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RolyPoly
14-05-2010, 10:47 AM
I hope more forummers will share photos taken from their garden here. It would be interesting to share what's growing in each of our garden. Here are mine:

A purple Ruellia
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/F4UtJ1cETk1HYwzBpL1TyA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_ocFPKr-qRpA/S-y6T103z5I/AAAAAAAALSw/JqIHhWVEWEI/s800/ruella.jpg" /></a>

A pink Amaryllis
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7I5LFtbm4izhHpjDPYUTTQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_ocFPKr-qRpA/S-UzFq17afI/AAAAAAAALOQ/xXlVbGk2zqY/s800/Amaryllis2.jpg" /></a>

A white Orchid
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OPOFuLxjFKOeRtOm2O6ITw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_ocFPKr-qRpA/SvBMLggzqGI/AAAAAAAAJts/m1jh1qKicYY/s800/whiteorchid.jpg" /></a>

A ladyfinger bloom
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/BToVH2FYjlJnlux2HoKbWg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_ocFPKr-qRpA/SoYn5a-mvYI/AAAAAAAAI2M/RfhChM5eZK8/s800/ladyfinger-flower.jpg" /></a>

Naka
15-05-2010, 07:28 PM
RP, thanks for sharing. Will look into my garden later. :D

lady-o-leisure
16-05-2010, 12:00 AM
RP.... i loooove the last one.. It is soooo sharp and the middle just pops out at you. :) nice :)

RolyPoly
16-05-2010, 07:49 PM
Thanks, L-O-L. It's spring now for you. So what is growing there?

Naka, I look forward to visiting your garden virtually.

alicialph
18-05-2010, 10:25 AM
nice refreshing series.. :P i seldom photograph flowers anymore...

CS Chua
25-05-2010, 09:48 AM
OK, I have been working on my garden for a few months and it is about 80% completed. So, here is a snapshot of it. Hopefully I can finish everything by August or September. The fu kwai faa has no flowers because I just pruned it. Usually they are full of red flowers as well as the roses. When they are blooming again, I will take another picture.

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp99/majesticforest/DSC_1209.jpg

lady-o-leisure
26-05-2010, 05:50 AM
Thanks, L-O-L. It's spring now for you. So what is growing there?


Ok RP :) Here they are ...

Grapes in April 2010
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/California/_MG_8863.jpg
Then today...
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/California/_MG_4723.jpg

One lonely fig
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/California/_MG_4728.jpg

Squash (today)
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/California/_MG_4729.jpg

Aprium
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/California/_MG_8866.jpg

Asian Pear
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/California/IMG_4727.jpg

and pomegranate
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/California/_MG_4725.jpg

Unfortunately, the Apriums have not been growing very well. They are rather small. Slightly better this year tho, but after this season ends, we should cut the branches down and hopefully it will be better next year.
There is a 'mandarin' tree as well but since i came here, i've never seen it bear fruit. The pomegranate tree is new. There is also a persimmon tree that looks pathetic at the moment. I think the darn dogs' pee is too toxic for the yard. Even grass isnt growing. There are loads of tomato plants as well but they havent started to fruit yet. Only a few flowers popping up now. Oh.. some some chili (mexican type) plants too. Those are all still young. Should hv something in about 2mths.

Naka
26-05-2010, 11:16 AM
Ok RP :) Here they are ...

..

Unfortunately, the Apriums have not been growing very well. They are rather small. Slightly better this year tho, but after this season ends, we should cut the branches down and hopefully it will be better next year.
There is a 'mandarin' tree as well but since i came here, i've never seen it bear fruit. The pomegranate tree is new. There is also a persimmon tree that looks pathetic at the moment. I think the darn dogs' pee is too toxic for the yard. Even grass isnt growing. There are loads of tomato plants as well but they havent started to fruit yet. Only a few flowers popping up now. Oh.. some some chili (mexican type) plants too. Those are all still young. Should hv something in about 2mths.


Wow, LOL, your land must be big...hobby farm kah? :D

RolyPoly
10-06-2010, 08:48 PM
OK, I have been working on my garden for a few months and it is about 80% completed. So, here is a snapshot of it. Hopefully I can finish everything by August or September. The fu kwai faa has no flowers because I just pruned it. Usually they are full of red flowers as well as the roses. When they are blooming again, I will take another picture.

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp99/majesticforest/DSC_1209.jpg

A reflexology pathway, thats cool!! Do you walk bare-footed on it, Chua? Heard that it is supposed to be therapeutic.

RolyPoly
10-06-2010, 08:52 PM
LOL, it's fascinating to see the different fruits & vegies that you have in your garden. They are so different than what we have here. I am glad I started this thread. At least I can visit your garden virtually and find out what's growing! Am I an armchair gardening enthusiast??? :p

Good Guy
12-06-2010, 05:42 PM
Can someone help? I am a dinosaur. How to download my photo here?

I click the Mountain icon, but have to type the url. I don't think this is the correct way. :o

Naka
12-06-2010, 05:49 PM
Can someone help? I am a dinosaur. How to download my photo here?

I click the Mountain icon, but have to type the url. I don't think this is the correct way. :o

Normally I upload the photos to:-

http://photobucket.com./

Then I copy the 4th Icon....IMG code and paste it here.

fRaNkY
12-06-2010, 09:32 PM
Ini macam
http://i401.photobucket. com/albums/pp99/majesticforest /DSC_1209. jpg

Good Guy
12-06-2010, 11:55 PM
Aiyah! Don't know how.

May I then invite you to my blog to view the little sunbird in my garden?

http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2010/06/little-sunbird-at-window.html

lady-o-leisure
27-06-2010, 04:26 AM
Aiyo! I tell you all.. i must be losing my eyesight big time. Almost everyday, i go out and look at the squash to see if they hv gotten any bigger, and suddenly today i saw this...
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/_MG_5337.jpg

So i freaked out OMG!!!!! then hubby comes.. and he goes OMG!!!!!!

How on earth could we hv missed this?? I really dont understand.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/_MG_5338.jpg

Well.. all the rest are only like 3" long at the moment. This is the only large oversize squash. Oh i just weighed it, and it weighs 1.25kg. Aiya! Looks like u all can guess what's for dinner tonight. :D

lady-o-leisure
27-06-2010, 06:54 AM
I forgot to mention that it is a grey zucchini. Shouldn't be allowed to get that big tho. :eek:

Naka
27-06-2010, 03:33 PM
I forgot to mention that it is a grey zucchini. Shouldn't be allowed to get that big tho. :eek:


OMG, it's big alright :D :D :D :rolleyes:

RolyPoly
03-08-2010, 11:22 PM
L-O-L, your zucchini is big! I harvested a mini radish from my garden last week.

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zPLmq87VKX3zS3bqUXGEpA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TFGvRsQ3o9I/AAAAAAAAClQ/jkpfopF0KJo/s800/Radish%20Tuber.jpg" /></a>

lady-o-leisure
04-08-2010, 12:35 AM
RP.... finally trying to catch up here huh? heheh.. we missed u around the forum. That sure is a nice white daikon. Does it take long to grow? Maybe that is something i can consider growing in the garden soon.
Hubby is putting in 3 large planter boxes.. so the past few days, it's been woodwork and digging. Need to decide what veggies to grow in those boxes and now u've just given me an idea.
:D
I hv tooooo many tomatoes now, that i hv just frozen some for winter use and everyone is sick of zucchini already. hahhaha.... I also hv sooo many chilis so i think i will freeze some too.

RolyPoly
15-08-2010, 11:32 PM
RP.... finally trying to catch up here huh? heheh.. we missed u around the forum. That sure is a nice white daikon. Does it take long to grow? Maybe that is something i can consider growing in the garden soon.
Hubby is putting in 3 large planter boxes.. so the past few days, it's been woodwork and digging. Need to decide what veggies to grow in those boxes and now u've just given me an idea.
:D
I hv tooooo many tomatoes now, that i hv just frozen some for winter use and everyone is sick of zucchini already. hahhaha.... I also hv sooo many chilis so i think i will freeze some too.


Hi LoL, have been busy lately so usually I am too tired to check the forum in the evening.

The radishes were very easy to grow. No problem with pest too. It took me 12 weeks to harvest my first batch. Last week I germinated some seeds and these are what I did.

Day 1- I keep the seeds in a container of water overnite.
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hKS2QtLnBv5LuzmpTsfHdw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TFzt6R613hI/AAAAAAAACok/8Hmfs8jBcjE/s800/Radish-Aug5-1.jpg" /></a>

That night itself, one of the seeds has sprouted.

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jqTz2MtOKIPwO629qSbp1A?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TFzt6mOBgrI/AAAAAAAACoo/Rzsf-L142Os/s800/Radish-Aug5-2.jpg" /></a>

Day 2 - Transfer the seeds to a container filled with paper kitchen towel and keep them moist at all time with water. Ensure the container is covered at all time.
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JVg0fZAN84U9bOhte7avfQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TFzt7RuFugI/AAAAAAAACos/CIIbP35xwFs/s800/Radish-Aug6-1.jpg" /></a>

Day 3 - Keep the seeds in it for 1 day and they will start to sprout.

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ZXWeWqv0h0w2DqGYuxD7Lg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TFzt8DiUV-I/AAAAAAAACo0/9mSX7VgOC5I/s800/Radish-Aug7-1.jpg" /></a>


Day 3 - Seeds sprouting well with 4 leaves.

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/MVkWw1ctxaB_NuinqEc_fA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TGFTc5VObGI/AAAAAAAACqE/j5z85gAhb6U/s800/Radish-10Aug2010.jpg" /></a>


Day 6 - I tranplanted the seedlings with 4 leaves into soil. They are growing well now. Feed them with organic fertilizer and they will grow fast too. Ensure your soil is loose in order to get bigger tubers. Use deep pot so that the radish and grow deep into the soil. Don't overcrowd the radish plants. I am growing mine in container so I had 4 radish plants in 1 pot. This may not give me very big tuber. But I don't have much space at home so got to be contented with this.

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/mAlZtYtaNJU2NJe7MdqT2w?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TGFThFgUmwI/AAAAAAAACqM/Ba0jlPtFUEU/s800/Radish-10Aug2010-2.jpg" /></a>

Hope you will try this out. I had lotsa fun growing and documenting them.

RolyPoly
05-05-2011, 11:29 PM
Can't resist sharing this pink beauty that bloomed in my garden recently! A pink hydrangea!

<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6ElRHZo9fvT3FW4coeewuQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TZsZhvqs7qI/AAAAAAAAC88/IIEpU52QA_4/s640/DSC02462.JPG" height="558" width="640" /></a>

<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tUmSJufoarxzOM1zQ6kAfQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_QUFxz9Zy74I/TZsZhobeg8I/AAAAAAAAC84/HBTzw09HrYY/s640/DSC02463.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a>

These photos were taken with my mobile phone and amazingly they turned out prettily! :p

lady-o-leisure
07-05-2011, 05:04 AM
I like your pretty pink hydrangeas. The ones i hv are kinda darker than yours but still some shade of pink i guess. Not even sure what color it is supposed to be.

Strawberries are growing properly, finally. First the flowers....
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/flowers/_MG_1036.jpg

....then the fruit.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/flowers/_MG_1032.jpg

And one more weird carrot-trio.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/Food/_MG_0916.jpg

Hubby has pulled out most of the winter crop already and i spent most of Sunday, canning the beets. They're all in jars now.. waiting to be eaten.

Only carrots are left in there for now, while new summer crop seeds are already in.

RolyPoly
07-05-2011, 02:09 PM
Wow, it's nice to have so many crops from your garden, LoL!! I would love to have a big piece of land behind my house where I can grow vegies, herbs and flowers. And strawberries like yours too! Watching Jamie Oliver plucking vegies from his backyard garden and cooked up a meal or even bbq.....that's one of my dreams!

lady-o-leisure
07-05-2011, 03:18 PM
We did get some cauliflower but not so much...

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/Food/_MG_0128.jpg

and also some broccoli but i missed out on pictures when we went to New Orleans. I asked my friend drop by while i was away, to take them or they would start to flower instead.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/Food/_MG_0135.jpg

Our daikon didnt turn out well, no idea why though. Kinda sad looking ones we had. Since rutabaga and parsnips arent too favored around here, we wont be growing those again next winter. Snap peas were abundant.
I just realized i havent even posted the final pics of the grapes. siigh.. too disorganized.

Naka
07-05-2011, 03:59 PM
Looks like LOL has more vegetables than me....pui fook x2

lady-o-leisure
08-05-2011, 01:25 AM
It's only thanks to you Naka for opening up our eyes to the possibility of growing our own vegetables in our yard. I used to show hubby the pics of your snap peas and so on.. and he decided to start a veggie patch too. He went all out and built raised beds for the 3 patches. Our soil is horribly hard and useless so the raised beds were necessary to fill with good potting mix and so on. Also, it could be fenced off from the dogs.
We just put in a dragonfruit plant too. Hope that works out well. The avocado and persimmon trees didnt do well.

Summer crop will consist of 'burpless' cucumbers (i get angin from cucumbers), watermelon, bell peppers (they cost USD1 each at the supermarket), japanese eggplant and tomatoes. Squash will be put in soon too. I think that sounds like i will be making ratatouille a lot in summer. ahhaha.

We're trying to get some hens also for eggs. See how that goes. :)

Naka
08-05-2011, 06:25 AM
LOL, I am pleasantly surprised you are taking it that serious from the few photos I posted :D :D And you are planting Dragon Fruits too.

Please do keep us posted on the progress. :D

lady-o-leisure
08-05-2011, 07:09 AM
LOL, I am pleasantly surprised you are taking it that serious from the few photos I posted :D :D And you are planting Dragon Fruits too.

Please do keep us posted on the progress. :D

This is how we learn from one another. :) That's partly what this forum is about, isn't it? :)

Oh.. some plants from Home Depot carry a one year warranty. ehhehe.. if it dies, just dig it out and carry it back to them along with the receipt. No questions asked. Not bad eh? heheheh

RolyPoly
09-05-2011, 11:13 AM
LOL, I am pleasantly surprised you are taking it that serious from the few photos I posted :D :D And you are planting Dragon Fruits too.

Please do keep us posted on the progress. :D

Wow, Naka....your few pix can lead to a big endeavour in LoL's household!! You never know what an inspiration it can be, right? So keep posting your pix and bring in more inspiration for us!!

Naka
09-05-2011, 11:16 AM
Wow, Naka....your few pix can lead to a big endeavour in LoL's household!! You never know what an inspiration it can be, right? So keep posting your pix and bring in more inspiration for us!!

RP, thanks, now that I know those postings can be useful, I'll definitely update my dragon fruits. :D

RolyPoly
09-05-2011, 11:16 AM
LoL, I love reading about your garden! Do post more photos and share here. It's so lovely to have cauliflower, carrot, zucchini from your own garden. If you want to have some kangkung, pak choy, choi sum or any of our local vegies, let me know. I can send you some seeds from here. I don't have the space to grow them here. So it would be nice to see the process of them growing in other's garden.

Naka
09-05-2011, 11:20 AM
LoL, I love reading about your garden! Do post more photos and share here. It's so lovely to have cauliflower, carrot, zucchini from your own garden. If you want to have some kangkung, pak choy, choi sum or any of our local vegies, let me know. I can send you some seeds from here. I don't have the space to grow them here. So it would be nice to see the process of them growing in other's garden.

RP, we can buy these kangkung, pak choy, choi sum seeds etc everywhere.

I onced planted kangkung, we ate and ate kangkung until our knees oso went soft. :D :D

RolyPoly
09-05-2011, 11:35 AM
Oh do post your dragon fruit photos! I have seen the tree but not when it's bearing fruits. Pls post, Naka!

Ha ha..I was ROTFLOL about your kangkung. I have grown some in pots but never enuf to turn the kaki wobbly. Each harvest was enuf to serve as ulam. Not even sufficient for a plate of kangkung goreng belacan.

Naka
09-05-2011, 11:41 AM
Oh do post your dragon fruit photos! I have seen the tree but not when it's bearing fruits. Pls post, Naka!

Ha ha..I was ROTFLOL about your kangkung. I have grown some in pots but never enuf to turn the kaki wobbly. Each harvest was enuf to serve as ulam. Not even sufficient for a plate of kangkung goreng belacan.

I will update my dragon fruits and that's for sure.

I once planted kangkung in 3' 0" by 6' 0" corner & they were so many to eat. :D

lady-o-leisure
21-07-2011, 07:17 AM
The winter veggies are all gone already and now it has been taken over by the summer crops.

At the moment, there are some spaghetti squash but those are hard to take pics of coz they are are hidden by lots of large leaves. There are black bell peppers but not many at the moment, a few green bell peppers, some zucchini, french beans, corn, banana peppers (will take some pics of those soonish) and some jalapenos. What i did take pics of today, is the watermelon. Little baby watermelons are sprouting out here and there.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/macro/_MG_2311.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/macro/_MG_2318.jpg

I had no idea baby watermelons hv fuzz. heehhe One is about an inch big, another about 2" big.

Dervish
22-07-2011, 12:11 PM
Wow, LadyOL!! I have never seen a water-melon growing from a plant. Fascinating! Could you post more photos please? When the melon gets heavy, how does the plant support its weight? Does melons hang from trees? Is it even a tree? Nah... a shrub maybe? Thanks for sharing. More photos please? :)

lady-o-leisure
22-07-2011, 02:19 PM
Thanks for your interest VP. The melons are growing so fast that it is almost double the size it was yesterday. Hubby planted the Sugar Baby variety that wont be very big. I will take more pics of the plant for u to see tomorrow.

Heirloom Banana Peppers.... almost ready to be plucked. I will pickle them after they are picked.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2375.jpg

Black bellpepper.. sorry the pic isnt very good coz they are in a caged bed and there are so many leaves blocking, so i can't get a proper view of it. If my neighbors see me squatting all over the yard in weird angles, they will wonder what on earth i am up to. There are also green bell peppers but i cant get to them.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2364.jpg

Early Girl tomatoes pictured here. There are also Roma tomatoes, Yellow Pear tomatoes and something else i cant remember at the moment at another side of the yard.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2378.jpg

Two types of cucumber, white and green cucumbers
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2377.jpg

French beans (they are called green beans here tho)
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2363.jpg

Dervish
22-07-2011, 03:11 PM
Gosh! I am so inspired by your photos. Black bellpeppers? I haven't even heard of those. Tell me about your soil. How do you "prepare" your soil to plant these vegs? Potting mix?

mick123
22-07-2011, 05:08 PM
Wah L-OL, is that a garden or a farm you have there :D

lady-o-leisure
23-07-2011, 07:33 AM
Ok.. i decided to put a tape measure next to some of the veggies so u get an idea of their size, and will continue to take more pics later on to compare.

First the Heirloom Sweet Banana Peppers
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2409-10.jpg

Spaghetti squash
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2408-9.jpg

Strawberry
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2401-7.jpg

One of the hens.. (compared to the squash in the background)
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2397-6.jpg

Watermelon
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2395-4.jpg

Plant view of the watermelon
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2396-5.jpg

Okra/lady's fingers
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2393-3.jpg

Pear tomatoes
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2410-11.jpg

lady-o-leisure
23-07-2011, 07:38 AM
Cherry tomatoes
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2480.jpg

Oh.. i should take some more pics of the whole view so u can see how all those plants hv been cramped up into 3 veggie beds.
Mick, at the moment the yard is a mess. Still working on making a fishpond, so there is a big hole in there , and mounds of dirt at the side.

VP, my hubby filled up those raised beds with potting soil, and it is recommended to add some worm casings or whatever fertilizer to prepare the beds. The original soil is sooo hard in our yard so the raised beds are necessary. Besides, the doggie pee is so horrible that our grass dies in patches. siighhh..

lady-o-leisure
23-07-2011, 08:10 AM
Ok.. here are the 2 views of the veggie beds.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2483.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2482-1.jpg

The middle veggie bed has okra, eggplant, snow peas and bell peppers as well.

The left bed has black bell peppers, jalapenos and french beans but they are a bit crowded in there to see.

Naka
23-07-2011, 10:14 AM
Ok.. here are the 2 views of the veggie beds.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2483.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2482-1.jpg

The middle veggie bed has okra, eggplant, snow peas and bell peppers as well.

The left bed has black bell peppers, jalapenos and french beans but they are a bit crowded in there to see.


LOL, your hobby gardening is turning more and more serious.....pooi fook3.

Frankly, you are definitely hard working. :D

lady-o-leisure
23-07-2011, 11:06 AM
Thanks Naka.. but really though... it's hubby's hardwork.. i supervise only. hahahaha..

Naka
24-07-2011, 09:47 AM
Thanks Naka.. but really though... it's hubby's hardwork.. i supervise only. hahahaha..



hahahahaha, so you are the Mandor! :D

RolyPoly
24-07-2011, 11:28 AM
I love your garden, LoL!! It's so fun to have so much space and you are growing so many produces in it.

It's the first time I am seeing a baby watermelon plant. I thought watermelon creeps horizontally on the ground but yours was hanging on stakes, creeping vertically. I wonder how big a baby watermelon would grow. Pls share photo when you harvest it.

lady-o-leisure
24-07-2011, 05:15 PM
RP ... I too was wondering how come it can grow upwards but hubby kept placing the tendrils upwards and they continued to go that way. He says the SugarBaby melons wont get very big so they should be ok. Let's see how it goes. I didnt take pics of it today but it sure grows big so quickly Each day i look at it and there is a significant difference in size. Too bad i cant get it on time lapse. siighh.. That would be interesting.

Naka.... nooo laaaaa... hehehhehe :D I just dont hv green thumb, so best i keep my hands away. hahahha. Aiks!! just remembered that i hv to harvest the coriander seeds soon before they all fall to the ground and start growing like crazy.

lady-o-leisure
25-07-2011, 03:17 AM
Today's pic of the same watermelon

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2678.jpg

Dervish
25-07-2011, 11:02 AM
..... Aiks!! just remembered that i hv to harvest the coriander seeds soon before they all fall to the ground and start growing like crazy.
Coriander seeds? Please, please, photos LadyOL... :) I want to see what yours look like on the plant.

Dervish
25-07-2011, 11:10 AM
Truly inspiring LadyOL. You have garden produce, chickens and eggs. With that pool teeming with fishes coming up, you only need cows and pigs to be complete. So what if there's food shortages? You are safe. :D

I've often dreamed that if I'm rich enough, I'll get a large property with a brook cutting somewhere across it. Wouldn't hurt to have a lake teeming with fishes but I'm not picky. Then I'll have a farm at one corner for livestock. Not for commercial purposes, oh no, more for self sustenance. A garden patch for produce, some chickens and ducks, cows and goats, a turkey or two, some geese.

And then, I should be quite happy. :D

lady-o-leisure
25-07-2011, 03:00 PM
Actually VP.. now that you mentioned it, my sis has a friend who managed to lease some land in Janda Baik from some old guy, paid about rm1k per year lease, and has the lease for some many years. On that land, he built small house, a small pond and has chilies as his side income. It seems there is a demand for chilies and there are waiting buyers who go regularly to buy it all from him to be sold off in markets. He has some other veggies growing also but mostly chilies. Imagine.. just the chilies is enough for him to sit there and relax with his dogs everyday. There is a HUGE property next to his place which has been abandoned. It has a fantastic wood (very expensive imported hardwood) house on top of the little hill and a small 'river' passing thru. It was amazing some time ago but since it was left abandoned, it needs quite a lot of TLC to bring it back to its former glory. The wood is all in great condition , considering it has been abandoned. It has an 'outdoorsy' see-thru-roof bathroom with amazing fixtures, and a pool, plus staff quarters etc. It's really sad to see it being left as it is.
Asking price is waaaay more than rm1mil.

Now back to the pond, hubby was thinking about buy some live catfish from the asian supermarket and putting them into the pond. hehehe..
I will take pics of the dried up coriander in the morning. That's in the small part of the front yard next to the porch. I hv some rosemary, mint, basil and stevia growing there, but not so bountiful, maybe needs more fertilizer. My basil this year is looking quite pathetic compared to last year's. Unfortunately last year we had terrible frost twice, which killed it. Poor thing.

I am now waiting for the figs to ripen so that i can make more jam or maybe dry them. Last year i made lots of fig jam and still have a few more jars left. Need to decide what to do with them soonish.

Wish we could hv ducks or goats but it is not allowed here unless u hv an acre of land. siighh... My hubby's aunt has Fainting Goats which are sooo cute and funny. Each time you scare them, they 'freeze' and faint. after a little while, they get up like nothing happened. haahaha... She gets tourists visiting her animal farm sometimes.

P/S: there are turkeys at the abandoned property in Janda Baik. My sis's friend goes over to make sure they are fed every day. :)

Dervish
25-07-2011, 03:19 PM
RM1K annual lease isn't expensive, is it? BTW, how big is the property?

I don't know about you but I can't see myself giving up my creature comforts here to go live at a farm. My idea was that some other person does all the menial work while I relax in the cool garden sipping tea and reading, preferably with my dogs spread out around. :D See? I need to be very rich to do that. :p

Hey, catfish are edible too if it comes to that so that's a good plan. :p

I've planted rosemary, mint and basil before but can't seem to find any use for them. Finally, they shriveled up and died or maybe the snails got to them.

Oh, do post some pictures of those figs. I have never seen them hanging from a tree. I have a mulberry tree over here but they only bore fruits once in a blue moon. Very sweet but too few and they attract pests of all kinds. I've removed them anyway.

:D:D About those fainting goats, I read that that's what goats and lambs do when they panic. Apparently that's why a shepherd is so important. He goes to the stricken lamb and slowly massages them so they can finally get up and walk about. If I'm not mistaken, they die if left untended.

Please continue to inspire us with your garden pictures. :)

lady-o-leisure
26-07-2011, 12:57 AM
VP.. 1k for a year's lease is damn cheap ooooo... around that area, there are a lot of Indos who hv done the same thing and they are making lots of money from not-so-bright landowners who lease off the land so cheaply just coz they want to do anything about the land, then the Indos plant all kinds of veggies to be sold at the markets. I can't remember the size of the land at the moment but it is about an acre at least.

As for the catfish, yup, it is a very popular fish around here for the dinner table. hehe.. I just wonder if they will make the pond very dirt. We set up the UV filter pump which works great at the moment for the goldfish and loach, but wonder how well it works with catfish in there.

Basil is good for making pesto. That's what i did when i had loads of it. As for rosemary, it goes great with chicken and lamb. Plus the kind we have is rather bushy, so it looks nice as it is. u can trim the rosemary to shape it like a bush. It smells really good as potpourri too and recently on Dr Oz show, he says rosemary tea is good for getting rid of bloaty tummy. It can be drunk hot or cold and helps get rid of too much angin.

I had mulberry when i lived in Taiwan, it was super handy to have when my daughter needed mulberry leaves to feed her chan-bao-bao aka silk worms. yeuck! She could supply leaves to her friends too. The fruit was a fave with my chipmunks and hamsters. hehhehhee

I think at the moment we hv one of the ugliest backyards in the area but it sure has returns and who knows what will happen if CA gets a major quake. at least we will hv veggies & fruits to eat for a long time more. Our pomegranate doesn't look quite as big as i would like but there are a few at least for such a young tree. Dragonfruit (Naka's inspiration) is still too young at the moment, and the asian pears are taking forever to get big. No grapes this year.... not a single one. Sheesh!

Figs
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2682.jpg

Coriander seeds
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2684.jpg

Dervish
26-07-2011, 10:15 AM
I thought you meant that 1k is expensive because it certainly sounds cheap to me. Thanks for the pictures. What do you do with the coriander seeds?

Digressing ... It was just a book I read a long time ago. I don't even remember the name of the book or it's author. The story is about an old man who owns a farm in the country. This farm had been with their family for generations.

The old man's son is a successful corporate figure in the city. That means he doesn't have time for his father. The third character in the story is the old man's grandson, a college student, a dreamer.

As the story goes, the grandson started spending a lot of time with his grandfather. He ended up inheriting the farm, of course.

The part of the story which left an impact on me to this day, which is also the reason why I'm digressing and even sharing this story with you is this. The one important lesson that the old man left his grandson is that all planted crops should be alternated with legumes. Legumes return the nitrates back to the soil.

lady-o-leisure
26-07-2011, 11:41 AM
Hmm.. that is a very interesting piece of info you just provided. I had no idea about legumes being good for the soil. Tks!

I will pick and store the coriander seeds for my cooking. Sometimes i use them whole, sometimes i grind them. I also leave a few seeds in the ground to produce more plants again. That way i can make my guacamole dip with fresh coriander when i need. The smell from the last crop was sooo pungent, it was a bit overbearing.

I did the same thing with the winter crop of snow peas. I let a few pods get large and dry, then dropped the peas into the ground, so that is how we got one more plant this time without planting any fresh seedlings. All the old snow pea plants were pulled out in spring to make way for the summer veggies.

lady-o-leisure
28-07-2011, 03:28 PM
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2776.jpg

RolyPoly
28-07-2011, 10:38 PM
A 5-inch watermelon ~ isn't that cute!

RolyPoly
28-07-2011, 10:51 PM
A farm with a brook running through it....this reminds me of the River Cottage TV programme on Asian Food Channel. It features this English farmer/cook named Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, who stayed in a cottage, rear his own animals for eggs, milk, leather, meat (from chick, to pig and cow), fishing for fishes, even go to the sea to capture seafood or collect oysters, shellfishes ~ all about self-sustained living and he would cook using those produces.

He later moved to a bigger plot of land. An enterprising chap, he even started a restaurant, where fresh food are supplied from his farm! Amazing! Here's a link to River Cottage HQ (http://www.rivercottage.net/).

Or watch him on YouTube:
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RolyPoly
28-07-2011, 10:54 PM
Figs
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2682.jpg

Coriander seeds
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2684.jpg

Thanks for sharing these, LoL. It's the first time I see a fig tree.

The coriander seeds (biji ketumbar) are exactly like the one bought from the store. Interesting that you grow them in your garden and harvest them for your kitchen use. Cool la!

Glad we can discuss gardening here. Another forummer, Xinrong and I used to share that it would be lovely if we have a gardening section in this forum. Hope KW Chang sees this and give it some consideration.

lady-o-leisure
29-07-2011, 05:01 AM
RP.. that River cottage video is interesting. I used to cook beef shin in Taiwan quite a bit coz it was easy to find in all supermarkets and is cheap but soooooo tender when cooked at least 2 1/2 hours. It has barely any fat on it. I used to boil 2 of them in a pot with some Taiwanese beef noodle spice packets, 1 large onion and some soya sauce, pepper, ginger etc. After i take it out of the pot, let it cool, then slice it to put over the Beef Noodle soup. Sooo yummy. If i dont want to slice it up thinly, i cook it for 3 hours and make thick chunky cuts. Sometimes i cook a few at one go.. and i keep one chunk of it, sliced thinly for 'cold dish' another day, served with dipping sauce and finely julienne ginger.

Thanks for sharing the vid coz i am in a bit of a rut at the moment, not very inspired to cook but i hv to. This helps get the brain going again.

Dervish
29-07-2011, 01:00 PM
Glad we can discuss gardening here. Another forummer, Xinrong and I used to share that it would be lovely if we have a gardening section in this forum. Hope KW Chang sees this and give it some consideration.
I suggest you PM kwchang with this request.

There are several gardening threads spread out all over this forum in a haphazard manner. Two that I know of at Chatterbox started by Naka and me. Another one at the main forum about pests. I suspect there are a few more under the photography section. Very disorganized. :D

kwchang
29-07-2011, 02:54 PM
Sure can do. I will look into it maybe tonight. PM me if I forget :rolleyes: ;) :D

lady-o-leisure
30-07-2011, 11:14 AM
The okra is finally going to be ready for the wok.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2941.jpg

In the meantime.. there are other veggies in the yard to be cooked. There is a huge bag of cucumbers in the fridge. Need to give some away soon.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_2944.jpg
Black bell peppers, green bell peppers, Early Girl Tomatoes, french beans, snow peas & white and green cucumbers

Naka
30-07-2011, 11:57 AM
LOL, you beat me by a mile. You are really hard working.

RolyPoly
30-07-2011, 10:39 PM
Sure can do. I will look into it maybe tonight. PM me if I forget :rolleyes: ;) :D


Thanks, Chang! The gardening enthusiasts in our forum now has a place to hang out! :)

RolyPoly
30-07-2011, 10:42 PM
RP.. that River cottage video is interesting. I used to cook beef shin in Taiwan quite a bit coz it was easy to find in all supermarkets and is cheap but soooooo tender when cooked at least 2 1/2 hours. It has barely any fat on it. I used to boil 2 of them in a pot with some Taiwanese beef noodle spice packets, 1 large onion and some soya sauce, pepper, ginger etc. After i take it out of the pot, let it cool, then slice it to put over the Beef Noodle soup. Sooo yummy. If i dont want to slice it up thinly, i cook it for 3 hours and make thick chunky cuts. Sometimes i cook a few at one go.. and i keep one chunk of it, sliced thinly for 'cold dish' another day, served with dipping sauce and finely julienne ginger.

Thanks for sharing the vid coz i am in a bit of a rut at the moment, not very inspired to cook but i hv to. This helps get the brain going again.

Welcome, LoL!
Speak of beef shin, what would you call this part in Malay or Chinese language? I was trying to buy beef brisket yesterday but the seller doesn't understand the English term. I love brisket with radish stew. Haven't cook it before and wanted to try but alas, not able to buy it.

Hee..hee...now this thread becomes cooking discussion pulak!

RolyPoly
30-07-2011, 10:44 PM
LoL, looking at your harvest, I am inspired to grow more edibles in my backyard!

lady-o-leisure
31-07-2011, 12:27 AM
Rp... is it the Tripe? Or Ngau lam? Tripe is basically the stomach, the strange looking white one. Is that the one?

The Shin meat is also known as the Beef Heel muscle or tendon.

RolyPoly
01-08-2011, 06:37 PM
Rp... is it the Tripe? Or Ngau lam? Tripe is basically the stomach, the strange looking white one. Is that the one?

The Shin meat is also known as the Beef Heel muscle or tendon.

LoL, it's Ngau Lam that I want to cook. Together with Radish. That would produce Lo Pak Ngau Lam. Yummy! This is usually available as streetside food in Guangzhou. Wish we have that here then I can eat them any day! Slurp!

lady-o-leisure
14-08-2011, 05:35 AM
Figs are starting to ripen, finally.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_3578.jpg

CS Chua
18-08-2011, 01:49 PM
Figs are starting to ripen, finally.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_3578.jpg
Oh? I love figs. Wish we can grow it here. They are so darn expensive.

Dervish
29-08-2011, 12:28 PM
I wonder if the good Lady had walloped all those water melons without any of us being the wiser. :D

lady-o-leisure
01-09-2011, 03:25 PM
Hahha.. VP// we still hv the watermelons hanging on the vines at the moment. We did however, cut open one that was starting to show signs of sunburn in one small patch ( we had 38-40C temperatures last week). It took me a while to get used to seeing seed in watermelons again! :eek: hmm... yeah.. it has been a while since i last ate a seeded watermelon.. hahhahha..

It was ok.. a bit pucat in color but taste so so lah.. I think too much water for such a small melon, it sure was heavy. Need to cut down on the water for the rest of the melons. (oops.. hv to remind hubby about that)

The rest of the melons arent ready to be picked yet.

Aiya.. Chua, by the time u come here in winter, there wont be any figs at all coz the plant will be botak. When autumn hits.. the nice large leaves start falling.. then eventually go totally botak until spring.

In Taiwan, i had a miniature fig tree that grew in a pot coz i lived in a aprt. It was such a nice little plant and it bore fruit quite well. If i can find the photo of it somewhere in my boxes.. i will post it here. :)

Dervish
02-09-2011, 11:22 AM
Hahha.. VP// we still hv the watermelons hanging on the vines at the moment. We did however, cut open one that was starting to show signs of sunburn in one small patch ( we had 38-40C temperatures last week). It took me a while to get used to seeing seed in watermelons again! :eek: hmm... yeah.. it has been a while since i last ate a seeded watermelon.. hahhahha..

It was ok.. a bit pucat in color but taste so so lah.. I think too much water for such a small melon, it sure was heavy. Need to cut down on the water for the rest of the melons. (oops.. hv to remind hubby about that)

Ahh ... if you have read the Gardening thread, I shared some tips I received from an orchard/plantation owner. The tip applies to mangoes but I guess it applies to just about any fruit trees though really, I wouldn't know.

See ... the cardinal rule is that the first fruit from any tree must always be returned to nature.

If you do not understand this, please read the gardening thread. This rule explains why some fruits are sweet while others aren't.

I just realized that this IS the gardening thread! :D:D It should be somewhere in this thread then...

lady-o-leisure
04-09-2011, 01:52 AM
Hmm.. more rules to remember. heheheh.. Pay money to Neem plants.. 1st fruit goes back to the ground.. ooookkkk.... :D

kwchang
04-09-2011, 01:40 PM
Oh? I love figs. Wish we can grow it here. They are so darn expensive.
Eh? Don't figs grow here? Maybe a different variety ... but I can bring you to University Malaya where I remember a number of fig trees with huge fig leaves and round fig fruits. I have also seen fig trees at FRIM, Kepong.

CS Chua
04-09-2011, 06:09 PM
Eh? Don't figs grow here? Maybe a different variety ... but I can bring you to University Malaya where I remember a number of fig trees with huge fig leaves and round fig fruits. I have also seen fig trees at FRIM, Kepong.
Oh! I wish someone will do commercial farming for fig fruits. They are so sweet and tasty.

Dervish
14-09-2011, 07:07 PM
Hmm.. more rules to remember. heheheh.. Pay money to Neem plants.. 1st fruit goes back to the ground.. ooookkkk.... :D
Legumes! Legumes! Don't forget about the legumes!

And one more very important tip.

You must whisper sweet nothings to your plants every morning. :D:D *just kidding*

Naka
15-09-2011, 08:01 AM
I am not sure if I had posted this photo before. :confused:

Here is something from my garden. :D

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/IMG_2411-740gm-1.jpg

lady-o-leisure
15-09-2011, 10:55 AM
Legumes! Legumes! Don't forget about the legumes!

And one more very important tip.

You must whisper sweet nothings to your plants every morning. :D:D *just kidding*
haha.. bad enough i am talking to the chickens every morning, now i hv to talk to the plants too? The neighbors will say i am mad for sure. :eek: hahhaa Thos chooks are so spoiled. They insist on being let out every morning and evening. They get fresh figs to eat, and some of the fresh veggies that grow in the yard, and they also get a sand pile to play in.

Naka.. dont just post the pic of the guava.. give us a sample also. heheh. Oh.. some of the Taiwanese guava growers pour stale or unwanted milk at the plants for extra nutrition. Now it just remembered that. I watched it on tv when they showed it on the news there.

Naka
15-09-2011, 11:08 AM
Naka.. dont just post the pic of the guava.. give us a sample also. heheh. Oh.. some of the Taiwanese guava growers pour stale or unwanted milk at the plants for extra nutrition. Now it just remembered that. I watched it on tv when they showed it on the news there.

Stale milk? Ah I do have them every now & then....now I'll tell OH where they should go.....10Q. :D

CS Chua
03-11-2011, 02:14 PM
My first tiny weenie tomato. Hope for more to come and big and juicy too.

http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp99/majesticforest/04f42691.jpg

Dervish
03-11-2011, 04:43 PM
Inspiring shot. I have yet to start on my cucumbers.

lady-o-leisure
14-11-2011, 01:32 PM
Chua.. are tomato worms a common problem? I really hate those fat green things eating the leaves and pooping all over.

VP... which cucumbers are u planning to plant?

Dervish
14-11-2011, 04:21 PM
VP... which cucumbers are u planning to plant?
Which cucumber? :eek:

Gee ... I don't know. The one I see in the market?

Oh I geddit! No, it's not the Japanese cucumbers. :D

Dervish
14-11-2011, 04:23 PM
Lady, I remembered what you wrote about pouring soured milk into guavas. I usually throw mine away.

Yesterday, I drove up to Bidor to buy two guava plants.

lady-o-leisure
15-11-2011, 05:08 AM
VP... Don't forget to share-share your guavas with us when they start fruiting ok? hehehe.. The next time i go back to KL.. i wil try to bring some packets of seeds to share with anyone who is interested. (is it legal to import seeds?) I must ask Chang and see.. i sure as heck don't want to kena tahan at KLIA for bringing in stuff illegally. There are burpless cucumbers and white cucumbers here, as well as those for making dill pickles. Those are the ones we planted before and now i hv 7 jars of dill pickles waiting to be eaten. Not sure how they turned out yet coz it seems i hv to wait quite a few mths for them to pickle. Oh well..
There are also many varieties of tomatoes, some the size of your open palm. :eek: Roma tomatoes are good for drying. Sun-dried tomatoes are so expensive so i dried my own.

Naka
15-11-2011, 06:05 AM
Lady, I remembered what you wrote about pouring soured milk into guavas. I usually throw mine away.

Yesterday, I drove up to Bidor to buy two guava plants.

My guava has lots of flowers and some fruits are beginning to grow.

But the birds ( lots of them in my garden) noticed them & starting eating the young fruits. :eek: :eek: :eek: :mad: :mad:

What can you do to prevent this??

lady-o-leisure
15-11-2011, 08:55 AM
Naka.. so happens i read online today that it's best to wrap the guava with paperbags (like paper sandwich bags or fast food outlet bags or whatever paper u can get) to keep the pests off. Wrap them loosely.

Naka
15-11-2011, 08:57 AM
Naka.. so happens i read online today that it's best to wrap the guava with paperbags (like paper sandwich bags or fast food outlet bags or whatever paper u can get) to keep the pests off. Wrap them loosely.


LOL, thanks, I am going to use the mosquito nettings that I used for the mangos & see what happen. :D

Dervish
15-11-2011, 02:24 PM
VP... Don't forget to share-share your guavas with us when they start fruiting ok? hehehe..
Okay. For you only because you liked my new avatar. :p ~~~ *looked sternly at Naka*


The next time i go back to KL.. i wil try to bring some packets of seeds to share with anyone who is interested. (is it legal to import seeds?) I must ask Chang and see.. i sure as heck don't want to kena tahan at KLIA for bringing in stuff illegally.

A couple of years ago, I took a wild orchid back. Nobody stopped me. I just breezed past without any trouble. Unfortunately, my orchid died so I arranged for a friend to bring another orchid to me. He was stopped. The orchid was quarantined.


There are burpless cucumbers and white cucumbers here, as well as those for making dill pickles. Those are the ones we planted before and now i hv 7 jars of dill pickles waiting to be eaten. Not sure how they turned out yet coz it seems i hv to wait quite a few mths for them to pickle. Oh well..
There are also many varieties of tomatoes, some the size of your open palm. :eek: Roma tomatoes are good for drying. Sun-dried tomatoes are so expensive so i dried my own.
I only knew three types of cucumbers.
The big fat yellow one.
The green sandwich ones.
And the green slim Japanese ones.

I'll be experimenting with the big fat yellow one. :)

Dervish
15-11-2011, 02:26 PM
My guava has lots of flowers and some fruits are beginning to grow.

But the birds ( lots of them in my garden) noticed them & starting eating the young fruits. :eek: :eek: :eek: :mad: :mad:

What can you do to prevent this??
You should stare at the birds, put your hands on your hip and go "f@#$%!X&^*!!!"

Sometimes ... it works. ;)

Dervish
15-11-2011, 02:26 PM
LOL, thanks, I am going to use the mosquito nettings that I used for the mangos & see what happen. :D
The birds can see through the nettings, can't they? How about using old newspapers?

Naka
15-11-2011, 03:45 PM
You should stare at the birds, put your hands on your hip and go "f@#$%!X&^*!!!"

Sometimes ... it works. ;)

Like this, I'll buy firecrackers ;)

Naka
15-11-2011, 03:46 PM
The birds can see through the nettings, can't they? How about using old newspapers?


It's so windy here, newspapers may last only 2 hrs :eek:

Dervish
15-11-2011, 09:17 PM
Like this, I'll buy firecrackers ;)
Can you remember what scarecrows are for?

Naka
16-11-2011, 04:58 AM
Can you remember what scarecrows are for?

They cost a bomb :eek:

lady-o-leisure
16-11-2011, 09:54 AM
Naka... i just remembered one more way... it was from one of the free lectures on fruit tree care that i attended. Seems it is possible to use foil strips to keep the birds away. I hv seen them at plantations too.. I looked online for some more info for u..

click (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100327183653AAt6qyH)

Naka
16-11-2011, 10:06 AM
Naka... i just remembered one more way... it was from one of the free lectures on fruit tree care that i attended. Seems it is possible to use foil strips to keep the birds away. I hv seen them at plantations too.. I looked online for some more info for u..

click (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100327183653AAt6qyH)

Ah!! that's clever. TQ. :D

The trouble is my guava is next to the kanggaroo paws which attract lots of whitecheekhoneyeaters, pl see photo.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/IMG_3523-whitecheekedhoneyeater2.jpg

Hopefully the foil strips will not scare them away from the garden

lady-o-leisure
16-11-2011, 04:16 PM
Wow.. Naka.. that bird is soooo pretty and that kangaroo plant sure is huge!!! I tried planting that here but failed and i dont know why. siighhh... was really hoping it would survive.
Good luck with keeping the birds off your fruits.

Naka
16-11-2011, 04:31 PM
Wow.. Naka.. that bird is soooo pretty and that kangaroo plant sure is huge!!! I tried planting that here but failed and i dont know why. siighhh... was really hoping it would survive.
Good luck with keeping the birds off your fruits.

Thank you, wait till you see the rainbow lorikeets :D

jan tomaswaki
16-11-2011, 08:38 PM
Hey fellas,need your help .I have a shoplot and a concrete roof top.I just fence up the area (800sf) I just thought of planting vegetables like kacang botol,lady fingers etc that can crawl in the fence.Any advce??

RolyPoly
19-11-2011, 12:14 AM
Wow.. Naka.. that bird is soooo pretty and that kangaroo plant sure is huge!!! I tried planting that here but failed and i dont know why. siighhh... was really hoping it would survive.
Good luck with keeping the birds off your fruits.

Ha ha...LoL, the kangaroo plant needs kangaroos to be nearby in order to strive?? Try importing some from Naka-land to LoL-land. wink! wink!! :D

RolyPoly
19-11-2011, 12:18 AM
Okay. For you only because you liked my new avatar. :p ~~~ *looked sternly at Naka*

A couple of years ago, I took a wild orchid back. Nobody stopped me. I just breezed past without any trouble. Unfortunately, my orchid died so I arranged for a friend to bring another orchid to me. He was stopped. The orchid was quarantined.

I only knew three types of cucumbers.
The big fat yellow one.
The green sandwich ones.
And the green slim Japanese ones.

I'll be experimenting with the big fat yellow one. :)

Now there is a kind of small timun called timun susu. Abt 4 inches in length. Look like the smaller version of the sandwich type.

Fyi, I also sneaked in orchids when I visited the Phillipines and Thailand. Kept them in my backpack! Fortunately, they were not quarantined or confiscated.

RolyPoly
19-11-2011, 12:21 AM
Naka.. so happens i read online today that it's best to wrap the guava with paperbags (like paper sandwich bags or fast food outlet bags or whatever paper u can get) to keep the pests off. Wrap them loosely.

Your suggestion is very true. The Uncle who collects our old newspaper supply a lorry of old newspaper daily to his brother who runs a guava orchard in Bidor. The newspaper are all used for wrapping guava to keep them away from pest/birds.

Naka
19-11-2011, 05:53 AM
Wow.. Naka.. that bird is soooo pretty and that kangaroo plant sure is huge!!! I tried planting that here but failed and i dont know why. siighhh... was really hoping it would survive.
Good luck with keeping the birds off your fruits.


LOL, RP, this kangaroo paws is 7 ft to 8 ft high.

Dervish
19-11-2011, 10:56 AM
Now there is a kind of small timun called timun susu. Abt 4 inches in length. Look like the smaller version of the sandwich type.

Now, I have a cucumber question.

The cucumber we used in our sandwiches? If left to grow old on the plant, does it become the fat yellow ones used in soup?

I mean, they looked the same.

RolyPoly
25-11-2011, 01:38 PM
LOL, RP, this kangaroo paws is 7 ft to 8 ft high.

That's enlightening. From the pix, they look like shrubs. Didn't expect them to be so tall. Being tall and have so many bright blooms, what an attraction to have them in the garden. This reminds me of tall models with nice features!

lady-o-leisure
17-07-2012, 05:04 AM
Been a long time since there has been any postings in this thread.
Hubby planted Cayenne peppers this season, and the flowers are surprisingly cute. The chili peppers itself are almost 6" long but very skinny. Still green at the moment. No pics of the peppers yet.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/flowers/20120713-_MG_8952.jpg

lady-o-leisure
18-07-2012, 03:17 AM
To eat or not to eat...

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/_MG_9071.jpg

Naka
18-07-2012, 06:50 AM
[QUOTE=lady-o-leisure;544729]To eat or not to eat...

Yes, very difficult decision. Too much fertilizer/hormone?:confused:

lady-o-leisure
14-09-2012, 11:03 AM
Some time back, we planted a Strawberry guava plant and also a Pineapple guava, but so far only the strawberry guava has fruited this season.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/20120912-_MG_9682.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/20120912-_MG_9691.jpg

It really does taste exactly like a ripe guava but softer inside and also the seeds are just like a normal guava. Very small though, between the size of a 10sen and 20sen coin.

kwchang
14-09-2012, 12:08 PM
..the seeds are just like a normal guava. Very small though, between the size of a 10sen and 20sen coin. I thought our guavas here have tiny seeds which are really hard, more like tiny pebbles clumped together in the placenta area... i usually have to scoop out the core to remove all the inedible seeds. The seeds in your variety are huge by comparison and probably easy to be spit out once the flesh is teased apart (or is it an optical illusion of size ... when compared to the leaves, the fruits are actually quite small ... not the size of our coins)

Naka
14-09-2012, 12:10 PM
Hahahaha, I am back on line.

Thanks to CM & Admin.

lady-o-leisure
15-09-2012, 07:37 AM
I thought our guavas here have tiny seeds which are really hard, more like tiny pebbles clumped together in the placenta area... i usually have to scoop out the core to remove all the inedible seeds. The seeds in your variety are huge by comparison and probably easy to be spit out once the flesh is teased apart (or is it an optical illusion of size ... when compared to the leaves, the fruits are actually quite small ... not the size of our coins)
Adoi! I should hv worded myself better... i meant to say that the little strawberry guava is small ... just between the size of a 10sen and 20sen coin. the seeds are the same size like a regular guava but there are about 3 or 4 seeds only.

Naka
10-11-2012, 04:17 PM
From my backyard.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/IMG_0105x.jpg

RolyPoly
07-12-2012, 10:34 PM
L0L, strawberry guava ~ how enlightening to see them here. How I wish I can taste them here too! Hee...hee....

RolyPoly
07-12-2012, 10:34 PM
Naka, those blooms are so gorgeous!! They must have made you proud!

Charbroiled
13-01-2013, 11:42 PM
Naka, those blooms are so gorgeous!! They must have made you proud!If only we had the tag function (as found in Facebook), Naka would have been notified of Rolypoly's post and responded the next time he logged in. :D I know it works differently as this is a forum and FB is FB but you can't stop a person from hoping! :p

Very nice pictures in here. :)

lady-o-leisure
16-08-2013, 03:09 AM
Been a long time since anyone has shared pics of their garden's bounty...
Back to being summer again, the tomatoes are taking over my kitchen. Made so many batches of tomato chutney and marinara already and ready to quit. Given away soooo much tomatoes and still hv more to spare.

The largest tomato weighed more than 680gms
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/20130725-1S4A0948_zps927614b6.jpg

There are a few varieties of tomatoes this year.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/20130725-1S4A0951_zpscd9b091b.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/afe497c0-a5c8-479a-afcd-a00bb01a0c1d_zpscb056f2e.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/ca0cb64d-7dfc-4eb3-9968-5391dd262515_zpsf46fcca5.jpg

Naka
16-08-2013, 07:20 AM
Naka, those blooms are so gorgeous!! They must have made you proud!

Sorry, just saw this. Yes, I am happy, thanks.

Naka
16-08-2013, 07:20 AM
If only we had the tag function (as found in Facebook), Naka would have been notified of Rolypoly's post and responded the next time he logged in. :D I know it works differently as this is a forum and FB is FB but you can't stop a person from hoping! :p

Very nice pictures in here. :)

Yes, a Tag would be useful:cool:

Naka
16-08-2013, 07:21 AM
Been a long time since anyone has shared pics of their garden's bounty...
Back to being summer again, the tomatoes are taking over my kitchen. Made so many batches of tomato chutney and marinara already and ready to quit. Given away soooo much tomatoes and still hv more to spare.

The largest tomato weighed more than 680gms
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/20130725-1S4A0948_zps927614b6.jpg

There are a few varieties of tomatoes this year.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/20130725-1S4A0951_zpscd9b091b.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/afe497c0-a5c8-479a-afcd-a00bb01a0c1d_zpscb056f2e.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/ca0cb64d-7dfc-4eb3-9968-5391dd262515_zpsf46fcca5.jpg

Wow!! what fertilizers do you used?

QuietStorm
16-08-2013, 09:29 AM
Yes, a Tag would be useful:cool:You don't say! :D

I wonder where VenusPop is. He has a green thumb, hasn't he? Our friend has not appeared in what, years! Or at least it seems that way. :( . Come on back in here, you Venus Poppy you! :heheheh:

Naka
16-08-2013, 09:52 AM
You don't say! :D

I wonder where VenusPop is. He has a green thumb, hasn't he? Our friend has not appeared in what, years! Or at least it seems that way. :( . Come on back in here, you Venus Poppy you! :heheheh:

I think he has gone to the long houses

lady-o-leisure
16-08-2013, 11:03 AM
Hi Naka.. Hubby uses a bit of Gro-power http://www.gropower.com/home_garden/consumer_products.htm
But there are a few varieties of tomatoes in that batch.. The big ones i think are called BeefSteak and there is also the Big Boy, plus Roma, Cherry tomatoes (they grew on their own from last year's seeds that were spread about by the chickens. ahhaha) and i cant remember what other tomatoes are there. Some more plenty of chilis this time.. a few types also. The cucumbers hv stopped growing. Got fedup of cuucmbers also a few types.

Oh.. there is one cucumber that grew kinda weird..
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/f64bddf9-3f11-418d-872a-5f780fbd96c5_zps36cbdf98.jpg

Chia Hak Soon
22-08-2013, 01:43 PM
RolyPoly, I am a avid gardener and I have problems buying seeds for vegetable. The last time I used to buy it from the chinese shop at Foch avenue. Now it is gone and my visit to the neighbouring shops confirmed my fear. They have sold the shop. Can anyone help to let me know of the location to buy seeds. I have tried some from China but it is of no use. Thanks

Naka
22-08-2013, 03:27 PM
Hi Naka.. Hubby uses a bit of Gro-power http://www.gropower.com/home_garden/consumer_products.htm
But there are a few varieties of tomatoes in that batch.. The big ones i think are called BeefSteak and there is also the Big Boy, plus Roma, Cherry tomatoes (they grew on their own from last year's seeds that were spread about by the chickens. ahhaha) and i cant remember what other tomatoes are there. Some more plenty of chilis this time.. a few types also. The cucumbers hv stopped growing. Got fedup of cuucmbers also a few types.



Oh.. there is one cucumber that grew kinda weird..
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg226/maximumbabe/veggies/f64bddf9-3f11-418d-872a-5f780fbd96c5_zps36cbdf98.jpg

Is this a cobra cucumber?:eek:.......................

lbn
26-09-2013, 05:57 AM
I want to make compost from my kitchen waste. Need help to make a compost bin from a 12 gallon bin with a cover. Appreciate your kind input. Thank you.:)

Naka
26-09-2013, 07:17 AM
I want to make compost from my kitchen waste. Need help to make a compost bin from a 12 gallon bin with a cover. Appreciate your kind input. Thank you.:)

I would just dig a hole and bury the kitchen waste.....the earth worms would love you dearly:D

lbn
26-09-2013, 09:36 AM
I would just dig a hole and bury the kitchen waste.....the earth worms would love you dearly:D
I don't have a big garden to dig holes. Compost bin is practical in my case. Thanks!

lady-o-leisure
26-09-2013, 10:42 AM
Hie.. hv u considered composting with worms? Those worm castings are really popular and people pay big bucks for their veggie gardens. Seems you dont need a big place for it. I saw a show on how they even hv a small box of it in the kitchen of a tiny cramped up apartment. They say it doesnt smell but then again that might hv been in a drier climate. Dunno if it smells in humidity.
U can hv a look at this site and see what you think, http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Worm-Compost-System

lbn
27-09-2013, 05:41 AM
Hie.. hv u considered composting with worms? Those worm castings are really popular and people pay big bucks for their veggie gardens. Seems you dont need a big place for it. I saw a show on how they even hv a small box of it in the kitchen of a tiny cramped up apartment. They say it doesnt smell but then again that might hv been in a drier climate. Dunno if it smells in humidity.
U can hv a look at this site and see what you think, http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Worm-Compost-System

Thank you. Where do I get the worms around Subang Jaya?