lots of thai basil for a spicy chicken dish...My husband and son's favourite.|
Monday, January 17, 2011
I have about 4 or 5 good size spagetti squashes growing at the strip of vege patch. Due to the crazy weather of rain and hot days, the vines developed bad powdery mildew and I sprayed the leaves with lime sulphur. It was a stinking yellow liquid.
We have so far eaten 3 super sweet corns and wow they are yummy!
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