I harvest this amount every 2 or 3 days! The vines are starting to look a bit naked as my dad picks all the dead leaves off, but still bearing well.
I intend to leave 3 plants and pull out the rest, leaving the ground clear for new plantings (after digging in compost, of course!). In the "greens" department, we are still eating well, with tatsoi, wongbok and kale providiing the main components of stirfrys. I notice this year that the bugs have been leaving the leafy greens alone - maybe the nasturtium growing lushly amongst them has helped!
Kangkong has continued to grow in the planter boxes, loved the rain!
I get a handful of snowpeas every 2 days, a welcome addition to the dinner table, I'll have to plant some more, perhaps in the part vacated by tomatoes...
Choko production is slowing down, but still going. We've enjoyed them in soups and casseroles, or steamed and baked, also pickles from the spares -
Salad greens are still in abundance, baby lettuces - I forgot to label the seeds when I saved them, so it was random sowing wherever there was a spare bit of dirt, under the snowpeas, amongst the onions... rocket is going to seed, I really have to sow another patch, as I do love rocket in everything!
Mustard greens are also getting mature, and really hot!
Celery is coming on, and have been thrown into salads, soups and casseroles - the stems are still skinny and leafy, but taste good. I planted 2 rows of Purple King beans next to the celery, a few seedlings have just started to appear, and hopefully they'll climb onto the nice "frame" I've made with stakes and string!
My Asian herbs have survived the cold and rain quite well, I'm especially proud of the pandan plant, which has thrown out a few babies, also the laksa leaf (Vietnamese mint) crawling amongst the kale and mustard greens.
Can't wait for the broccoli to mature, but no signs of cauliflowers yet, although the plants are big and healthy.
Not much variety with fruit offerings - just custard apples and custard apples - we pick at least a dozen a week, sweet as honey, and some quite large, nearly a kilo! The self propagated strawberry from last year's effort is valiantly trying to fruit...
My experimental potatoes (supermarket ones) have come up quite well, even with no direct sun! And the taro (yam?) I put in a polystyrene box have sprouted!
Okay, now for the sad news - our heavy bearing pawpaw tree has been a casualty of the recent wet weather - the leaves all died, and we had to pick the green pawpaws - over 20 of them. I have a very nice pawpaw curry recipe if anyone is interested - and pawpaw pickles, and pawpaw chutney!
No success with carrots yet - sigh - and the silverbeet has steadily gone downhill after its initial spurt of growth, the stems are grayish and brittle, almost like frost bitten. And my "lots a lemons" dwarf looks miserable, no new flowers. We harvested 5 huge fruit, now nothing - will have to nurse it back to health with fertilisers, compost etc.
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