Cherry Tomato

I tried to plant cherry tomato from seeds with hope that one day I would be able to collect the tomato and eat them as salad. After 2 months of planting, out of 6 small plants which sprouted from the seeds, only 2 managed to grow big. And then they started to produce flowers.

I have been checking whether any of the flower turn into tiny green tomato but I couldn’t see any. I even thought perhaps I should try the manual pollination to help my tomato plant..haha!

And then a few days ago I saw this tiny red tomato hanging alone on the vine tip. I feel like jumping with joy watching my first home grown cherry tomato.

As I am writing this entry, I found some info about the two types of tomato plants from organicgardening.com.

“Tomato plants are vines, and they have two basic ways of growing, called determinate and indeterminate.

The vines of determinate varieties (sometimes called bush tomatoes) grow only 1 to 3 feet long, and the main stem and side stems produce about three flower clusters each. Once flowers form at the vine tips, the plant stops growing. This means determinate types set fruit over about a two-week period and then stop, which makes them excellent choices for canning.

Indeterminate tomatoes have sprawling vines that grow 6 to 20 feet long. Most produce about three flower clusters at every second leaf. They keep growing and producing unless stopped by frost, disease, or lack of nutrients, which means you can keep picking fresh tomatoes the whole season. Pruning is necessary, however, or they will put too much energy into vine production.”

I am not sure whether the cherry tomato plants I have is the determinate or indeterminate varieties. I think I have to read more about tomato planting after this.

Bendi Heirloom Mammoth Spineless

This is like the third time I tried to sow okra/lady fingers seeds. The two times that I tried none ever grow. But this time somehow two healthy plants emerge from the soil..hehe!

For this type of okra – Mammoth Spineless I bought the seeds from Diana of Kebun Bahagia Bersama. Check out her entry about this heirloom lady fingers plant : Rare Heirloom Mammoth Spineless Lady’s Fingers.

I have moved the pot to another part of the yard where it can get sunlight and splash of rain (though it has not been raining for many weeks now).

I’m praying that the Mammoth lady fingers plant will grow well and I can get to taste at least one okra that I plant on my own.

Happy Gardening In 2014!

I hope it’s still not too late to wish everyone who happen to come to this gardening blog, a new year wish!

May your garden will be flourished with blooms and bountiful of harvest in 2014!

What’s your gardening resolution? Mine will be to have a bigger edible garden while adding to the existing collection of exotic flowering plants :)

Update on Kenanga/Ylang Ylang

Since the akar dani plant take over most of the space nearby my kenanga plant, I sometimes forget its existence.

Last month I noticed there were new blooms coming out from the ylang ylang. I quickly snapped some pictures. The first bloom is usually in green then after a few days the flower will turn to yellow and smell really fragrant.

I’m still not sure what’s the best way to propagate my ylang ylang plant. Will have to do more research and take some risk to experiment.

Aromatic Thai Basil

There are many types of basil, but this particular one is known as Thai basil or Ocimum basilicum ssp.

A friend gave me the plant several months ago. I’ve seen the leaves being used in Thai dishes but never like the taste and the smell of it.

Thai basil has purple stems and flowers and spear-like leaves. Since it is a tropical plant, it should be placed in a spot receiving at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

From what I read, propagation can be done by sowing seeds and stem cuttings. Perhaps in days to come I will let the flowers dry and see whether there’s any seed to harvest.

However if you are into harvesting the leaves for cooking ingredient, you shouldn’t let the basil flower. Pinch the flower when it appears and trim the tip to make it bushy.

Thai basil is also a good companion plant if you are planting other type of vegetables. The strong aroma could help repel pests.

Update On Labu Manis (Pumpkin)

After 12 days of sowing the seed of labu manis which I bought at pasar malam for the purpose of cooking sayur air, this is how the leaves look like, very green and healthy.

But check out 3 days later, a bad and evil grasshopper (as reported by Mr Hubby) has been eating the leaves. My son said, bad grasshopper, bad grasshopper..haha!

I am yet to see the large grasshopper in person every time I go out and water the plants. I hope it won’t continue digesting all the leaves as I plan to pick the young shoot of labu manis (pucuk labu) to cook masak lemak.

East Indian Rosebay – Bunga Susun Kelapa

When I bought this flowering plant at Floria many years ago, the seller told me that the Malay name is bunga susun kelapa. That time my main intention is to have as many scented tropical plants in my garden like kesidang, kemuning and bunga cina.

Over the years, the plant has been growing well, budding a lot but failed to bloom.

Recently after I have moved it to a different spot in my limited yard, I noticed the buds start to bloom.

The scientific name for bunga susun kelapa is Ervatamia coronaria. It is known as East Indian Rosebay, one of Indian herbs. Check more info here: East Indian Bay, Indian Herbs.

I think I will try to propagate it by cuttings soon just in case it decides to die on me like my gardenia plant.

Edible Gardening

I have decided to stop planting flowering plants and try edible gardening.

About 2 weeks ago, I bought labu manis or pumpkin from the nearby pasar malam to be cooked sayur air. Since I have to remove the seeds, I thought why not try to plant them in soil. After all I have so many empty pots after the roses decided to die on me 4 months ago..huhu!

Look what I found after 5 days. Never thought the seeds will sprout so soon since I’ve read that they usually take around 7-10 days to sprout.

Then I decided to plant the seeds of sawi bought from tanamsendiri.com in February 2013.

Look what I found after 2 days.

I just hope most of the sprouts will continue to grow. I can’t wait to cook sayur sawi tanam sendiri..haha!

Seven Sisters Continued

These pictures of seven sisters rose were taken earlier this month. It has been raining almost daily since it’s monsoon season. Fortunately the seven sisters does not suffer so much except for the attack of thrips and occasionally blackspot fungus on the leaves.

This was taken right after the rain stops one afternoon. The fragrance of seven sisters is heavenly, one of the best reason why a rose lover should have one in her garden..heh!

I lost many of the buds due to thrips. Some managed to bloom halfway and then they wilted. I have to spray chemical pesticide/insecticide every now and then to maintain most of my rose plants.

For more info on seven sisters, please read my previous entry – Seven Sisters Rose.

Lavaglut Continued

I have mentioned about this wonderful red rose before in my post Rose Lavaglut.

These 2 pictures were taken in September. At the time it was taken, it was blooming profusely before I neglected it for 3 days.

To save the plant from further abuse (haha!) I have pruned and deadhead it. You wouldn’t believe the level of abuse you could inflict on poor rose plant when you forgot to water it for 3 consecutive days. All the new blooms and leaves wilted.

Since now the rainy season has started, I hope this Lavaglut will keep on blooming great red flowers. They are certainly a joy to look at even in dark, rainy day.

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