There are ten bunches of bananas hanging on our Misi Luki tree at the moment. We have already harvested three bunches in autumn. Last year, we only had two bunches, so we are very surprised that our tree has cropped so heavily this year. Each bunch contains approximately 80-100 bananas and they all tend to ripen at the same time. In spring, several bunches may ripen at the same time, leading to a glut of bananas. We used to freeze them in zip lock bags free flow for using in our daily green smoothie but lately we have noticed that frozen bananas make the texture very thick and the taste isn’t nice. I have spent some time researching the different ways bananas can be used and thought it might be helpful to share my findings incase other gardeners are in the same situation as us, or if anyone in general has some bananas sitting in their fruit bowl that are overripe and need to be used soon. This list is not exhaustive. There are probably lots of ways of using bananas that I haven’t thought of and bananas might be consumed in different dishes in other parts of the world. Please share your ideas. I am very interested in them!
Seed sowing (indoors)
I advise against sowing seeds outdoors until September, when it is warmer. I usually start sowing seeds indoors on my heat pad in August, but one exception is begonia semperflorens (waxy bedding begonias). As they take a very long time to germinate and grow, begonia seeds can be sown undercover as early as May right through until September, according to the Egmont Seeds Commercial Catalogue. That way, your heat pad(s) will be free by the time you want to start your seed sowing in late winter/early spring.
Here are some pictures of bedding begonias that I raised from seed last season.
You can plant the following outside:
You can place orders for the following now:
Here is a list of tasks you can do indoors, which is perfect for when it’s raining.