We have had humble harvests of beautiful meyer lemons, some rhubarb, magnificent new potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, celery (before the slugs took over!) and there has been nothing humble about the abundance of spinach!!! Some of which has even accompanied my wife to work to give away.

In time we hope to have a harvest of green cabbages which have hopefully been saved by caterpillars (dipel) and the passionfruit vine has taken off as have the choko vines. I planted two or three chokos at the base of two of the mallee trees and they are up to the first main limbs and are ready to climb further into the tree. The pepino cutting given to my by a friend in August sat on the window sill in water for some time before being planted into a well-drained sunny spot by the fence. It has taken off and is now just forming flower buds. I plan to keep the water up to it as my friends pepino has stopped fruiting at the moment – possibly he thinks, due to not being watered enough. I also wish to train it up the fence so have encouraged its growth in this way using supports.

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