January has been hot, dry, mostly sunny, with a just a few evening showers or thunderstorms. Mostly glorious days. The Canna Lilies seem to be enjoying this weather. I just water them and give them dried leaf litter.
I was growing what I thought were climbing beans. Being legumes they should add nitrogen to the soil, which the passion fruit plants like. But these beans plants were taking over, and crowding out and killing other plants, and still after months hadn’t even flowered, let alone producing beans.
So I had to pull them out.
So the garden is quite bare.
But a couple of pumpkin plants survived.
So far all I have got is mini-pumpkins from the pumpkin vines. These taste like courgettes / zucchini. I harvest one or two per day at the moment. Perhaps later full size pumpkins will grow.
There still remain a couple of passion fruit which are not yet ripe on the vines, a month after the last of the crop.
The limes going well, too.
The younger papaya trees in a pot are doing OK.
However, mealy bugs still attack and I have to clean them off.
The papayas below are also attacked by mealy bugs, which either will stunt the growth or kill them.
And finally, the chilli plant is producing chillis, but also has produced one bell pepper – seen at bottom.