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I love the time of the year when our subtropical climate makes plant growth go to levels not ever experienced in temperate climates. It can be now, mid or late summer when the temperatures are warm and the rain regular. Now is such a time. Here a few photos in my garden where I'm seeing this. I'm sure everybody is experiencing something similar with subtropical plants such as choko, squash, etc.

LabLab bean growing in abundance. Do I pick now or wait until they are pulses?

More LabLab bean but protected by Vege Net this time. Pollination not a problem but I did hedge my bets by doing some manual pollination. Lots of ants around so maybe they helped with this.

Dinosaur kale doing well once protected by Vege Net. Outside this protection the cabbage white butterfly decimates the plant

'Sticky' corn among the beans (LabLab and Mung). This plant is almost as tall as I am!

Basil mixture doing well. These include Cinnamon, Thai, Black Opal and Sweet varieties

As you would expect sweet potato loves these climate conditions. Thriving with the cherry tomatoes in a typical chaotic looking tropical abundance setting

Similarly passionfruit also gets in with the action. No fruit just yet for this season

My Dragonfruit plants are particularly vigorous. This one is using a Moringa tree as a trellis. Also notice in the background another one starting to climb up the wall

My Moringa trees aren't doing as well as I expected but I suspect this is because the rain has washed some of the nutrients from the potted soil. This one is flowering nicely though. I don't expect pods this year as the tree is too young

Finally the hot humid weather doesn't just supersize the growth and size of plants. This huntsman was a monster. I believe it still patrols my house

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Comment by Lissa on November 20, 2015 at 5:43

Love your huntsman, a male btw (lean hips/small abdomen).

Your garden is looking wonderful.

What is sticky corn? Are those Moringa flowers? wow. Mine is still mostly a stick with a couple of bits of green on it. Hope I too get flowers :)

Comment by Susan on November 18, 2015 at 21:07

Looks great! Everything is so easy this time of year - lulling us into a false sense of security and then BAM! Summer heat hits and it's watering everyday and things getting away from us :)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 17, 2015 at 23:14

Looking very good mate. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 17, 2015 at 20:41

Reading about Moringa, the people who harvest the trees for sale keep them as large shrubs. Harvest frequently and don't let the plant become a tree is the way I understand it. My Moringas have rocked up from Daley's, yet to plant them. I won't be letting them grow wild as I did the first Moringa.

Comment by Rob Collings on November 17, 2015 at 20:28

That's some really nice productive growing you've got happening Phil. Love your beans and greens. The vegenet hoop house is working well for you, it would be nice not to have those moths.

Comment by Christa on November 17, 2015 at 19:58

Phil, Looks like everything is thriving in your patch, nice spider, I like them.  The moringa flowers look lovely.  I have just received one from Daleys today.   Look forward to the challenge of growing it in my garden.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 17, 2015 at 19:34

Those lablab beans look great, Phil. With that sort of abundance, you should be able to have your beans (for later as pulses) and eat them (green) too. You could send the huntsman outside to deal with any stray possums or turkeys - who needs a dog when the spiders are that big? 

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