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Well after watching the rain for how many weeks now and pretty much everything being dead in the vegie patch except for weeds of course.  Today I sat out under the verandah, filled some jiffy pots with seed raising mix and planted a whole lot of seeds so hopefully when the rain eventually stops I will be all ready to go.

Checked one of the worm farms and added some more food, not much else that can be done on these rainy days.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 10, 2011 at 23:10
Never having eaten KK I can only say that the tips both stems and leaves of SP are quite tender and tasty. If the stem snaps in your fingers it is tender to eat, if you have to cut it, it's not.
Comment by Florence on January 10, 2011 at 21:24

That's right, water spinach is another name for Kang Kong... I've tried the sweet Potato leaves.... I found I prefer the Kang Kong leaves over sweet potatoes, but since I have so much of the SP will probably try picking just the tips and see if that's better.

I'm not hopeful with the eggplant as other then not many leaves, the fruits seems to have shriveled and mummified.. I do put compost into the eggplant's bed, but wherever I put compost, the chicken digs up.. .. I think coz the worms likes the compost, and the chickens likes the worms.  They seem to like the eggplant's bed a lot too, so the soil in that bed's also in a sorry state... 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 10, 2011 at 15:14
Is Water Spinach another name for Kang Kong? If so, KK is a Sweet-Potato relative and you can eat the young shoots of SP as you would KK. The Eggplants will bounce back, give them a feed of Organic Xtra/Compost/Worm Castings, pull off the munched leaves and expect to see new leaves in the next day or so. Eggplants love all this heat and water but do need a good feed to continue.
Comment by Florence on January 10, 2011 at 10:48
The sweet potato vines are loving this rain.. too bad I am not into them.... wish I had water spinach planted.. it would thrive in this wet.. at least I've got the waterchestnuts in the ground... Even my eggplants are looking miserable now, suprisingly my angled luffa is producing! Gotta plant more of these! Have to save some seeds when it's producing more ~
Comment by Donna on January 10, 2011 at 7:52
You've done more than me, I am so over this rain.  Everything is sodden and the children are sick of being stuck inside - they have played in the mud a few times but getting clothes dry is an issue too ;)

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