Its been an extremely dry Winter, as one would expect, that meant lots of additional watering and mulching. I had some spectacular flops with disease taking out the bean plants and making my pride and joy-the red paw paw trees very sick. The red paw paw's have all contracted black spot, a dreadful fungal disease that comes from poor soil. I have researched this problem and there seems to only one way to fix it, cut them all down and start again. I am devastated as the two mature trees have fruit on them. I knew in my heart that the soil in my tiny veggie plot was not great but I didn't think it was that bad. That is a big lesson learnt.
|Black spot both on the fruit and leaves|
|From a distance, all look well, lots of fruit and new flowers|
|I tried to cut off the leaves of this red paw paw to stop the spread of this disease, but it had already taken hold.|
All my herbs have been bountiful and great to have on hand during Winter
And the mustard seeds that Morag from Our Permaculture Life gave us, when I did the "Introduction to Permaculture" have all germinated and are growing nicely. I have let a couple of Bok Choy plants go to seed these "sacrificial plants" this will enable me to harvest more seeds for the next crop while attracting bees to the garden. I wish every plant grew like this perennial Coriander, see all the seed heads, it is so prolific.
We have been enjoying passionfruit with our fruit and yoghurt for breakfast every morning. It is such a strong vigorous vine. We didn't plant this vine, it must have been deposited by a bird flying past, I must say the placement was perfect! This vine is now 5 years old and has been cut back to the ground twice so this may be the last season for this passionfruit.
The pineapple plants are doing well, I just "screw in" in the spiky tops of the pineapples and let them do their thing. It does take forever to produce fruit but it is fun and its free. I had two amazingly healthy plants come up by themselves at the end of the pineapple patch. The coriander and cherry tomato are growing in hardly any soil but are thriving.
The fruit trees have survived winter and are looking healthy. The top two are a Lychee and a Grumichama and bottom one is a Panama Cherry
One reader asked about the Jaboticaba that I had bought, as hers was flowering and asked if mine was doing the same. Well, no, it's not and I think it will be a long time until it is. Apparently they are very slow growing, so maybe future grandchildren will be able to enjoy the fruits of the one
I have had so many pumpkins start out well like this but then they just fall off, hopefully this one will make it.
So, over to you, what is growing in your garden at this time of year?