I think we’re way overdue for a garden update, don’t you think?
The reason why I haven’t been posting much about my gardening activities is the searing Perth summer heat – the over 40 degree week we had killed or nearly killed a few plants. The capsicum (peppers) did quite well though the heat, but did get a bit dry and wilty. So today we pulled them up and harvested a cornucopia of capsicum!
Wow, that’s postcard material, eh?
Herb garden survived because they’re hardly little buggers. Rocket (arugula) is definitely rocketing and continues to put out numerous flowers that get pollinated (the bees LOVE them) and dispense seeds everywhere…so we’ve got a lot of rocket, let’s just say that (yes it’s the one spilling onto the footpath). Green onions are doing their thing and lemongrass has gone crazy.
Rosemary is rocking along and unfortunately choked out sage, who is dying (at the very front of the photo). Kaffir lime is doing well, silverbeet got pulled up because it was at its end and passionfruit is prolific. Also unforunately in leafy growth and not flowers! I’ve hand pollenated several but they keep falling off!!! If anyone has any idea why and what can be done, I’d love to hear it in the comments. Rhubarb is in the back there looking all stressed out…let’s hope it survives. It’s not exactly a warm weather crop.
Another oddity in the garden is our strange mini rockmelons (canteloupe). They bore one melon, which is definitley rockmelon and tasted absolutely beautiful. It came up on its own and is about half the size of the normal rockmelon plant (in terms of leaves, flowers and fruit). It too has gone crazy and is bearing some little green melons (if you look closely!)
Not sure how or why this magical fruit is growing in our garden, but hey, some things you just don’t question.
Did I mention our compost pile yet? DH would appreciate it if I did since he’s been hard at work turning it every weekend (not exactly his favorite weekend activity, but you’ve got to do it because plants don’t like growing in sand.
There’s 5 more huge sacs of grass clippings waiting at the side gate – guess what you’re doing tomorrow, Chris!
Last, but not least, the wedding fig is doing really well and producing some nice fruits.
So, that’s about it for this instalment of garden update! I’m still working on the bodice of my bombshell dress, so hopefully a nice update for you on the sewing front tomorrow. It’s been a bit of work, but totally worth it. Anyways, that’s for another day.