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The garden at the Manor has really suffered over the last month particularly.  Up until then, things were producing quite well.  Then it got hot.... really hot... 

The silverbeet in the little dogs' yard suffered first.  They've been removed now.  The pumpkins and zuchinnis in the front garden are pretty much cactus. It's hot, dry and unprotected out there.  I lost a few things (eggplant and lettuce mostly) in the big girls' yard.  I'm having to shift to perpetual spinach until the heat goes away.

So what's going well?  My Rozies' damn passionfruit (which of course I don't really eat) are producing heaps of fruit but the vines look a bit sad in the middle. Herbs seem to love it at the moment, as does the spinach. Oh, and I am about to get a good crop of cucumbers (which of course I don't really eat either).

Last week I thought it was finally cooling down, so I planted snow peas.  I think that may have been a mistake because it was damn hot again today. 

Anyway, I did a video walk through if anyone is interested (or can't sleep).

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Comment by Lissa on February 18, 2014 at 4:10

Yacon should still have some time to go yet. Plants should grow tall, flower and die back before harvesting (that's been my experience these last two years). I was quite surprised that Lyn was able to pull a good sized bit of Yacon for us to sample from her patch on Sunday.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 17, 2014 at 23:08

One was harvested at the GV yesterday and we all sampled a slice. Probably about time to harvest, have the plants started to die?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 17, 2014 at 22:21

I think summer decided to give us a final kick in the guts before it leaves for autumn Darren.  And, talk about dry!

Comment by DARREN JAMES on February 17, 2014 at 22:05

Hi Elaine my garden is also  a shocker and as with Andrews my passionfruit  and herbs have ben growing and producing fantastically well. My pumpkins snake beans and cucumbers will need to be replanted again after this month or fierce heat is over.My yacon is also on life support have you heard on the grape vine sorry pun not intended if anyone else is  having problem with the yacon as well

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 16, 2014 at 8:33

Cukes are sensational with some other fruits or veges in juice.

Comment by Lissa on February 16, 2014 at 6:06

The cool weather is coming Andy, peak growing time for us in Brisbane and a cause for excitement each year!

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