Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Drought Fruit Season Harvest June

 I was competing with the squirrel this morning for Sabah's Honey pineapple (Nanas Madu Sabah) fruits. I was weeding one of the section of the veggie patch at the backyard and on my way to the house checking how the kids are doing because Abby was still sleeping before I started weeding. Just when I was heading to the house on the corner of my eyes I thought I saw a tail wiggling on one of our pineapple patch that we have been waiting patiently for the fruits to ripe. I quickly ran towards the pineapple section and one squirrel was running away. I have been checking on the pineapple everyday because the squirrels has already stolen one last month. So this time, as you can see one pineapple has been chomped by the squirrel. I quickly harvest the ones that quarter of it has been shared with the squirrel. I checked the other fruits and luckily it wasn't stolen yet and it is much riper. Because I just had to snap the branch and easily it came off. Collecting side-shoot pineapple top at the moment to increase the number of plants in the garden, one of the aim for this year. Harvest some star gooseberry leaves for tonight dinner.
 Last week the hens and ducks were laying quite a number of eggs, shared some with friends.  I think we collected at least 15 duck eggs last week. Lemons are also readily available last week.
 Butterfly pea blooms never disappoint us. Instead of harvesting the whole plant, we just bandicoot some ginger rhizome when we are out of stock in the kitchen.
Tumeric bandicoot harvest.
 The roselle plants that we sowed in March has now started its fruit season. Roselle plants is doing really well without any help of watering since we transplanted the seedlings. All the roselle plants are more than 5 feets tall and waiting the buds to bloom. We also harvested calamansi limes, bird-eyes chillies, pea eggplants and cucumber tree fruits last week.
 We finally decided to dig up the Mexican Turnip (jicama) that we sowed the seeds last end December which has been left pretty neglected from the start. We did not expected to find one jicama that is over 1kg and it took me more than 20 minutes to carefully dug it out. I think that location we grown jicama is a good soil to grow root crop, rhizome or tuber plants which we will sow some seeds again on that area after the drought season end. I am not planning to water that area which why will wait when the rains come often again. One papaya tree snap so many of the fruits were all over the ground.
 It is drought season now this time of the year, we have not had any rain for almost 2 weeks now. But surprisingly we have been able to harvest a few varieties of fruits last week. Jackfruits are often harvested which has been enjoyed by by squirrels first. Even the fruits look like that, half of it still edible and really sweet.
 Papaya and sapodilla fruits is also harvested from the garden. We managed to harvest several papaya fruits last week because there were plenty to share with the birds and squirrels.
 I am not sure what is the name of this fruits in the weave basket above but we just called it marjerin fruit. Many of the fruits are ripening on the same time. It is more golden in colour but with the lighting it looks paler than it is.

I am trying to make our tropical garden here a sowing schedule like the one I did for our Adelaide garden. I found that sowing the right plant seeds at certain months makes gardening much easier and less effort every year. Recording the harvest by monthly will make it easier to estimate which sow to seeds later on as reference.

18 comments:

rasimah abdul rahman said...

seronoknya dapat tanam di belakang rumah. I wish I have a nice garden on my back yard like you have.

Magic City Patio Garden said...

the margerin fruit could be a pepino melon, champagne mango, mamey sapote, or persimmon.

Sunray Gardens said...

Bunch of great things in your harvest. I would be really irritated to lose any pineapple to the squirrels also.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Daphne said...

Wonderful harvests. You get so many interesting fruits there.

Monti L said...

Wow. Such beautiful photos of your amazing harvest. VERY inspirational!

Kate said...

You have a dry season? And squirrels? That we share these things is funny to me! How lovely to pull up fresh ginger as you need it. Such a bountiful place you live in!

Norma Chang said...

Gorgeous tree ripened tropical fruits. That's what I miss most living in New York. You must have a huge garden to be able to grow so many varieties.
Getting to the harvest before the critters is always a challenge.

Malar said...

That's a lot of harvest! Luckily you saved the pineapple!

You have pea eggplant? It's been ages since I saw a tree!

africanaussie said...

You are certainly able to harvest continually from your garden - it all looks yummy

Wendy said...

oh my gosh - you have soooo much!! Love those eggs. The bandicoot - I have to check that out.

Kesuma Angsana said...

jeolousnyer KA tgk, fresh2 lagi tu, bak mai sini sikit hehehe

Helyanti said...

ada dinasour sesat pulak dlm pic sengkuang tu :)

camne rupe marjerine fruit tu? is it the last picture? nampak mcm mangga tapi hujung nye tirus..

Stephanie said...

You have green fingers! It is so amazing to see your bountiful harvest each time visiting your garden/blog.

Oh yes the rain... I want it too. With the haze and all, looks like it is going to be really dry. Some plants that likes the moisture aren't doing well in my garden. But some flowering ones, strangely, they send out more flowers. I think they prefer not to have the rain.

Btw that squirrel, I can assure you that it will come back again... be prepared ;-)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Love all your harvest! Your family is bless to have you, they are eating everything organic and healthy!

diary of a tomato said...

By the looks of your harvest, drought or not, it really is paradise there, so rich in variety! ;)

rainfield61 said...

Oh! I love that Nangka.

shaz said...

Oooh, so many beautiful fruits. I wonder what the marjerin one tastes like? The curious dinosaur is very cute :)

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Salam Kak Rasimah, Kebun di belakang dah berbelas tahun syukur Alhamdulillah ada yang hidup sendiri dengan subur tanpa belaian.

Magic City Patio Garden~ The marjerin fruit also known as kanistel or konikoma fruit.

Cher ~ Yes not many pineapples fruits to share that I have to battle with the squirrel :).

Daphne~ Planted some rare fruits last year. Hopefully in a few years will start to bear some fruit for us.

Monti L ~ Just to record the fruit season or estimate the best time to sow some plants.

Kate ~ Yes we do have dry season. At my place july is the most dry.


Norma ~ About an acre of land including the house to look after. Enable us to grow several type of fruit plants.

Malar~ Pea eggplants grow so invasive at our place. Seedlings sprouting everywhere.

Africanaussie~ The squirrel does have the first pick.

Wendy~ Australia uses the word 'bandicoot' often for potato.

Kesuma Angsana~ Syukur Alhamdulillah ada rezeki.

Helyanti~ Jumpa mainan merata-rata dalam kebun angkut sekali.
Buah marjerin luarannya sekali imbas macam mangga tapi isinya lain lembut bila ranum.

Stephanie~ I think the plants are like human some like the rain some don't ;).

Sonia Nasi Lemak Lover ~ I can only prepare simple dish.

Diary of a tomato ~ Some fruit well during the drought season, some like it wet. Blessed with many varieties you get continuous harvest.

Rainfield61~ Nangka a lot but too lazy to bungkus.

Shaz ~ Very creamy...creamier than avocado.