Corn has been a good staple. The first dozen were in a shady spot, yielded small cobs.I planted the second block in full sun and was really successful, with each plant producing 2 and a few, 3 cobs. The first cobs were all large and full, the second, small but sweet. The third cobs didn't get pollinated, wrong timing for the flowers. The third block planting is a disaster, only 5 out of the dozen survived - weak and skinny, small cobs! So that's the end of corn for me! Around the 1st block (shady), I put in snake beans, which are doing well, and I planted Elaine's famous flat bean seeds around the 2nd block. Little flat beans are starting to make their appearance!
Winged beans and okra are cropping well, they go nicely together in stir-frys, with a bit of sambal for a spicy change!
I am leaving an okra fruit that didn't get picked early enough, for seed.
The winged beans had a bit of a hiatus, then after the storm, is flourishing again.
The beans which I left for seed have finally dried up, but it's probably too late now to plant. I'll have some to share for next spring!
Another summer success is the Brazilian spinach (thanks Cassandra) which has grown really well in the shade of the corn. I've struck a few stem cuttings and planted them in a row beside the garlic chives. The leaves are delicious raw or steamed. Funny thing, I had a couple of Brazilian friends visit, and proudly showed them the spinach - "nuh, never seen it in Brazil"!!
The angled loofah has finally come good, harvested a long gourd 2 days ago...
I continue to harvest zucchini, eggplant, amaranth, tomatoes, chokos, sweet potato leaves, herbs, early choysum, the occasional asparagus sprout, and even the dreaded Madeira vine leaves. Cucumbers have been a bit disappointing this summer, the first 6 plants produced maybe a dozen cukes, the second lot of planting died without yielding one fruit, and out of the third batch of 6 plants, only 2 have survived but are looking quite sturdy - we live in hope!
One of our best success stories is the infrastructure manager's "soil pit" - grass clippings, manure, old potting mix, worm castings - there's always lovely organic rich soil to top up the beds!
I've just put in a dozen (bought) okra seedlings, and am going to start Autumn plantings now with Chinese greens etc. Hoping for a good Autumn growing season!
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