December 4th & its rained every day, we've had 60mm+ in four days but not nearly as much as other areas. Never known such a wet spring ,record rain for Aug,Sept & Oct, have had to re think the gardening as its normally hot & dry with veg browing off.
Garlic not behaving normally, planted in March & usually dies off Oct/Nov, only small bulbs but OK, this year the plants have not formed bulbs, infact they are like small leeks, with all the growth in the stem & they are still green & growing, others in the area having the same trouble, except one friend who has dug hers. We wonder if it is just the weather or the fact that we all read an article telling us to plant deeper in the tropics to keep the bulb cooler, what ever we have no garlic this year. I will leave mine in the ground to see if they form bulbs in the autumn. Made the mistake of buying Spanish garlic from the supermarket because I was tired of using Australian bottled, dont waste your money despite large cloves they have no flavour at all, not remotely like garlic.
Have rampant cucumber plants but no fruit, mainly male flowers. Friend sugested I look to see if bees were about as so many bee hives have been devastated by the hive beatle, luckely our hive seems OK, but the bees are not visiting my veg patch for some reason, or even the flowering cactus which they normally love, no native bees either - so strange. I've solved the problem by hand polinating, but not why the bees are not interested.
Lots of Basil & self sown Bok Choy, but lettuce are very slow, we may have had lots of rain but hardly seen the sun for a month, also I think the rain is leaching nutrients. Can anyone sugest why my tomatoes have no taste - I think it must be lack of something in the soil, calcium or potash?
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