I have been giving them a regular drench of phosphoric acid which is a treatment for phytophtera but both plants in the vegetable garden have been going backwards -as in getting fewer and smaller leaves. They have also been wilting badly each day but recover overnight. I have another three plants in pots in the shade house which seem to be doing ok so far.
Recently on a local bush walk, in an area that I don't usually use, I discovered a chest type freezer had been dumped. The idea occurred of modifying it to form a cooler microclimate for the rhubarb - including placing frozen water inside it on the hot days. I think the lid will be needed as well on the hot days to keep the temperature down.
Here is the finished "product":
The photo shows the rather sad state of this Rhubarb plant.
It will be an interesting gardening experiment - I have never managed to get Rhubarb to survive through summer in Brisbane.
There's not much in flower on Mt Petrie at present - the above is yellow buttons
or Chrysocephalum apiculatum. It is not a good photo - there are some nice
mats of this plant in only a few places.
This striped marsh frog had found it's way into one of the aquaponics tanks:
It was removed and placed in amongst some moist and shady vegetation beside
the shade house.