I’m off to India tomorrow on official work. One of gardening friends mentioned that does one really de-stress while gardening or gets stressed thinking about whether all plants have been watered, fertilized or not. I have decided to place my trust my friend Utiyama-san/my landlord to take care of my office garden and and my wife to take care of my home garden. In the meanwhile, I have been busy harvesting veggies already!
I was delighted with the 8 or so potatoes from my first plant – I took them home immediately. The funny thing about these freshly harvested potatoes is that you rub against the skin while washing them and the skin peels off! Wonderful taste – just pop a few in the microwave oven after washing them, cut half way and deftly insert thin slices of butter, a sprinkling of salt and some chat masala and eat them immediately. These were the best potatoes I have ever tasted.
Second day’s harvest and rose cuttings
On the second day, I harvested some broccoli and beans. And, as the title of this post indicates, I received some cuttings of a fragrant rose variety and some cuttings of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and immediately planted them in deep pots applying rooting hormone at the cut ends before inserting them in special mix. Next year promises to be a rosy one (pun intended)!
Cosmos and Balsam
In the meanwhile, I found small Cosmos plant and Balsam plants scattered all over the field; these were probably from the scattering of seeds from last year. I promptly picked up a few and placed them in a pot. As the flowers bloom, I can present it to some non-gardening friend and see his delighted face!
My cauliflowers and broccoli have turned out quite all right.
One or two of the cauliflowers showed a purple tinge in the stems. I wonder why. Any ideas?
View of the cauliflower and broccoli plants
(Left corner shows three gladiolus bulbs that I planted to add some color. Not sure whether flowers will bloom this year)
View of potatoes, edamame and corn
Corns seem to be doing well too. I learned that I had to periodically check the plastic bands that I had used to secure the corn plant to the stay. As the corn grows, the plastic bites into the stem; luckily I unloosened the bands allowing the corn to grow freely. The yellow flowers at the far end corner are marigolds.
The tomatoes have come up fast. Initially thought of setting the stays in teepee shape, but have now set the poles erect and have led two stems from each plant up each pole. I should be harvesting large tomatoes from four and mini tomatoes from four plants in another week or so.
The rest of the plot looks a bit barren thanks to a few pests in the soil that calmly ate up the roots of my Okra and Moroheiya plants!
While eggplants (left row) are growing with gay abandon, the pepper and cucumber plants have been ravaged by that round fat little worm that gnaws away at the roots and kills the plants. I’m looking to the day when I can round up all these pests and treat them to a gigantic spoon of chilli powder – and I won’t give them any water to drink.
White and pink varieties of the African Daisy (I think)
I’m happy with the blooms of these two flowers at my office garden. They continue to spread too – I cut off the baby plant from its parent and it starts growing independently yielding more flowers. Isn’t nature wonderful?
In the meanwhile, I received rose cuttings again from a friend of my daughter. These are yellow roses; I had the audacity to ask my daughter to go and request cuttings from the neighbor. The good soul sent more than ten of them. It is really not too difficult to propagate roses. Here are the tools and the cuttings:
Rose cuttings and the tools
I guess the photo is self explanatory. The rose cuttings on the right are trimmed to remove flowers and trim off the leaves too. Make a clean cut just below a node, dip the cut surface in a rooting hormone and insert it in prepared soil (which is light and contains vermiculite, etc.). Stick the cutting deep inside so that it doesn’t budge.
Rose cuttings planted
And the results are as you see above.
Until the next post, happy gardening!
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