As I mentioned here, I was having some problems with my zucchinis.
Since then I transplanted them from the kiddie pool they were in to a garden bed that I’ve attempted to revitalise. Alas, the zucchinis were growing no larger there – until I discovered what everyone else probably already knows about zucchinis; that there are two types of flowers, males and females, and the female flowers have to be pollinated by the male flowers. The ones I’d picked before hadn’t been pollinated, so never grew beyond that size. So obviously, with no bees in my garden, I was going to have to do it myself. So I’ve been out there at 7am some mornings handpollinating them just to make sure it happens.
Passionfruits have a rather amusing history in my family, but here’s the one I planted in just December, and has grown from half a foot to this in late January. It’s already flowering, so I may even squeeze out a fruit or two before autumn hits.
The saddest thing was that almost the entire worm farm died on a particularly hot day (drowned in their own urine – what a way to go) and the same happened when I transplanted my pumpkin from a pot to the garden (it just got obliterated by the sun). I’ve since got more worms, so the farm is back up and running, though my pumpkin still needs a lot of healing before it’ll even look like fruiting. Of course by then it’ll probably be too late.
Still, I’m pretty happy overall. More to come on my gardening adventures.