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After taking a year to settle in with job and massive house renovation since we came back from Auckland in April 2011, finally In March 2012 I resume gardening time.
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2011 Summer Garden
This summer, other than my usual crop of dwarf beans and lettuces, thanks to my beautician friend Lily supplying me various types of Chinese green leafy vegetable seedlings, we got to enjoy home grown Chinese cabbages.
|A pro farmer's look? :-P|
|snap shot @ 29/01/2011|
|Beans harvested @29/01/2011|
2010 Fresh New Garden
This spring, my landlord decided to redo the backyard landscape which affected my little garden that I had cultivated since last year. I was forced to dig out all my old plants and start off with a new garden. Now, I was so pleased to see my new garden growing so well again. All the vegetables lettuces, herbs and beans seeds that I sowed in spring have grown healthily.
2009 Summer Garden
When I first saw our rented house in Auckland has a huge compound, it triggered me to work into my little dream garden. The compound has very rich and good soil. The landlord told us that, the previous tenants used to plant vegetables and the soil was rich with compost.
We moved in during winter, July 2009, with the miserable cold weather especially for new comers from tropical country who were so used to 32 C degree of temperature and with a sudden changed of weather to less than 10 C degree weather, you could imagine the layers of clothes we were wearing. It was definitely non appealing to spend any minutes outdoor, needless to say to work on a garden!
However, the cold weather didn't turn off my gardening interests. I started off by having 2 small living herb pots -Coriander and Parsley which I bought it over a veggie shop. I placed them over my kitchen window panel which was very handy for me whenever I wish to garnish my dishes. My kitchen located at a very warm spot, it gets direct sunlight, one will easily get sun burnt during sunny spell while cooking in the kitchen! The 2 plants grew extremely well there.
Soon, when the summer hit in, after sending off Ray to school, I started off to cultivate a small piece of land at the backyard. With generous contribution of herbs plants such as lemon grass, Vietnamese Mint (Daun Kesum) , Mints, Galangal from JS's friend Dennis and Wai Cheng, my little herb garden soon thrive to form shape.
|Initial look @ Jan 2010|
|Vietnamese Mint (Daun Kesum/Daun Laksa)|
These herbs usually use in our Asian curry and spicy soup cooking.
Fruit and Veggie
|Cherry tomatoes @ 19/03/2010|
|Cherry Tomatoes seedling @ 8/01/2010|
|Cherry Tomatoes flowered @ 5/02/2010|
|Harvest @ 21/03/2010|
|Harvest @ 4/03/2010|
Big Chili @ 2/05/2010
|Yellow Chili @ 3/03/2010|
|Mutated Yellow Chili (upward growing)|
|Harvest @ 8/05/2010|
Another successful plant that I have grown on my own, other than dwarf bean which I sowed from seeds. Another proof showing that I do have green fingers after all. :-P
|BEFORE (Sowed @ 20/03/2010 )|
|AFTER (Harvest @ 2/05/2010)|