Sunday, April 12, 2015

Curry Leaves Plant Update

Last year I have sowed the seeds of the curry leaves plant. Today, I repotted them in a bigger container.
 There are about six plants sprouted. I might get another 2 more if the seedlings survived. You can read on my previous post on the seeds I started. During winter, I have the seedlings tucked inside the Ziploc bag. Once a month I check on the plant to make sure they are not dry.
 The weather is better today. We get about 40 to 50 degree F. I don't think the baby curry leaves plants need the zip loc bag. They look healthy. The curry leaves plants are moving from a 2-inch pot into a 4-inch pot. The root of these plants are very good. Some roots are long and spiral or stringy. I could as well transplant them in a 6-inch container.
 I used a piece of paper towel to cover the hole at the bottom of the container. I am using the miracle gro potting soil mixed with some perlite. I find these soil less mixture provide better health to the root.
 Since the weather was very nice this morning, I go ahead transplanting the babies from this mother plant into their individual pot.
 There are too many baby plants at the base of this curry leaves plant.
 Those babies I pulled that do not have the root went into the glass jar with some warm water. I hope they will develop the root in the water.
 The baby curry leaves plants that has some roots are transplanted into their individual container. I am using an empty 2liter soda bottle for the container. I made some small holes at the bottom of the bottle for drainage and removed the top part since the plant is too tall and not needed moisture.
I left a few babies at the base of the mother plant so that she will not get lonely. I also did a drastic pruning to the top of the plant. This pruning is needed for the plant to produce more branches and more healthy leaves for harvesting.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seeds for 2015

Once again, another year of growing season is about to begin. Although there is snow everywhere at this moment, I know I will have a very good summer time. I have visited the store and bought some seeds. I have carrots, beets, string beans, zucchini, peas, lavender, romaine lettuce, radishes, peppers and swiss chard. I also have some old seeds that might still viable like tomatillo, eggplants, sun flowers and spinach.

There is no special plant I am adding to the garden this year. I am planning to grow regular plants I normally grow each year. Last year, I have tried growing Roselle, a tropical plant. I found out that the plant requires longer time to mature and produce fruits. With the shorter summer time here, the plant did not give me any fruit. However, I am happy to consume the sour taste of the leaves. I still have the left over seeds and will plant them this year.

Brussels sprout and the purple cabbage did very well last year. I may try them again this year. I will use the same method I did, that is to use a row cover. It will keep the butterfly away from laying their eggs on the plants.

I have sketched the layout for the garden. I am rotating the 4 quadrants of Heavy feeder, Light feeder, Medium feeder and Soil Amendments. I have started this method since last year. It is said that this method will keep the bugs at bay and improve the soil fertility.

Another technique I try last year was to create a trench and bury food scrap in it. This method is also to help boosting the soil.

I have been collecting a lot of the empty soda bottles throughout winter. I am planning to use the soda bottle to cover the young plants. The soda bottle will protect plants from wind damage and cut worm. This technique has been working great in the past. I will continue doing this.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The end of 2014

The year of 2014 is approaching to the end. I am very pleased and blessed with all the good and happy memories throughout this year. A lot of tasks I have accomplished despite the changes in the administration. Love life was soaring even though my dearest honey had to undergo a massive surgery. Being a worker and a care giver was not an easy tasks. I thought I did them well. The growing season was really awesome. For the very first time after too many years, the Brussel sprouts grew for me. The same happened to the purple cabbage and the Roselle plants. I am very happy and had shared the wealth with my good friends.

Visiting mom’s house was the most enjoying time I had this year. Three weeks there celebrating the Ramadan Eid and my sister’s birthday seems too short but I was happy to see the family. My nieces and nephews are all growing into a beautiful young ladies and young man. They are doing well at school and I am so proud of all of them.

I am hopeful and looking forward to another great year in 2015. I am wishing Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers. I will see you all next year.


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