Sunday, September 30, 2012

Carrot & Soy

After being battered by rain several times, these carrot seedlings are still alive and growing. It's my first time growing carrots in Singapore. Honestly I never knew what to expect and I'm so grateful to have them in my garden. The leaves are so soft and delicate, and not to mention pretty to look at. At this stage, I doubt any carrot has formed below the soil yet but I'm just delighted to see them alive and well.

The soy beans from Japan are really quick growers. Within a month, few of the plants are producing soy beans already. I should have grown at least two dozen plants because I don't have enough to feed even one person.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Playing with food

Growing my own wheatgrass for juicing is fun and even more so when I grow them in all kinds of containers.
This superfood is also a super fast grower. They are ready for juicing in 5 days and do not need any attention. I just place them in a bright area and keep the seeds moist.

 You can create a centrepiece in days. They really liven up the living room!

Carrot seedlings

 The new batch of carrot seeds that I have sowed after the storm have germinated and are growing bigger albeit very slowly. They look like coriander seedlings actually and are just as delicate.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Salad tonight

I've just harvested my first batch of arugula (rocket) today. These are going into a salad for dinner tonight. It's just great that I can go out into the garden and pick what I need without having to run to the supermarket.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rocking rocket

Thanks to the mild and wet weather, the rocket greens are doing well. This is the cutilvated Italian variety which is more delicate and less spicy that the wild rocket with the serrated leaves. This variety prefers milder weather which is why I am growing now when my patio is getting only the morning sun. Towards the later part of the year when my garden is exposed to full sun all day, I'll switch to wild rocket which is more robust and hardy.

The edamame plants are finally growing quickly after I got rid of the snails. Out of desperation, I scattered some pellets around the pots one night and woke up to find more than 2 dozen dead snails the next day. I'm guilt ridden but at least I'm no longer plagued by snail problems. All the new beans I've sowed also germinated without getting chewed up.
For years, my pot of chives has always come in useful when I'm cooking. Lately my father has been plying me with so much chives that I've no opportunity to harvest mine. As a result, they are flowering for the first time. Chive flowers are really pretty, so I'm looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom.