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August... Thought I'd be getting my Broccoli by now!

We're starting to get rain and warm days here and there in August. I have recorded 64 mm from the downpour on the 10th and my water tank have gone from 1/5 full to overflowing!!

Most of the petals from the peach trees were beat down by the rain, but the leaves have already started growing anyways.

Some of the peaches are already bigger than ping pong balls from the early flowers. About 95% of them are still green about the size of fingernails though..

My dad have picked a few to try, but they're too hard and sour for my taste.. they should be left on the trees a bit longer. Last year's fruits ripe in summer and they smell divine when I walked past the tree, it was just pity they were rotted on the tree.. probably from fruitflies..

We're just about finishing passionfruit harvesting, which lasted about 2 months. I prefer the yellow fruits, they're bigger and sweeter ~

Just found my first broccoli head, which is about the size of a cherry ^^" I am not sure whether it was a green one or purple sprouting ... weird while some of plants are much bigger than this one, yet do not have any signs of heads... I harvested my first broccoli by August last time I grew them (the year before), maybe I planted them a bit later this time.

We've been harvesting snowpeas, and garden peas though ~ I love home grown snowpeas and garden peas ~ This picture shows the garden peas ~

We are still harvesting eggplants too.... though they don't look as good as they were when it was a bit warmer..

The tomatoes are not ready, although they're of good size now.. I've been getting brown spots on the leaves, I hope it's not something serious.. I would like to get some tomatoes..

Although I am not getting broccoli yet, some veggies are bolting to flowers prematurely though.. like the radish, and choi sum ..

On the topic of flowers, I've successfully grown bulb flowers for the first time amongst the veggies ~

Other flowers I am growing amongst the veggies for the first time is Lupin.. I think this one is pixie light or something.....

One more thing... caught my chook poking their heads out from their chook run... that's how they kept chomping at the choko I am trying to grow up their fence!!!!

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Comment by Scarlett on August 26, 2010 at 18:11
also broccoli are heavy on the calcium, and will make smaller heads if you don't have enough in the soil - could be that?
Comment by Scarlett on August 26, 2010 at 18:10
oh how marvellous about the peaches! maybe if you stew them with a little honey? then you can use them for lots of things
Comment by Florence on August 26, 2010 at 12:29
@Elaine - The tulips were nice and my parents picked them for vases in the house. I have read that one can only grow bulbs to flower once in subtropics... but I will try to save the bulbs to replant next year anyway and see how it goes.. as they're pretty expensive to buy for flowering only once..
@Jane - I've been trying to cut the affected leaves too, but it seems to be moving fast now... guess it was my fault for not mulching until recently.. and not diligent enough to remove side shoots as planned. They're planted rather close for not removing side shoots..hope they will last until I get some harvest, some of the tomatoes are huge already though still green. Can't wait to start harvesting broccoli and tomatoes..
@Thanks Vanessa, well done on your broccoli. What variety did you grow? I hope I can harvest mine for several weeks too and not just one head, which should happen at least to purple sprouting I hope.. There are more varieties of peaches and nectarines available for subtropics now, although I am not much of a stone fruit person except for cherries (I love cherries, but they need very high chill :( ). I grew peaches for the flowers as much as their fruits and I am happy with the flowers this year ^__^ I've been eying these ones lately
Comment by Vanessa Collier on August 22, 2010 at 17:32
Beautiful Florence, I've had great success with broccoli as my first attempt at growing it. We've been harvesting it for about 3 weeks now. Hopefully your's will be ready soon. I have no luck with big tomatoes, only the little ones. Trying a new round of big tomatoes - have labelled all the types so I can work out which (if any) are disease resistant and do well in my yard. The tulips are beautiful - I've put in some daffodil but I don't think it made it some how as it hasn't come up yet. The peach looks great, might put one in if your's is actually bearing fruit and doing well.
Comment by Jane on August 22, 2010 at 17:31
All looks great, wait awhile & the broccoli heads should grow bigger. Re spot on the tomatoes, black spot I think, I have been experimenting this year in cutting off any leaves that touch the ground & any with the black spot. It is a fungal problem from the soil. Removing the affected leaves both stops it spreading & lets in air & light hopefully reducing the problem. Think you should burn or or otherwise dispose of the leaves, but I put mine in the compost.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 22, 2010 at 16:09
A Tulip no less! When the top dies, lift the bulb and put it into a cool dry place then the crisper if you're to get a flower next year. You will be lucky to get a Tulip to flower after a year here but you never know if you don't try!

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