We have now hit summer, well and truly. It’s hot and there is a real need to watch the vege carefully so as to water those that are wilting. The vertical gardens are especially susceptible.
Greens: The need for care is particularly true of lettuce, which have the added disadvantage of tending to bolt. I’m moving from Cos to Mignonette because they seem to survive the heat better. The sweet leaf has come back nicely now (note to self: prune it in in winter next year). Sweet potato leaves are abundant, the betel is growing nicely as are the recently gifted Ceylon spinach. Perpetual spinach really needs to be cooked or used as pesto.
Tomatoes: For some reason I have a shortage of them right now. I am of course planting cherry varieties to avoid getting stung. Capsicums are going to have the same trouble and I have learned that bell chillies do as well. After the recent rains, many of the planted seedlings are taking off, so all should be well if I can keep the supply high (to offset losses).
Fruit/citrus: most of my very tiny, 1 year old citrus are growing me one of two fruit. No sign of anything on the grapes but the Loganberry has produced a tiny flush of berries. My experimental rockmelon seem to be surviving okay which is great. Lots of flowers, but no sign of fruit. I’m also about to get a really good crop of cumquats for cumquatcello.
Livestock: the chickens are giving me a smaller two eggs a day which builds up surprisingly quickly. The big news is in the fish. In the last month they have just boomed. However, after seeing RobBob’s at Ipswich, I’ve decided my “boys” will get a second year of life. Having said that, I intend to harvest at least one over Christmas to try. I also need to work out a way to divide the tank in halves so I can put new fingerlings in (where they can get some baby food) without slowing water flow. I’ll do a video on that when it happens.
Corn: I am surprised at how good a corn crop I will eventually get. Even better is the fact that I have done the permaculture thing with them – there are yellow French beans planted in the same bed (using the corn as a trellis) and lettuce sheltering at ground level from the sun.
Worm Towers: After visiting Gayle D’s at Christmas, I found a 20l black bucket at Kmart for $5. Add a large pot saucer ($3) and you have a wonderful worm tower. The other option is a $10 white 20l fishing bucket with lid. Given my small compost bins are full, these are proving a good option. I like to add some cheap solar lights to make them extra useful.
Merry Christmas one and all. Bestest festive wishes to you and yours.
Andy and My Rozie
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