After a lot of messing about we decided to go ahead and buy some Banana plants. We’d been dickering for years about that - have them down the front (no fence) and expect the bunch to walk by itself. Have them at the back and in wet weather it’s ankle deep in water and stays wet for weeks being on a clay base. Anyway, dang it ... we want some of our own Bananas! And finding that we could get a dwarf which is not a Cavendish sealed the deal. Ordered 1 just before last winter and it spent the winter in a self-watering pot surrounded by bubble-wrap. Meantime we found two spots, built them up and added lots of to-be-composted household scraps with Sugarcane and Biochar. This is our solution to ‘wet feet’ - remains to be seen how it all works. Then we figured we might not live long enough to get several suckers from the one plant to make some more so we ordered another 3, delivered a couple of months ago. We planted some Comfrey in the bed too and despite some very hot days, it has done well. Roll on Banana bunches!
The Pumpkin plant which came up all by itself in just the right place, turned out to be a hybrid “Japbutt”, seeds from one which Jessica gave to us. It was a very tasty Pumpkin. The yield was 6 ranging from 900 grams to nearly 2 kg. The little Butternut was the only one from a bought plant.
We’ve just removed and mulched the Persimmon. Although it had produced well, the fruit was always very small. There’s some photos in my albums of it and the fruit. Last year I gave it a treatment of Tree Paste from Green Harvest. Similar to Biodynamic Tree Paste I believe. The tree never looked better with large glossy green leaves and dozens of flowers. I in my wisdom decided to remove about half of the crop expecting that they would be bigger. Nah, it’s a small variety it seems. Tasty and seedless but small. So out it came and the trellis is going to have the winter Pea plants climbing on it - seeds from Lissa of a particularly sweet and crunchy Sugar Snap climber. Roll on winter!
Next to the Persimmon are two of the 5 Dragon Fruit plants. They are coming along quite well. I am going to plant the 2 Air Potatoes to give the DFs some shade and the Babaco behind the trellis - the trellis is exposed to the west and it can be quite fierce sometimes and the Babaco likes some shelter.
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