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

It’s been very dry and hot recently – fairly normal for this time of year.  I have to water every day.

My guerrilla gardening / growing of papaya trees has not been very successful.  Mealy bugs have been destroying the trees.

I had to prune many papaya branches off several papaya trees - mealy bugs

I had to prune many papaya branches off several papaya trees – mealy bugs

 

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mealy bugs

And then strong winds have knocked some over, after which a lorry drove over them and killed them. Plumbago has possibly   killed one tree by hogging all the water.  So now there are only four  (clumps of) trees left.  And in four years and so much work I still have only managed to harvest one papaya.

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Plumbago and remaining papaya

 

leaving this bud on plant to collect roselle seeds.

leaving this bud on plant to collect Roselle seeds.

 

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Rosemary and a few baby limes are growing well.

 

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Lime

 

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papaya

 

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They seem to have recovered the moved from one pot to two

 

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Baby limes have little shoots now

 

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Plumbago is happy with water and sun

 

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I moved this lime to a sunnier location from elsewhere and it’s recovering

 

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I also moved these mock orange to a sunnier location and it’s helped them a lot

 

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I have been harvesting the limes from the tree

 

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The pumpkin vines are growing all over the place

 

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I normally get two mini pumpkin a day

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Nice weather for Bougainvillea.

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Thirsty, but doing well

 

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A few red chillis

 

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lemongrass

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