Saturday, September 20, 2014

Malabar Spinach

I was looking for some Malabar spinach and one of my friend gave me this type instead.
The plant was easy to grow. I thought the plant will vine up so I put the fence. However, in the end the plant doesn't seems want to vine up. This is definitely a different type of Malabar spinach. The taste is sour and it was good for the health. I have harvested the dried flowers and will use the seeds to grow for next year.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Roselle

I am excited to see the fruits from the roselle plants. As of this date, I have yet to see any flowers. That means I will not get the fruit. But I will never give up. I am sure the flower will appear soon. I have cleaned out the weeds around the plant and I started watering the plants. we have not receiving any rain for weeks.
I am glad to learned that the leaves are edible. The taste is a bit sour and almost similar to the tamarind.
A bunch of roselle leaves like this will make a good side dish. I can also add meat to the dish. It taste good. Roselle is said to have some good minerals.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Purple Cabbage

You will never belief what I've found in my garden. A very successful growing of the Purple Cabbage. I was amazed at the beauty of these plants.
I was never success in the past on growing cabbage. The cabbage worm will get to it in a jiffy. I am using the same technique I used on the Brussels sprouts to these purple cabbage. I used a small board at the base of the plant to prevent cutworm.
I was using a cloth to cover over the top of these plants. Again, this method is used to prevent the butterfly to lay their eggs and later the egg will hatch and turn into worm that feasting on the leaves. If they cannot lay their eggs, then there will be less worm for me to take care off. On top of that, I was using Epsom salt and miracle gro to boost their roots and growth. I used insect repellant to strongly keeping the bugs away.
This method seems to work beautifully. I will use this method again for the next season. I washed the cloth with bleach. I will reuse the material since it has proven to be working. I am going to wait until early frost or until the cabbages are bigger before I harvesting them.

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