October 12, 2012 at 3:00 am #528158BlueWrenMember
All I can think of is the cold last night!! They were all fine before that in their little green house.Down to 1C here tomorrow am, frost in some places ……last week we had a day with 35C.The Moringas are indoors tonight.I guess Isa is chilly tonight too.Hope your fruit will be OK.
I just Googled .10C for you tomorrow saturday at 6.00am.October 12, 2012 at 3:06 am #528159
Darn the 1C might just have been the cause BW 🙁 And yes its “chilly” here tonight lol.. about 16C currently.. maybe down to 14/15C at the lowest I’d guess.October 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm #528160BronMember
Your garden is looking fabulous! We’ve just started having warm weather (then really cold days following storms. Go figure) so my plants are starting to grow.October 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm #528161
Thanks Bron 🙂
Along with growing a small range of vegetables, I’ve also began planting a range of subtropical and tropical fruits..
Here is the avocado I planted a few weeks ago.. I’m quite pleased with its progress so far.. at the base of the fruit trees I’ve planted so far, I’ve planted cucurbits; melons, pumpkins, cucumbers etc- mainly to make use of the area I have to water :whistle:
The sweet potato are also doing well so far.. planted a few more sweetcorn amongst them..
In the same bed as the sweet potato are some more cos lettuce, small coloured lettuce and rocket
Along the back fence behind the sweet potato I’ve planted some loofah.. As I’ve never previously grown or eaten a loofah I am quite excited to see how they fare….
Yellow Cherry Tomato’s I germinated are planted along the adjacent fence in the same bed
There are also a few capsicum plants behind the eggplant at the back of the sweet potato..October 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm #528162October 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm #528163October 14, 2012 at 9:41 am #528164clareccMember
Looking good – interesting contrast to Perth. What veges do the locals usually grow? Is there anything you didn’t even try due to the different climate/soil?October 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm #528165
Hi Clarecc.. the few locals I’ve managed to chat to seem to have success with most vegetables, even the brassicas.. however, many also have their entire vegetable garden under permanent shadecloth or affix shadecloth during the extreme summer temperatures.
There isn’t anything I have thought not to try growing here so far; though I am experiencing problems with sooty mould on my zucchini’s and have lost all my roma tomatoes to blight ( i think this is what it is).. so i’ve ordered some tomato seeds that are apparently resistant to blight/fungus’.. At a guess, the vegetables that wouldn’t be worth planting would be anything that requires cold.. even though the nights here can be a little chilly, the days are all quite warm still..October 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm #528166
Picked up another load of cow manure/hay from the local cattle rail-siding.. it’s an awesome mix of pulverised poo.. basically a deep-litter cow poo system.. at $20 for a big trailer load its a great deal :tup:October 20, 2012 at 12:53 am #528167October 20, 2012 at 10:46 am #528168
I only got small tubers last year as I planted them late. From those 2 plants, I got 3-5 plants per 150mm pot, 9 pots and I’ve planted them out. Same height as yours. So replacement is exponential.
As for the taste, it was nice. Even my kids had a go and they are fussy. A little pear-y from memory.
And your loofah, watch how fast it grows when the water is available. Last year was my first time and it does at least 30cm a day.October 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm #528169
Hi SOP… sure hope the loofah planted here grow as fast as yours did.. just germinated another 6.. hoping to get them to cover the dividing fence and provide some afternoon shade for the rest of the garden bed. Did you eat any of the loofah or leave them all to set seed/form internal the “sponge” structure??
I think I have 6 yacon planted all up. so far they’ve been quite slow to grow :blink:
how high did yours grow??October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm #528170
Probably between 1 and 1.2 metres. Keeping in mind that I didn’t irrigate but we had the one of the wettest Summers. This year will be very different it seems. Out of water, maintenance watering only to keep things from dying.
I didn’t eat any of the loofah/luffa, I was more interested in harvesting sponges and wasn’t too sure on how many would make it through. About 80% were perfect, some got a brown rot through the fibre.
I also kept my vine small by pruning back to the nodes on any stray tendrils so my total harvest was small as well.
Only photo I have of Yacon, a month or 2 before harvest:October 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm #528171
Hi SOP. you’re loofah sure seemed to be enjoying themselves.. looking real healthy there.. was that one plant or several? and whats that they are clambering up, a swing-set frame?
the yacon appear to grow in a similar way to Jerusalem Artichoke…October 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm #528172
That was one plant, I put 2 seeds in the ground, culled one. And then every time you harvest one, you get a hundred more seeds back.
That is a swingset, and like I said, many wayward tendrils were removed to contain it. A person on another forum said hers escaped up into a Eucalypt and then rained Loofah seeds down when they split.
Soil was very poor there, and still is, I built up beds of mulch and subsoil without any fertilising regime and you should see them now, bone dry and crappy. I’ve replaced it with a green choko, in the exact same spot, and I assume the choko is waiting for it to rain. Yacon is struggling in this heat and full sun (last year the Pigeon Pea was more dense).
Turns out from looking around, there is a few different shapes of Loofah, some wider and longer, or more bell-shaped. Mine were thin and long.
More photos here: http://imgur.com/a/LGqVY
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