|Always grow sunflowers|
On La Nina
- It was unusually wet and cool for a Sydney summer, it came as a huge shock after many many years of drought.
- Dorathea McKellar knew about El Nino and La Nina long before they had terms to describe them (I love a sunburnt country a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges of droughts and flooding rains...).
- La Nina is to be celebrated - it saves my skin from added skin cancer risk and more freckles and it fills the tank and means that you dont have to get the hose out and water!
- My oft commented upon eggplants have been a slighly lighter colour purple this year and have had a soft light and fluffy flesh with few seeds. I wish I had paid attention to their particular variety - I want to grow them again. Or was their fluffy seedless flesh because of the plentiful rain?
On pest control
|zucchinis are not pests|
- Eradicate the stink bugs when they are green babies and destroy them imediately! Even better, search your citrus for their lovely clear eggs and smash them before they can emerge.This way you might have a lime crop.
- Wear goggles when destroying stink bugs I got sprayed in the eye late last year and had to go to the optometrist to make sure I wasn't in some serious trouble. Tip - irrigate your eye imediately if you get sprayed and you will save your eye.
- Hosing the aphids off the backs of the leaves of your cucumber works! It uses a lot of water but it's better than spaying with other things and it's a La Nina year so I have lots of water.
- I now know what red spider mite looks like. I dont know what to do about it...
- Silvereyes (they are very sweet little birds) are great early season pest controllers in your tomato patch. They search your tomatoes for green grubs and feed them to their babies. They also sometimes take a little nip. Welcome them with open arms. Even if they nip your fruit. I can share with lovely birds.
- Glue traps work for reducing fruit fly. I love them!
- No matter how many glue traps you have, you will still have fruit fly.
- Plant one zucchini and one zucchini only. Pick them young and eat them quick while they are at their best and have a miriade of recipes. I have really enjoyed the ones I have used this year and no longer consider the zucchini a pest.
- Pick your fruit before it rains lest it split!
- Learn how to eat split fruit in a La Nina year.
- My brown berries are more fruit fly resistant than the red varieties.
- Give up on growing large tomatoes in Sydney - fruit fly is too much of a problem.
- Prune your plants a little in a La Nina - this will help to ripen the fruit. Don't prune in a El Nino, your fruit will get sunburnt. Same goes for your skin really!
|make lemon tarts|
- Grow them, love them, preserve, pickle, freeze, jam and eat them. They are one of life's great pleasures.
- Next year grow padrons, pick them, fry them and eat them with salt washed down with fino.
- Make lots of Lemon Tarts
- curled parsley doesn't like La Nina as much as Italian.
- Dont be afraid of pickled beetroot.
|frogs love La Nina|
- Always grow sunflowers, always.
- They like La Nina better than El Nino.