This week we have been kept busy watering as the temperatures have been very high again. Today the tents are back up and the ice blocks are in the compost as it is forecast to hit 43 degrees!
The eggplants and capsicums are finally fruiting. They are quite a bit later than last year’s crop, but were planted around the same time. We are putting it down to the lower temperatures in December. The capsicum looked gorgeous, but when we picked it we found it had a small hole and its insides had been eaten by an unknown bug. Most disappointing.
The jalapeños are finally turning red. I am looking forward to making a vegetable chilli in the next few weeks.
Lots of grapes this year. Jamie sprayed them every fortnight with eco oil and eco fungicide as we have had an issue with powdery mildew in the past. This year we didn’t lose nearly as many though some did get cooked by the ridiculous January heat.
The heirloom Digger’s Tigerella tomatoes have been fabulous and quite prolific. They are not as big as a conventional tomato, but bigger than a cherry; not quite large enough to preserve as I don’t enjoy peeling tomatoes. Tigerellas are red/orange with thin green stripes so look great and they taste amazing! We have had a few Roma tomatoes too, but most are still green.
We picked the Buttercup pumpkin as it had stopped growing. I think it objected to the magpies constantly pecking at it. It is not as large as it should be, but should still be tasty. It is going in tonight’s Vindaloo!
At the Happy Patch we picked the last of the spinach, corn, cucumbers and rocket. The carrots and zucchini are still going. We plan on planting more carrots just as soon as the weather calms down a little.
The squash there has been mostly as disappointing as at home. They look great to start with, but then shrivel up and die. We think it is the plant not the soil as the same is happening at home.
The watermelons are growing so quickly; they went from 3 centimetres long to 40 centimetres in 10 days! We have found three so far, but there may be more under all the foliage. There are two large heirloom buttercup pumpkins too. I hope there are more hiding in the patch somewhere.