It has been a particularly busy Saturday with the highlight of the day being a lovely drive to a previously unexplored and beautiful area in Buderim where we went to a garage sale. The beautiful suburb with majestic residences is set amongst magnificent native trees. We bought some very reasonably priced potted plants, including one deep red pelargonium. The afternoon was spent weeding and watering the garden, walking and preparing ripened bananas for dehydrating. Consequently it is going to be a late Six on Saturday from me, and, with February almost over, it is time to review what happened in the vegetable garden during the month.
As you know, last week saw the end of our Bishop Cap peppers, all destroyed by the fruit sucking moths that descended on it one night. We covered the citrus trees with a light bird netting which seems to be sufficient to protect the fruit. The fruit we covered seems to be protected from the moths. Mr S used plastic plumbing tube to create a frame over the trees, making it easier to pull the net over the top of them. We purchased a large 10x5m piece of net and were able to cover all three citrus trees with it.
The kale is nearing the end of its production and more and more grubs can be found hidden in the curly parts of its leaves. The Chinese cabbage is in a similar predicament. Although we regularly have a plant in the vegetable garden, it becomes the sacrificial plant as it appears to be a firm favourite with all the grubs; its leaves get peppered by them!
The climbing beans are into final production it seems. However, the climbing spinach is rampant, and covered with berries.
Next up are the vine cops. We have had mixed success with our pumpkins, with some vines not producing any fruit at all. These vines have been removed. During the week we have noticed that quite a few of the newly set pumpkins have yellowed and dropped off. The bees have been frantically collecting the pollen from the pumpkin flowers at daybreak. Mr S usually picks a male flower to pollinate any open female flowers, but over the past few weeks he has noticed that there is no pollen left on the stamens to pollinate any female flowers. Despite this slight setback we should have a good harvest of around 10 pumpkins.
Continuing with the vine crops, the cucumber vines are no longer producing, and the luffa is still flowering but not setting much fruit. It is also less one fruit as I mistakenly thought it was a cucumber and picked it! Definitely too spongy to be a cucumber! (The featured photo shows a bee visiting a luffa flower) The other vine that has been an enormous success during summer is the yellow button squash. We have a couple of plants, but one has reached the end of its production. Mr S removed it earlier today. It had grown to 4 metres in length!
Finally, the figs. We have had a good crop of fresh figs this year, and there are still more to come! The older tree is thriving in a pot, and one of its cuttings, potted up and placed next to it, is doing very well too.
That is my final Six on Saturday for February. I’m off to look at other SoS’s. You can too! Head over to the Prop’s Blog here and see what is happening in other gardens, or better still, join in!