Summer vegetable seedlings from family such as cucurbit and fabricae is getting bigger now and starting to climb upwards towards the provided trellis. We hope this summer vegetables will establish itself before middle of summer when it is so hot here. Our favourite bitter gourd or peria is ready to climb, we can see its strong tendril curling on the stick. We grow some of bitter gourd plants in containers as we have success with it last year. I like the bitter gourd foliage as well it looks good against covering any wall. Hopefully ours will grow big soon and I can show you how it looks like.
Cucumber starting to climb up the arch but it has been blocked out of sun by the tall poppy at the other side of the arch. The cucumber plants has started to have both male and female flower.
We try to grow cucumber in polystyrene box this year. Our home-made trellis does not look so strong hopefully it won't colapse. The cucumber plant growing in the polystyrene box grow much faster than the one planted in the ground. I hope the cucumber likes the companion of carrots growing together in the same box.
Our first attempt at growing choko this warm season. We only planted one in plastic pot. It has already grown big and need a place to climb. Maybe I have to give the choko a climbing lesson with the water draining pipe from the roof or should I move it to somewhere else. Even our morning sun is so strong, the leaves of choko looks droopy.
Climbing bean takes a long time to produce beans but I was surprised with the purple king variety on how fast they grow and start to produce flowers. The snake beans (kacang panjang) that we sown the same time with purple king bean are still so small and growing so slowly. I think that purple king climbing bean can adapt to more cooler condition than snake beans. However when the heat waves comes we will see which is much more heat tolerant.
So up up up you go vertically and leaving some space for other friends to grow on the ground.