Well it has been the rainiest December in history and everyone is getting very sick of it. My yard is very wet and you squelch wherever you walk... unless it is mud then you slide. The chicken pen is a slurry and a fair few spots are underwater. Lavendar looks especially bedraggled compared to the others.
I'm worried that if the rain doesn't stop soon some of the fruit trees will end up dieing from being waterlogged but nothing has succumbed yet although the new growth on the citrus is terrible, pretty sure it is a mite - they always get it when new growth appears unless I give the plants a light spray with Neem oil... but it was too wet this time so I will have to prune the new growth if it ever stops raining.
There are now four banana bells - the original two should be ripe soon I hope, but will have no idea of how to tell until they go yellow unless I wait for Ali's to be picked and then wait a few days. They are putting out heaps of suckers and are loving the rain so far although one of the new suckers was in a huge puddle for a day or two but it seems to have drained for now. No matter how many suckers I cut off they keep throwing more and they seem to grow within a week!
The yakon, arrowroot, ginger, tumeric, pit pit and comfrey are all going great guns and have turned into an overcrowded jungle. That's what I get for forgetting that I left some tumeric and ginger in the ground when I harvested then planting pit pit and yakon there...
The back bed has carrot going to seed it in there so I threw a heap of alfalfa around and will use it as green manure. I'm not sure what variety the carrot is but will be keep to try and save seeds as they don't readily go to seed in our climate usually...
My stupid passionfruit still hasn't put out any fruit, flowers galore but nothing/ nada/ zip. I didn't fertilise it except a handful of potash and some boron black gritty stuff from Anthony - humate? It's living on borrowed time at the moment I might take Lissa up on some of her seedlings. Of course Ashley's is doing really well...
The sweet potato just gone totally crazy and invading the whole place now! Doubt there will be any tubers think there is way to much vines! I will get in there and chuck some shovel loads of dirt around on top to see if I get get them to root.
The tamarillo's have got heaps of fruit that I have high hopes will ripen and give me a decent crop of something... imagine what it must be like to get a 'glut' of something... although the banana's will be too soon. There are some limes and the guava's are both fruiting as well, starting to get some real benefit out of the fruit trees.
There is one pineapple that is fruiting but the others are all growing quite fast - for pineapple that is.
Good luck to everyone's garden and hope that the rain doesn't do any permanent damage to our plants!
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