How is the vegie patch?

let us know how your vegie patch survived and what techniques you employed to save it during the record heatwave


or make a comment to this post and i will put it up on the blog. I lost numerous herb seedlings, but i suppose the survivors will be hardy.



~ by growingourown on February 1, 2009.

2 Responses to “How is the vegie patch?”

  1. How are the worms?

    No blame. The worms that have been part of a shared environment, our well loved little pets saving methane emissions have died in farm loads in the heatwave. Mainly by meltdown. Who’d want to live in a black plastic box in 43 degrees?

    I recommend cleaning out the farm soon. Bury the stuff that you’ll find in the bottom box. Otherwise maggots and flies will overtake you, and it’ll be hard to re-start the farm again with the smell of death lingering.

  2. The ‘Mediterranean’ plants did the best – Olive, Loquat, Sage, Hyssop, Thyme, Artichokes, Rosemary, (although it’s the first time I’ve ever seen Rosemary wilt, it recovered as the day cooled off.)

    The more ‘Tropical and Sub-tropical’ plants such as Mango, Avocado, White Sapote, Citrus, enjoyed the heat if they had sufficient moisture, but couldn’t stand the intense sun and had to be shaded, or they were scorched.

    The same for Pepinos and Tamarillos, they had to have shelter, as did all the vegetables – Tomatoes baked on the vine, lettuces dropped flat, Capsicums drooped…

    The Raspberries weren’t all that happy!

    My worms were OK under shadecloth, a little stressed but fine. I have nearly killed then in previous hot Summers, so keep them under shadecloth now.

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