Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

My first Eggplant bloom:


Wonder if this will survive and bear fruit before the weather changes in a few weeks. It makes me happy nonetheless.



My First Okra from the season πŸ™‚


That’s my first Okra from the plant. Most of my earlier blooms dried out, I then changed the location of this plant to lower its sun exposure. Well, better late than never πŸ™‚


Garden Fresh Tomatoes πŸ™‚

So what if they are the size of grape tomatoes … they sure have grown up well πŸ™‚


The new vegetable growing in my garden this month is Spinach. This is what it looks like now after 3 weeks.



How did I do it ? Here’s the video….


And what will that make me ? The female version of Popeye … Eh … I mean … Strong like Popeye !!


A few weeks ago, when I visited the Indian Grocery store, the weird looking bitter gourd caught my fancy. And all I could think of was my Mother-in-law’s amazingly lip smacking fried Karela chips. I bought around 3 medium sized Karelas and carefully deseeded them. I stored all the seeds after carefully washing and drying them indoors.

I tried soaking the seeds and then used the moist paper towel method to check for germination. I used this video to experiment. Unfortunately, the seeds started decaying and developed black fungus over it.

The most important lessons learnt from this failed experiment are:

  1. Use seeds from yellow and completely ripened Bitter gourd. This is what a completely ripe Karela would look like…

ripe karela


2. Don’t give up… though I couldn’t find the seeds anywhere locally, I eventually found these on ebay.com and my new pack of 10 seeds arrived last week from China πŸ™‚



3. I have sowed these seeds into an use cup cake plastic tray to see if they germinate.. This is what it looks like now.


Fingers crossed on that one !!

Fresh Mint:


I picked up a bunch of mint leaves from the Indian grocery store a few months ago and kept them ready for planting. I reused some plastic trays and filled them with some Potting Mix (I somehow do not like using Potting soil), and planted roughly 5 stems in each tray.

An interesting point to note is that the stems you use should not have been stored in the refrigerator. You can pluck the leaves, clean them and store them in your refrigerator, but in case you plan to use the stems for planting, keep them away from the cold.

Mint is something I absolutely love, its absolutely worth it.


Cilantro (Coriander leaves):


Nothing beats the flavor of fresh coriander leaves. And nothing could be better than to use the absolutely fresh ones from your garden πŸ™‚ I think my food tastes way better when I use these in comparison to the Cilantro I normally get from the stores here in the US.


Methi (Fenugreek leaves):


All I can think of when I see this Methi tray is a Kashta wearing Maharashtrian vegetable vendor walking down the streets, with a basket full of green leafy vegetables on her head and shouting in her full throat-ed voice “Taaji Taaji Methi … Taaji Taaji Bhaji” (Taaji means fresh in Marathi). Brings back some really refreshing childhood memories of life in Pune.

Growing these are pretty easy. I used Fenugreek seeds by “Swad” from the Indian Grocery store and followed this video.

We Pune-ites love our Methi and can be really nasty if somebody picks on it, yes, we can be terrible that way πŸ˜€



The Whispering Blooms …


A sign of hope, of love, and patience … these Petunia blooms top my list of favorites in our mini-garden.


Baby Okra plants


These Okra plants are a little over 2 months old. I had picked up the seeds from Fred Myer last year.Β Its been a long wait for these to germinate and grow to around 3 inches tall. Can’t wait to see them grow taller, stronger and eventually bear fruit.


Baby Tomato Plants


Tha-daa… I had sowed tomato seeds on the same date as my Okra seeds, and they have grown around 4 inches tall in a little over 2 months.


The baby Bean plant


This is Riya’s baby bean plant.. she had sowed the seed roughly 20 days ago when they had gone on a field trip from school to a Farm. She is extremely possessive about her Bean plant takes good care of it and waters it sometimes. She has entrusted little Miss Bug B to watch over it when she is away.

It brings me immense joy when I see children nurturing plants, I wish we have more people creating more green and happy spaces around us. Wouldn’t the world be a better place to live in then ?