What’s growing, fruiting, flowering, germinating and cropping in our tropical food garden in August. Remember, we’re in the southern hemisphere, just 16 degrees south of the Equator, you may have to flip the seasons if you’re in the tropics in the northern hemisphere. August is the last month of winter for us and we’re in the dry season. We’ve had a good amount of light rain through to the start of August but we can feel it’s getting warmer during the day now and there’s been no rain for a few days. Nights are still cool here.
Most plants in our tropical food garden will grow as perennials. By keeping this month by month record I’m trying to learn and become a better gardener.
Still not ripe, new fruit still forming. One fell victim to the chickens and when we found it looking sad and brown it was golden yellow inside and the small was amazing. I don’t think we’re very good at knowing when to pick them.
1st of August – First Flowers
Peppers and Chillies
Something is eating our yellow peppers just as they start to fully form and ripen. Birds? Mice? Rats? But every pepper has vanished, clean-cut at the stem, overnight
Thai bird’s eye chili seedlings are growing. These were grown from seed from the original huge plant which died recently due to unknown causes.
The chilli plants we bought and planted out in the wet ( December) that never grew ( most died) are growing well now.
We plant more every week or so, but the original plants from which we harvested in July are producing more flowers. According to the seed packet these bush beans crop within 9 weeks of planting, which seems accurate.
Flowering, producing more beans, harvesting beans. The Snake beans are doing well. The association between green ants and snake beans is interesting. Tip : Chickens like green ant nests.
Flowering, flowering, never forming fruit. I’ve tried hand pollinating with a paintbrush, still no fruit. Eggplant flowers, in theory, can self pollinate and all that’s required is a bit of wind or air movement. I don’t think my aubergines have read the memo. Apparently, it’s best to try and hand pollinate early in the morning. We continue to try.
The pumpkin plants are flowering but still no fruit. We have tried hand pollinating but no joy. Pumpkins tend to have separate male and female flowers, every time I go to try and pollinate there isn’t a male and a female open. Must try harder. These were grown from seed from a commercially bought pumpkin we ate. Maybe it won’t work.
Going strong, still flowering, self-seeding and attracting bees. We’re making sure there is plenty of Thai basil around the garden to keep those bees coming!
These flat-leaved chives seem pretty indestructible. We failed to grow regular chives here years ago so we switched to garlic or flat-leaved chives. We planted these as seedlings in December. The plants are grown and we use handfuls of the leaves regularly.
Flowering and forming fruit. I spotted a bee!
Seeds planted 5th of August
We have around 10 pineapple plants grown from tops that were gifted to us. I’d estimate them to be up to a year old. The biggest one just started to flower and/or fruit, in mid August, photo at the top of the page.
Harvesting leaves for greens, planting more, partly as ground cover, mostly to eat the leaves. First flowers on the sweet potato plants – I don’t know if this signifies anything, but they’re pretty, pink and very much like the morning glory flowers to which they are closely related.
Bought semi- grown plants and seed. Both are in.
We bought silverbeet seedlings from a commercial home store. We need to get them in the garden.