It's a tragic tale.
Too late in the season
The first crop of corn I planted in early Summer produced large sweet and succulent cobs. This second planting... well I'll let the picture speak for itself...
I do believe, however, that the grasshoppers appreciated the feast, so at least someone benefited.
The eggplants that I planted in Spring are still healthy and still bearing (athough smaller than the earlier ones).
Too much rain
The squash and zucchini haven't fared much better. Mildew on their leaves and any zucchinis that didn't rot look so shriveled we didn't bother eating them.
My spring onions look rather ragged too. I dislodged quite a few trying to weed around them.
The weeds are growing very well. Lots of heat and rain produces a great crop of weeds. To make things worse I think the compost we used hadn't "cooked" enough to kill seeds and that may have aded to the weed problem.
Too much heat
I also planted some rockmelon vines in the same area in January. Our rainy weather has produced mildewed leaves and not much else. It's hard to tell which little golf balls are rockmelon and which are watermelon (and probably doesn't matter).
So lessons have been learnt. My big mistake was to plant at the wrong time. I should have known better.
To my surprise
The beetroot and carrots are OK and the radish were crisp and tasty.
The sunflowers are just starting to bloom.
In a couple of weeks I'll rip almost everything out, give it a refresh and think about what we want for Winter crops. Over the Easter break I'll start planting. For gardeners, one bad season is soon forgotten as we look forward to the next.