Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in January 2016

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.

Canna Lilies

Canna Lilies

 

Canna Lilies

Canna Lillies

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.

climbing beans

climbing beans

climbing beans

climbing beans

So I had to pull them out.

drying the bean plants in the sun

drying the bean plants in the sun before composting

So the garden is quite bare.

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pumpkin vines survived the beans

But a couple of pumpkin plants survived.

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pumpkin vines

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.

mini-pumpkin

mini-pumpkin

 

mini-pumpkin

mini-pumpkin

There still remain a couple of passion fruit which are not yet ripe on the vines, a month after the last of the crop.

passion fruit

passion fruit

The limes going well, too.

limes growing

limes growing

 

limes growing

another lime tree growing well. Still too young for fruit.

The younger papaya trees in a pot are doing OK.

papaya in pot

papaya in pot

However, mealy bugs still attack and I have to clean them off.

mealy bugs

mealy bugs on underside of leaves

The papayas below are also attacked by mealy bugs, which either will stunt the growth or kill them.

these papaya surviving despite almost no rain

these papaya surviving despite almost no rain

 

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

 

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

 

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

 

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

 

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

Bougainvillea are naturally happy with this weather

And finally, the chilli plant is producing chillis, but also has produced one bell pepper – seen at bottom.

chilli plant

chilli plant

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