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

Up until a week ago there had been a couple of thunderstorms with heavy rain, a couple of small rain showers, but it had otherwise been overwhelming dry and hot. Now it is starting to rain a bit more frequently, and otherwise, the rain clouds have been around, but by-passed us.

OK, so  this month’s answer – pumpkins.  I have picked several, and have several more growing, adding up to about thirteen full-size pumpkins so far.   That’s actually quite a lot, and leads to a lot of steamed pumpkin, baked pumpkin, pumpkin soup and even pumpkin pie.  With some also frozen for  future meals.  As I don’t eat so much food, pumpkin is a large part of my diet right now.

one of many pumpkins growing

one of many pumpkins growing

 

pumpkin

pumpkin picked

 

very healthy looking

very healthy looking

 

I am growing two types of pumpkin - this round one is the other type

I am growing two types of pumpkin – this round one is the other type

 

five picked today

five picked today

 

going to bake a stuffed pumpkin

going to bake a stuffed pumpkin

 

stuffed pumpkin

stuffed pumpkin

 

stuffed pumpkin

stuffed pumpkin

 

pumpkin pudding before steaming - pumpkin, egg, milk

pumpkin pudding before steaming – pumpkin, egg, milk, sugar

 

steaming

steaming puddings

 

steamed

steamed – they are really delicious

 

toasted seeds - I saved some seeds for planting next season, though

toasted seeds – I also saved some seeds for planting next season, though

 

after baking

after baking

 

after baking

after baking

 

dinner

dinner with salad

 

passionfruit seedlings - some had come from compost, and the ones in the brown pot from germinating seeds

passion fruit seedlings – some had come from compost and I replanted them, and the ones in the brown pot from germinating seeds

 

another pumpkin plant has started growing - it just appeared in the garden

another pumpkin plant has started growing – it just appeared in the garden

 

I keep bumping my head on this one, so the ribbon is supposed to remind me it's there

I keep bumping my head on this one, so the ribbon is supposed to remind me it’s there

 

limes developing well

limes developing well

 

Canna Lilies coming up

Canna Lilies coming up

 

ginger is not so happy in this small pot, because they grow laterally

ginger is not so happy in this small pot, because they grow laterally.  We harvested some and made ginger juice – and it’s delicious

 

tumeric happy

tumeric happy

 

we bought some grape vines - not sure where to plant them

we bought some grape vines – not sure where to plant them

 

rosemary - only one of the three seedlings we bought survived

rosemary – only one of the three seedlings we bought survived.  Aloe Vera in background

After the passion fruit season ended I pruned the vines, and then around February / March tried germinating the seeds.  I have also pruned the mock Orange by now. So hopefully the rainy season will belatedly come, and I won’t have to water most days.  Still, most plants are pretty happy and growing nicely.

 

 

 

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