“We’re having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave”

Who first sang that line?  I’m singing it today!

It’s 39c degrees in Brisbane as the heatwave continues this week.

I went over to the allotment at the crack of dawn this morning to see if anything is still living!  It was.

It amazes me that stuff is still growing despite this heat as I cannot get over every day to water it. But I thought it was a good idea not to push my luck and to harvest as much as I can, while I can.

I filled up insulated bags with plenty of silverbeet, kale, parsley, cucumbers and carrots. Once I’ve finished this post I’ll process the silverbeet and kale for the freezer. The curly parsley is starting to go to seed so I picked heaps of it and I’ll chop it up and freeze it in ice cubes.

I’ll check over the cucumbers to make sure the fruit fly hasn’t stung them and I’ll probably have enough to do another small batch of bread and butter pickles.

It will be a good way to spend the afternoon, in the air conditioning.

Just to finish off, here is a pic of my first tiny little melon. It was hiding under a leaf.  Is it cute or what?

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Happy gardening.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 13:19:51

    I have never been able to grow a melon to full, eating size! Bugs the heck out if me. Every year they look so hopeful at about midseason and by summer’s end they seem to have stunted. I’m jealous. 🙂

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  2. narf77
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 18:42:28

    Good luck with that melon Jean…I think they love heat so it sounds like it will get at least one of its requirements for life! We had hail here today! Go figure 😉

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  3. Tanya @ Lovely Greens
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 19:45:38

    The difference in our gardening years can’t be much different could they Jean? Good luck with the heatwave and I hope your more heat-tender crops do okay – with you tending them I’m sure they’ll be fine 🙂

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  4. notjustgreenfingers
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 04:47:59

    39C wow, you must be so hot….it’s hard to imagine when it’s so cold and wet here.

    I would love to be able to grow a melon

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Dec 05, 2012 @ 06:05:39

      I grew up in the UK and a 39c day is a challenge.Especially with the humidity as well. I was very excited to see my first little melon yesterday. Fingers crossed it will meet maturity as I too would love to grow a melon. I’ve been here over 30 years in Queensland and it still feels exotic to be growing melons.

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  5. MrsYub
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 16:19:19

    We got up to about 35 a few days ago, but then it snowed on Mt Baw Baw, and we’re getting the down draft!!
    Love your melon! I’m still trying to get my vines to grow large enough to put in the ground :/ On the up side I have LOADS of pumpkin vines thes year 🙂

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Dec 05, 2012 @ 20:38:51

      Mrs Yub I’d LOVE to have pumpkin vines. It’s such a versatile vegetable , one of my favourites.

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      • MrsYub
        Dec 05, 2012 @ 21:34:49

        I am experimenting this year. I have left some in the pots where I had originally planted them to sprout, I have shifted some to a 15 hole strawberry hanging planter that I had empty, and I have staked around 10 rough plants popping up in the garden in very unexpected places. Let us see if I actually get any fruit off them, though, lol!!

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