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High everyone ,apart from our yams and other reliable plants in our survival garden,arrowroot ,tumeric,sweet potatoes,ginger etc wich basically anyone can grow the summers garden has been a real fizzer.Many crops have failed or growing poorly  compared to other years and its been a battle to keep our most important herbs going as well ,you know things are bad when even a pumpkin vine struggles and the jerusalem artichoke has only grown to half its normal height.There have been limited success stories with my chillis doing ok and my quail keeping me happy with eggs.However amidst all the gloom I just wanted to show my only major success story a pineapple grown in a pot.I do hope everyone is doing better than I.

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Comment by Sophie on February 25, 2017 at 11:25
Yay a pineapple! We have to take our successes where we can. Been sad sorry site on my side, much like what all of you describe. However it is 1 year since I started the vegie patch so my first summer growing. Are they always this bad??
Comment by Cathie MacLean on February 25, 2017 at 11:16
OMG.. Is the site back to normal?????? I have been having withdrawal symptoms as I could not navigate around and find new posts over the last few weeks. Looking forward to catching up on everyone's news. Not much to report here. Garden was very sorry for itself after our month away during the worst of the heat so I'm busy trying to revive it and planning for the cooler months. Bees are doing their best to fill the honey super but from all I've read it has been a miserable season for nectar flow as well. They are wonderful little workers and I love the smell of honey in the yard. Cheers to all....
Comment by Christa on February 25, 2017 at 10:30

Can't brag about anything much here, but I must say my late harvest of persimmon fruit is absolutely to die for. Like a big flat apple size, they taste so luscious cold on my breakfast each morning and for dessert with a dab of cream.  The governors plum is absolutely covered in plums but each fruit is half the size, this year.  Banana bunch is embarassing.   Some of my herb plants did not survive, lost betel leaf, sassoo lettuce and a couple of other plants, but they were all in a trial wicking bed which obviously was unsuccessful.  The fact that we did not do much work in the heat, may have been the problem.  

Rain is coming soon and we will see an improvement, and maybe tanks will fill again. 

Comment by Dave Riley on February 25, 2017 at 10:01


    Oh the horror -- the horror!

Anything without an established root network died or suffered. Seedlings withered. Leaves burnt.

But what survived was sustained by my clay pots.The terracotta worked a self evident treat despite the heat and dry conditions.   

Note to self: stop planting seedlings in January as you'll lose your shirt.Take a month or two off.

Yesterday I planted so many seeds that the activity seemed foreign as I haven't done the like in so long.

I also lost a lot of Vetiver transplants/slips over the heat wave conditions...although some survived.

In my tragic mix, I'd lost my regular supply of grass clippings for mulch months ago(like 4?) and the garden was minus  insulation  in time for the heat to bear down.

Now we're back to normal drop offs but the experience exposed my vulnerability.

The weeds prospered.

What did do well/survive was , like Darren, the yams...huauzontle, Okinawan spinach, chicories, sweet potatoes, snake beans, perennial capsicums,Yacón,  turmeric, mints and other herbs in my milk crates. I even lost a couple of pigeon pea bushes.

Katuk has thrived. Not that I eat it -- so too did the Suriname Spinach. I also had enough spring onions in the soil to maintain my allium dependency but the stems sure dried out somewhat and became fibrous by February.

The only tomatoes that 'grew' were the tiny currant variety.

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