Showing posts with label silver beet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label silver beet. Show all posts

Monday, October 4, 2010

Gai Choy (Mustard Green), Silver Beet & Pak Choy

Weather's warming up and the leafy vegetables are doing well. The gai choy (mustard green) under the net are flourishing. I have harvested about thrice and it is time to harvest again : This large lone silver beet is forever doing well.
These two silver beets were slow to grow because of competition for sunlight and space but eversince I trimmed the lemon grass, they are taking off :
I have sown some more pak choy (green) and am now thinned and protected the seedlings that have emerged :
This pot used to be where the apricot moorpark was but now I have recycled it for pak choy.
This planter had pak choy that bolted to seeds so I removed them to replant pak choy.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Herbs and Vegetables Update

My 6 snow peas are towering, flowering and fruiting.
The chilli fire plant looks a bit haggard but I think it will pick up when weather warms up. I have removed the plastic around it and the fleece above it which I used in winter to protect it from cold, winds and frost.
This little rosemary bush is doing well. I propagated it from my original rosemary plant. It does not get much sun and had powdery mildew at times. Not the problem has cleared and it is taking off at its site.
I harvested some yummy greens for dinner : silver beet
Here are the mustard greens (Gai Choy) and spinach growing under net. The spinach are so slow. I think once the weather warms up, it will take off and then start produce flowers instead.
I gave this tuft of lemon grass a hair cut. It was all brown and straggly. Wondering if it will be okay. Wondering if they will grow. All five clumps of lemon grass looked really bad after the winter. Come the next winter, I will have to protect them if they survive this season.
Planted coriander in Patch C where the kaffir lime and lemon grass are.
This little clump of chives (Gu Chye) is doing well and clumping after I harvested it. I intend to buy a few more pots to plant at this spot so I can cook up a dish with squids or fried bean curd.
One strong parsley seed has found its way next to the shed where it does not get much sun but it is growing well.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Eggplant #2.
Eggplant #3.
The purple king bean plants are doing well under netting..away from pesky moths. Harvested a few beans.
Another surprise! A fourth bittermelon found hanging by the fence!
One more round of rosemary sprigs for my friend Pascale and some beans.
One more round of buk choy and silver beet.
One more round of sweet potato leaves.
The new cucumbers are getting bottom-heavy...having fat ends...not sure why. It could be the weather, it could be that the vines coming to the end of their lifespan.
Three cucumbers for our dinner and soup.
Two bunches of ripening strawberry delight from my propagated plants.
These are the two largest strawberries I have ever grown in my garden. I waited and waited until they were fully ripened before changing their location - into my mouth! Goodness! Super super sweet and juicy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Windy and 43 Deg Celsius.

As the blog title says, windy and 43 deg celsius. Thank God for weather forecasts, I have done all the necessary preparations (putting up shades, watering, weeding...) before today. Besides all the light colour tablecloths, white cloths, I even borrowed hubby's white shirts! This morning I woke up not having the anxiety of a charred garden but leisurely did whatever little things I needed to do. Prayerfully, no casualty when evening arrives.
Back garden.
Front patio and front garden.
Sweet potato creepers taking over the mulching around the golden sheens.
New candidate in the garden. I decided to plant Diggers' Pioneer bean stringless (above pic) in this empty pot of mix (where my daisies used to be). A black pot over them to create a dark environment and moist potting mix saw them germinating just in four days!
Under the netting and shade, my buk choy (purple) and buk choy (regular green) are growing well. One silver beet among them as well and the bitter melon vine on the trellis.
Two more silver beets growing next to the lemon grass and under the shelther of the grevillea tree.
Once again a picture of the four peaches on my peach (pixzee). Just cannot stop snapping a picture of them. Beautiful considering it is its first season!
One eggplant supreme out in sight!!!
Nellie Kelly's hot chillies growing larger and more coming!
One bunch of tomato silvery fir ripening! Very exciting as this year, I managed to get the tomatoes to grow larger and it is really successful considering this one is potted.
I picked this first ripened and large-sized tomato two days ago in case it gets too scorched by the sun.
Also picked a large bowl of common mint yesterday morning. Time for some mint tea and omelette.
"All that mankind needs for good health and healing is provided by God in nature...the challenge of Science is to find it." - Paracelcus, the father of Pharmcology, 1493 - 1541