Below exist all the notes of all the edible plants I have attempted to grow to date. There were successes, surprises, failures, drama. I’ve kept this page to just notes for personal research purposes; philosophical musings that sprung from the garden can be found in the post, Cauliflower and Kings: A Gardner’s Guide.

Basil: attacked by fuzzy caterpillar

Beans, Lazy Housewife: green beans if picked early; hard red beans if picked late; attacked by stinkbug; grew to approx 5 meters; success depended on location (faired poorly in certain spots)

Broccoli, Hybrid Star 2204: HUGE plants; attacked by white cabbage moth, aphids; goes to flower in late July regardless of how big the plant is (bigger blooms from plants started earlier); produces yellow flowers if left unpicked; blooming flowers loved by bees

Cantaloupe: destroyed by pickleworm

Carrots, Chatenay Karoo: sandy soil; attacked by aphids; carrot was often smaller than expected (patience); requires proper spacing of the really tiny seeds or weird shapes result

Catnip: attacked by aphids; why did I even grow this (I do not have cats)

Cauliflower: HUGE plants (need lots of space between); attacked by white cabbage moth, aphids (assorted), fuzzy caterpillar; well worth it if the plant survives; small plants trampled by fat birds performing mating dance

Celery: flowered in December

Chili: appears to go dormant in the winter (cut back) and regrows in summer; loves compost; peppers can be picked and dried; old plant

Corn: promiscuous, need to plant a lot of stalks to produce proper corn husks; attacked by green stinkbug; historically they tried to grow corn here, didn’t work out; opted for grapes instead.

Cucumber, Ashley: liked sun; destroyed by pickleworm

Dhania (Coriander): gets bushy; grow either for seed or leaves, flowered late July

Fig: cut back, lost leaves in winter, doubled in size in summer; early fruit drop; appears to love compost. Chopped entirely to the ground after two tree borers were discovered cutting into the base of the tree (looked like maggots wiggling around in a bloody wound), also it was in a bad spot. Another tree grown in a different location.

Garlic & Leek: No comments as of now

Lemon: decent harvest in April/May-ish; yellow leaves (?), beware of thorns, hasn’t borne fruit since first harvest, attacked by wooly aphids, surviving

Lemon Balm: smells nice

Lettuce (Baby Leaf): attacked by aphids

Millet: stalks picked and given to birds before it could go to seed

Mint Chocolate: smells nice

Olive: still small

Onion: flowers prettier than expected; seeds planted in May produced small bulbs by December, grew nicely over winter; small plants trampled by fat birds performing mating dance; onions grown from cuttings disappeared from garden while small, eaten by mouse is suspected

Oregano: deep rooted bush, difficult to move

Parsley, Moss Curled & Plain: need to come up with more ways to use parsley if grown again

Passion Fruit: large vine; appears to love compost; fruit more sour than it should be; home to a family of chameleons and a lizard

Peach: still small

Pear: flowered before leaves came in November-ish, followed by leaves & fruit, really unsure when it’s supposed to be picked

Peas, Greenfeast: produced peas in September; need to plant a lot of plants to get a lot of peas

Pepino Dulce Melon: produced one small melon 

Pepper, Green Bell: attacked by aphids

Peruvian Ground Cherry: large bush, big harvest; unusual taste; fruit must be unwrapped

Pineapple: removed from garden before fruiting

Pineapple Sage: smells nice; big bush; hot pink flowers; attacked by ant

Spinach: planted with lettuce

Strawberry, Alpine: smaller, sweeter strawberries than average; destroyed by slug, cockroach; produced a ridiculously small harvest while infested; needs protection

Sugar Herb: died in winter

Tomato: grew to several meters with homemade drip irrigation and support strung sideways along a white wall; destroyed by red spider mite; grows like mad in summer, still fruiting in winter