Friday, January 12, 2018

Taking Woody Wendy for a walk

Well, one of my readers has been nagging me for a while to get little Woody Wendy back and take her for a walk on the farm. She was very happy to get out of the house after so long, lol. As you can see, I still haven't found her any clothes, lucky it was a warm day.

 Woody Wendy in the watermelon patch.

It won't be long till the mini 'Peewee' watermelons will start to ripen. I go out every day to see if any of the tendrils are drying. Next year I am going to put in a large patch of these as I think they are going to take off.

I was hoping to have one to display on my market stall next week but I think it will have to wait till the Feb markets.

I tried to cross this watermelon with Japanese Cream Flesh Suika but none of the crosses took. It must be a bad pollen parent. I will try crossing the other way this coming week. I really want to produce some other varieties with the tiny seeds.

Wendy helping process the tomatillo seeds

The hot day last week destroyed my 'Amarillo' tomatillos but the seeds seem to be mature so I picked the first bucket full of small fruits from the dead plants today to process.
They are pretty easy to do, just cut in half, add water and process. Then add more water and float off the pulp. The mature seeds sink to the bottom and the bad seeds float.

It is so much quicker and easier than doing them individually by hand like I did last year.

Unfortunately, all the fruit is half normal size, and have few seeds. Next year I will have to water and fertilise them better.

We did one bucket full today, but there are another 15 or more buckets to pick and process over the next week.

Wendy playing among the bush snake beans.

If you are a regular reader you will know by now that these are my favourite beans. They are not only totally stringless and good flavoured, but they are easy to grow and love the heat, unlike most other beans.

As I have said in other posts, the freak hot day last week cooked my corn.
This is a little patch of 'Oaxacan Green' (pronounced wa-HA-can Green) but it looks so sick and burnt that I have doubts that any of the cobs will mature. Pity, as the seed is hard to obtain in Australia.
Most of the plants are brown and crunchy and only a few have any green leaves left. The 'Anasazi' corn is looking even worse, if that is possible.

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