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It gets thrilling when the plants you angst over start delivering...

  • My Tomatillos are coming on keenly so I'm looking forward to Salsa Verde: Green Tomatillo Salsa.
  • With what's coming on and many cuttings taken off in reserve, this Summer I won't run out of Katuk leaves.
  • The many Pigeon Peas I planted  are taking off.
  • Have I enough Molokhia -- Egyptian spinach --  planted?  one of my favourite greens.
  • Given my current cuisine preferences I must always have celery on hand and Celery Leaf is a generous and consistent supply.
  • I'm ecstatic! Finally I have reliable cukes: Siberian Cucumbers are go!
  • One of my fav salad greens which seems to tolerate the heat -- Endive.
  • Buried about and now climbing forth, Purple Yam vines are clambering skywards.
  • Very slow to grow but uniquely crisp and tasty - Rock Samphire. 
  • The most reliable sweet pepper with none of the angst -- Perennial Capsicum. Not so useful for salads but a great cooking  pepper.
  • My Potato crop is still coming on and I'm still harvesting.
  • My Prickly Pears have taken (this is Queensland after all)  -- so i'm hoping to start harvesting the paddles -- nopales --  for salsa very soon.
  • I've decided to target grow Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes. So far so good.
  • More underneath treasures: I'm planning on plenty of Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) to harvest.

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Comment by Dave Riley on October 28, 2015 at 21:23
  • Endive is here
  • Katuk planted from my own and market cuttings (such as now). 
  • Pigeon Peas - via locally grown stock at Indian/Fijian  grocers or seed suppliers. 
  • Purple Yams and Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes  from produce bought at markets and grocers (eg: Morayfield). Other sources too. There's a big world of yams lout there....
  • Perennial Capsicums from  Green Harvest
  • Sunchokes from tubers but also market stall and seed companies like GH.
  • Rock Samphire cuttings here. Seeds here.. but not reliable.
  • Molokhia is sold as Egyptian Spinach.
  • Celery  Leaf is common from Chinese grocers and seed suppliers.
Comment by Dave Riley on October 28, 2015 at 21:07
Comment by Rob Collings on October 28, 2015 at 19:38

All looking nice and healthy Dave.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on October 28, 2015 at 19:19

WOW Dave, everything is looking so healthy.  I haven't heard of quite a number of your plants.

Comment by Susan on October 28, 2015 at 19:10

Hi Dave, I did a search on siberian cucumbers but couldn't find anything.  Where did you get them from?

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