A pair of chopsticks is my indispensable gardening tool. I am never without it when I step into my little garden.
“Please pull me up – I’d like to be as tall as my sisters and see the view”
I can almost hear the little viola say these words to me when I approach the planter. I bring out my chopsticks and gently pull up the little viola. I can hear the little sigh of happiness from the viola.
Violas standing erect and overlooking the garden
I use chopsticks to:
Pull out unwanted weeds
Create a hole and plant a small seedling
Take away dried leaves and other unwanted object from pots
And perform a host of other jobs, such as inserting a chopstick through the hole at the bottom of a polyester pot to work loose a new plant for transplanting, remove pests such as green worms from cabbage leaves, pick up small seeds and sow them, mark lines on the soil and even use them as props for small seedlings! The disposable chopsticks are an indispensable weapon in my armory of garden tools.
I was also delighted to see my first flower of the potato plant!
Flower of the potato plant
I planted the clover seeds in autumn last year after reading that they improve the soil on which they are grown.
Clover – an ethereal quality
They possess an ethereal quality and I love their elegance. I’m not sure how to make best of these after the flowering season is over. Do I allow them to dry out in place and bury them?
Peach tree – is that a fruit?
The peach tree that I planted last autumn flowered and I was surprised to find a fruit too! Does such a small plant yield fruits? It is less than a meter in height from the ground.
Geraniums – white and red
In the meanwhile, the small bed that I made especially for geraniums at the corner of the house has burst out in red and white!
Yesterday, today and tomorrow
I was delighted to find the first bloom of the fragrant flower with the cryptic name Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in my planter on the balcony. The flower is now purple, but over time it is likely to turn white.
The first blueberries up for grabs! Looks like this time I’m going to have some blueberries. I planted six of these last year – three belonging to the Hi Bush variety and three to the Rabbit Eye variety. And yes, that is the price tag. The Hi Bush is the most expensive plant in my garden.
The carrot plants seem to be doing fine – although I have no idea how to know when to harvest the carrots. This is the first time I have sowed carrots and that too from seeds purchased in India in February this year. The primrose (pink) plant next to the carrots are dwarfed by the pot marigold plants. I have decided to move the primroses to a different location.
Finally here’s the latest view of my veggie patch.
Veggie patch as in the first week of May
After harvesting the komatsuna in the foreground, I have planted four Okra plants. I also planted a colorful dahlia at the corner. The empty space in the middle row will soon be occupied by a different vegetable species – this is where I harvested the small red radishes.
And to end this post, here’s the colorful Dahlia!
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