Have been a while since I last updated this blog. This update will be longer than usual.
The soil at the back of our backyard is really poor. So I planted some potatoes last year to try to improve the soil - the idea is that the potatoes will break up the soil. Due to my poor harvesting skill, there were quite a few of them left in the ground. This season, we put mushroom compost and chicken manure before planting the beans and snow peas. What a surprise when I see the potatoes 'ambushing' my beans and snow peas. It turned out to be a good 'idea' - the potatoes were protecting the beans and snow peas from the scorching sun (we had a few days of reaching high 30s here in Melbourne). The potatoes were ready for harvest first, so the beans and snow peas now have all the nutrient of the soil for themselves. This photo was taken 3 days before Christmas.
The bean just sprouted in early Nov. The following photos were taken on 2 Nov.
|ready for harvest soon - taken on 22 Dec|
This year I am obsessed with rockmelon! I have a rockmelon that sprouted out from my compost once, we loved it so much that I decided to grow them this year. To play it safe (safety by numbers), I have planted them among the beans, the strawberries and the vegetables. One of those places got to be the right place to grow rockmelon.
|Rockmelon among the beans|
|rockmelon among the vegetables|
|Strawberries - you can't see the rockmelon yet, but it's right in the middle of the patch|
Here is the rockmelon - taken on 22/12/2012
|Lettuce - before harvest|
|Another view of the lettuce after harvest|
|After harvest, you can now see the carrot and tomatoes growing|
|closeup of the carrot|
This is the first time I grow Chinese cabbage - the pests get to them before I do. I should be so thankful that they left a few leaves for me to eat.
|another batch of beans next to the fence|
|4 weeks later|
|pots of coriander, lemongrass, chickpea|
|Carrot, coriander growing at the back of the container 22/12/2012|
|tomato in the strawberries patch|
|2/11/2012 - cucumber hasn't germinated, neither has zucchini|
|2/12/2012 - how they have grown!|
|22/12/2012 - cucumber flowering|
|known as kang kong (Malaysia)|