Thursday, June 02, 2011

Seeds Frenzy & Other Stuff Growing

It's been over a month since my last update on what I call 'burnt bottom tomatoes'. Thanks to all who posted comments to enlighten me on what the burnt bottom actually was and what caused it. Thinking back, I may have applied a tad too much of nitrogen-rich fertilizer on my tomato plant. Since my last update till now, I have harvested a bunch of my cute cherry tomatoes, a couple of my burnt bottom tomatoes, a tiny white radish and some stalks of Asian spinach (bayam). Now, I'm all ready to widen my horizon and grow more of other edible stuff with the variety of seeds I bought while on a work trip in London last week. In fact, I think I could almost open a farm with the amount of seeds I bought. I just can't help myself. Not only is the packaging attractive, they're cheap too. Got these at only 1 pound per packet at Poundland, where everything is priced at 1 pound. Here are the packets of seeds I bought...;D

To mention a few, the seeds above include broad beans, dwarf beans, italian beans, carrots, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes (moneymaker, sunbaby, garden pearl, gardener's delight and marmande), onion and herbs (basil, rocket salad, coriander, parsley, mint and thyme). I'm not even sure if all of these will grow, but gardening is all about trial and error, success and what the heck!!

I've cleared my cherry tomato plants as their time was up but the same 'burnt bottom tomato' plant is still standing and bearing some more luscious tomatoes for me. I came back from London on Monday night to find them delightfully ripe and red. Oh, here they are :)...(in the chicken curry pot these will go this weekend)

My pak choy are also growing well. One container has a few pak choy growing and ready for harvest in the next 1-2 weeks and the other with young plants still growing. As veggies like pak choy mature within 1-2 months, they are usually heavy feeders, thus fertilizer needs to be applied every other week. I use organic chicken manure.

Below are two ginger plants. They were planted at the same time but one is growing well while the other seems to be growing really slow. It's been about 2.5 months now but I hope the rhizomes are developing well underneath the soil. I really look forward to the day I can dig them out. Surrounding the ginger are pak choy. Just trying to make use of every inch of space I have in the container.

Happy gardening and more updates later!