Thursday, August 16, 2012


My seedlings were doing so well until yesterday. A sudden downpour killed all my carrot seedlings and flattened half the rocket and nearly destroyed the lanky radish seedlings. If I weren't away at work, I would surely rush out to protect them even if it meant getting drenched.

And the snails gobbled up all my edamame beans and wheatgrass before they could even sprout. It's an endless battle.


  1. I'm sure you can do it again. I was browsing through your blog. Wow! A lot of hard work!! I had chilli plants and basil growing. Just a question, for cai xin and xiao Bai cai, how long do they mature for harvest and where u purchase the seeds from?

  2. Aw, feel for you there. My spring onions also died. I have no idea what's going on. I've tried to grow these, chillis and tomatoes, all without any luck. I think you're doing a much better job than me and you definitly have a green finger. Jia you!

  3. Simon, thanks for the encouragement. Yup, I've just sown a new batch and they've under a transparent plastic cover until they're strong enough to withstand downpours.

    Tropical vegetables like cai xin and bai cai take about 30 to 40 days to mature. The commercial farmers harvest theirs in under a month but their method of farming is different. For small quantities, you can get them from nurseries that sell in small packs. Unless you're growing large quantities, it is better to buy small packs as seeds tend to expire after some time.

  4. Agy - It can be very challenging if you're growing spring onions from seeds. Try using onion bulbs to grow instead. It's almost a no-fail method.

    Chilli and tomato attract lots of aphids, so do look under the leaves for infestation. If you can't get rid of them, then better throw the plants away before the entire garden get infected.