Saturday, July 24, 2010

A gardener's paradise

My parent's place is a gardener's paradise where edibles grow in abundance. These are the works of my father who grows these organically for our own consumption.

Here is where you find sweet potato vines growing everywhere as ground cover, leaving weeds no chance of surviving in our yard. It is also where papaya trees are laden with sweet, yellow flesh fruits.

There's a mustard green patch (below) just outside our porch.

And along the side of the house, you will find artemesia growing profusely.

More artemesia....

My father has started growing spring onions too.

And the chives are extra large, at least twice as thick and tall as the store bought ones.

Mum likes to scatter pumpkin seeds randomly around the yard. Don't be surprised to find big fat pumpkins peeking out amongst the sweet potato leaves. I even spotted one crawling up the lime plant, with a pumpkin hanging in the air.

Here's a closer look.

Mum scours the yard for female pumpkin flowers every morning. Armed with male flowers, she helps with the pollination. This is the result of her handiwork - a brand new baby pumpkin!

We always have dragon fruits and papaya fruits growing in the yard.

The passion fruit vine that my kids planted years ago is still going strong.

Look at the flower (top) and fruits hanging on the vine.

Even the grape vine that my brother planted more than 10 years ago is very much alive. The big and strong lime plant lends support to the vines growing around it. In the photo below, you can see them co-existing happily together.


  1. I've always been interested to know what that plant is. Now I know.. artemesia.. You are the first person I know who has a farm! Lucky you!

  2. It's also called wormwood. We made an omelette using the leaves today.

    It has medicinal values too. See here:

  3. Nice healthy farm u have there! Do u have a local name for artemesia tho at one glance it looks like ulam raja which I dont think it is

  4. It is not ulam raja. The leaves are stiffer and they do not wilt easily. In Hokkien we call it 'heah'.

  5. Woaw... Can make omelette (eggs are my fav food) and have medicinal values? I gotta get my hands on that plant!

  6. I Googled on Artemesia and learnt that it is a cancer-curing herb. I haven't heard of Artemesia but I have heard of 'Heah'! Ha I know they are the same thing.

    An old lady whom I go to for massage whenever I have muscles aches would burn 'Heah' and smoke it on my body parts that was aching. Seems like it acts as a kind of medicinal cure for muscles aches too.

  7. OKC - Yup. My mum used to make an omelette and then add some water to it to make it into a soupy dish. She says it is great for removing wind in the stomach.

    I don't have any growing in my patio at this moment. I gave mine away. I should grow a few and then you can bring one home.

  8. JC - Yes, the electrician who came to my apartment to do some work was telling me that he had to get regular supplies from Malaysia. He also told me about the cancer theory. I gave my plant to him. I should grow some new ones in my patio.

  9. Wow! Your parents really have a green finger!!!
    It's really funny to see a pumpkin on lime tree!!
    Grasshoppers always attacked my mustard green!.....Your father have any tips to share with? ;-))

  10. We don't get grasshopper attacks here. I thought mustard green, being so bitter, is relatively pest free?

  11. Love the passion flower. I have a vine that I planted this year however it hasn't bloomed yet.

  12. opss....mustard green is not equal to "sawi"? i think it's different.... as even catterpillar eat my "sawi"....

  13. Frugal gardener - Your plant is still young. Once it starts flowering, it won't stop!

  14. Malar - Actually I am not sure. I googled and found some people refering sawi to chye sim, others say it is mustard green. The ones in the photo is very bitter compared to chye sim. It is not a very popular dish.