not much…

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The Passiflora are blooming. Two of them.

… And that’s pretty much all I got. It was a rainy week- after a few days of dry weather, we got a few little storms and the rain re-soaked the plants. The hibiscus are even struggling a bit, which makes me concerned.

BUT the mornings are breezy and cool(er), and when it doesn’t drain, things tend to dry out quickly.

So I’m holding on to hope that fall weather really *is* just around the corner. I just have to remind myself of last year- I started planting a bunch of seeds in September last year and they all got washed out (epic Nasturtium fail) and then in October and November everything EXPLODED back to life. So I just need to hang on these last few weeks, and then I’ll have more to do in the garden than I can handle.

(AND I CAN’T WAIT!!)

In the meantime, I’m thinking more about fruits and vegetables. I’m pretty sure I want to get a dwarf banana tree, as well as the clementine tree. Both those fruits will be devoured. But I’m trying to come up with more veggies to plant. There are a few issues- first is that since I’m mainly container gardening, space is TINY. Growing veggies tends to take up space. We’d want a small plant that produces a lot of veggies- that’s why we grow tomatoes and eggplants.

Second issue is that since the plant needs to be inside the lanai (due to whitefly and snail infestations on the island), it needs to be something I can pollinate by hand or that doesn’t require pollination.

So that limits our options. We eat tons of greens, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, etc. but all of those things are sort of “one batch wonders”, meaning planting a few of those will only *yield* enough for one meal. We’ve tried broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, and onions but it was a lot of work to make it happen in containers, and they yield was pitiful.

So, I’m thinking a lot about veggies- what’s out there and what we can grow. Maybe peppers. And I’ve heard about some sort of container corn they have now, but need to research that.

As you can tell, it was sort of a quiet, boring week in the garden. Just a lot of watching the rain and daydreaming about the winter ahead.

Just a few more weeks, right?

Comments 1

  1. Misti wrote:

    So, you could do a sweet potato vine and eat the greens!

    What about collard greens?

    Radishes would do good in pots too.

    Posted 27 Sep 2013 at 1:43 pm

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