Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I have been busy...

Welcome to my little garden patch. Since October last year, I've been trying to plant an edible garden. This is it 11 months down the road. I have mango, kaffir lime, mandarin, lime (kasturi), curry leaves, pomelo, lemon, pandan leaves, lemongrass, chilli padi, rosemary and belimbing buluh (Averrhoa bilimbi, which surprisingly is also called cucumber tree or tree sorrel). 

The latest additions are ginger, pisang raja from a friend and turmeric, which I had just put into the pot half an hour ago. I have also put some basil seeds to sprout. I want to add cucumber and tomatoes to the garden, and hopefully rocket, if I can find the seeds. Apparently they grow really well in our weather. The dream is to be able to pluck fresh herbs for juices, smoothies and of course, the occasional meals that I cook. The REALLY big dream is to cultivate an organic garden so we don't ever have to buy produce outside. Well, I did say it was a really big dream.

This is my kaffir lime tree. There are new leaf shoots (see picture below), but I have yet to see the fruits.
The Kedondong tree, or umbra. Umbra juice is one of my favourite drinks, and I also like the fruit pickled. 
My limau kasturi tree (lime). The picture above was taken two weeks ago. Spot the tiny lime in the middle. The picture below was taken a few days ago. The lime has grown!

My thriving curry leave tree. We're already eating curry made with leaves from the tree.
I only very recently found out that this was the belimbing buluh. So far no fruits yet, but young leaves are sprouting like mad.
My lemon tree is also sprouting young shoots.
My little ginger rhizomes are sprouting after 20 days.
I had a lot of trouble with my chilli padi. This is the fourth attempt. Previous plants kept dying on me.
The pisang raja that I have yet to plant into the ground. But it seems to be enjoying its sunny spot in the garden.

So here it is, my little starter garden. When can I harvest, I wonder? You'll be the first to know!

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