Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
|Oranges starting to ripen|
We've been really busy the last few days sorting out the garden. We had somebody watering the garden but no doing any pruning and things certainly to grow fast here.
Our garden is now not so jungle like so we can can start on this years gardening projects.
|Grapple me grapenuts|
|A local collecting Dates from one of our Palm Trees|
At first I thought February would be a good time to start but I was speaking to a Facebook friend in Hurghada who has had a lot of success starting seeds off in October which I guess makes sense. Young seedling are not struggling to survive in high heats that we get here even in spring and we are still a good few months away from the coldest of the Luxor weather in January and February.
|Morning Glory Vine starting to lose some of its glory in the mid-morning sun|
So I've come to the conclusion that there are probably two growing seasons in Luxor September/October time and February onwards.
|Cutting down dates...|
I intend to give both a shot and see what happens. After all, no one is going to be handing me a book entitled " The Definitive Guide to Gardening in Luxor" anytime soon.
Ruby T is on her own - but up for the challenge.
We've just pulled down our Nabaq tree or "Ziziphus Jujube", it created great shade but didn't look very nice and the only fruit it produced was some small sour berries. Every Egyptian that came into our garden on seeing this tree would shake the branches to make the berries drop down. The berries seem to be really popular with the children here but I just found them tasteless. New Nabaq trees keep sprouting up everywhere so it just had to go.
We decided to pull it down and will be putting Mango tree's in it's place. The wood is going to my Father in Law who is going to make something with it.
|Bye bye Nabaq tree|
I intend to grow lots of different types of vegetable, Loofahs (yes those vegetable that can be eaten or dried into back scrubbers), Chilli's, Beetroot, Cherry Tomatoes, French Beans, Carrots, Pak Choi to name but a few. I hope I'll have some success.