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It's been a long time since I've blogged here, as there's been a lot less activities in the garden for me over the past year.  I've been spending a lot more time in the kitchen since I'm married ^^" ironically needing more produce than ever ~


So far, I have harvested a few herbs (Chives, Garlic Chives, Coriander, and Parsley), some peas, their shoots, some sweet corn, a bit of lettuces, two strawberries, some squash and lucerne mulch.


With the weather warming up nicely before December, a few more things were popping out of the ground, like the galangal (I think), Cassava, Taro, and ginger.  These will take a long time to see a crop, much like the cosmic purple carrots planted months ago which are still in the ground! 

There appears to be no pollination on the squash, and the angled luffa without my assistance.  May have something to do with not enough flowers in my garden... I used to grow some flowers, especially the easy ones like sunflowers and marigold, but I was a little reluntant to give up some space here for them since it's such a premium... but I think I'll need to sow some flowers to attract more bees... Does ants affect pollination?  I have a lot of ants on the Curcurbit flowers ... do they take pollens?

One thing that was surprising me was the volunteered purple podded peas.  This picture was taken in mid December... I guess it was due to the mild start to summer this year.. it died during those few days of 30+ degrees earlier this month...


The tomatoes I planted in Autumn are still struggling along, although the growth sped up when summer came, but the hot 30+ few days have knocked them back a bit, and so are my white chokos, and angled luffa planted a bit later.  They are not putting on leaves anywhere near as much as how they used to grow... it could be that it's my first time growing them in polyethelyne boxes rather than in the ground?

The strawberries appears to be doing much better since I moved them out of the pergola to get more sun. 

Next, I’ll have to find some time to do some gardening at my mum’s place so that she’ll get some crops in a couple of months ~  There are only self sown stuff growing last time I was there, and the beds seriously need some refilling and mulching!


By the way, I’ve made a new blog at, and have removed my old blog from my profile which was not gardening specific.

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Comment by Florence on January 24, 2012 at 9:01

Thanks Lissa ~ It's good to know it's not just my choko's struggling, so I can blame it on the weather :)  For some reason my choko vines have never been really productive, either struggles, or have lots of foliage but not so much chokos ...

Thanks Mark ~ I've never tried the dried purple king beans, but my mum have put them in soups and it seems to be okay ^^ ... I've tried growing mung beans as green manure, but forgotten about them and the pods appears to open and flick out the beans on maturity, do you bag your mung beans to catch them, or pick them just before maturity?   I'd like to grow some Azuki / red/ kidney beans too, quite a few Chinese dessert recipes uses them...

Comment by Mark Thomson on January 24, 2012 at 8:22

Hi Florence the new blog is great  .

Have you tried the dried  purle king beans as a pulse bean in any cooking recipe ? ..I grow mung bean and black eyed peas as well as bertolli and kidney bean . but have an over abundance of dried purple king beans at the moment . Could thoseDried  purple king bean be used in a similar way to Kidney or bertolli, dried beans ? 

Comment by Lissa on January 23, 2012 at 7:53

Nice blog Florence :)

Love the purple peas - so many wonderful veg to try. My chokos (both white and green) struggle each time the heat peaks, but then they come back again as soon as it rains. I expect they will give me fruit again in autumn when things cool down a bit.

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