Sunday, November 13, 2011

I have Moved!

I am happy to annouce that I have moved to a new "Blog Home"!

To continue reading about my Gardening Adventures click here.

See you on the other side!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Update: Long Beans

21 July 2011

The Long Beans sprouted and I blogged it in this post here.

21 September 2011

The below photos were taken.... after 2 months, the Long Beans plant has started flowering and producing.

How nice.

3 plants of Long Beans growing well on the metal trellis

Getting bushier everyday...... The young shoots are nice to be stir-fried or in Maggie Mee noodles

3 inches short of 2 feet!

The Long Beans had landed in my fried rice and a vegetable lasagna.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Visit to Passion Fruit Farm

We were at a day trip to Tanjung Sepat.  While visiting along the beach, there was a Passion Fruit Farm.  Sad it was not open due to it being a public holiday but we managed to get some photos.

Rows and rows of Passion Fruit plant

Passion Fruits hanging beautifully like lanterns

I want mine to growing like this... one fine day....

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Finished Compost!

A few weeks ago, I checked my old kitchen wire Compost Bin to see if I have any finished compost at the bottom.

I scooped up the top part and transferred it to the other kitchen wire Compost Bin.  The bottom half was soft finished compost, except for a few hard pieces of scrap.

Kitchen Wire Compost Bin

Finished Compost

You can read about my post on my Compost Bin here.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Papaya Tree

I have 3 accidental Papaya Trees that grew near the Compost Bin.  Just a few weeks ago, it started flowering.

I was overjoyed to see that one plant is female and the other is bisexual.  The 3rd plant has not flowered, so I don't know, yet.

Short Papaya Trees

I might get to eat some papaya fruit soon...

Actually, I have discovered that Papaya plants are one of the easiest to grow.  Its hardy and does not take much space.

I think I will continue to grow it.

Either accidentally or purposely.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Combo Planting

Its interesting to learn about mixing plants in a pot i.e. combo planting.

The combo planting that I have seen enhances the pots by mixing many different colored flowers. It really looks beautiful.  Unfortunately, I have not really started planting flowers.

I like mint.

So, I have decided to combo plant with the Aloe Vera pots.  This will stop weeds from growing and I will get more mint.

Mint transplanted and growing healthy

Aloe Vera and Mint sharing a space

Portuluca and Bougain Villae Combo Planting

Growing well together

I like this idea of increasing herb everywhere without much effort.

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Monday, September 26, 2011


Since I was a young girl (which was many moons ago), I have always loved Sunflowers.

I would catch a glimpse of it when I pass someone's garden and see this bright yellow flower stretching towards the sun.  I felt warm inside and it brought a smile to my face.

I used to stay in Bangkok, Thailand for 3 years and one of the most amazing experience I had was visiting Saraburi in November (2.5 hours drive from Bangkok city).  There were Sunflowers stretching out as far as my eyes could see.  Tall, majestic and brilliant yellow.  I even bought a dried Sunflower as large as a dinner plate!  How cool is that?

Sunflower has smaller buds, next to another Sunflower plant I purchased from another Nursery

I have been gardening for the last 1 year and felt that it was time to plunge in and try to plant some Sunflower in my Garden.  So, when I was at the Sg Buloh nursery, I saw this Sunflower which has a huge flower and also has other smaller buds, I thought that it looked unique.  Rather than enjoying only one large flower, I get to enjoy a few sunflower buds in one plant.  

Newly purchased Sunflower

The large bud was already dried up and I was keen to purchase it to germinate my own seeds.

Small pretty Sunflower buds all over

So, I dried the seeds.  Almost 100 seeds!

I planted it just beside my house overlooking my glass door.  I want to admire it each time I look out

I am already in the process of germinating it and look forward to have the front of my house surrounded with Sunflowers.  It would look glorious.

Absolutely beautiful!

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