8.5.08

Ur Resident Chef's Gardening Time


I cheated.. got the basil in a pot!

Hello everyone! Guess it's almost every chef's dream to have their own little herb garden. Of course I'm just a little closer to making it come true.

I've managed to get my Coriander, Chilli and Calamansi (SE Asia Limes) to germinate. This is my first attempt at growing my own little garden. And most of the seeds that I brought from Singapore are not really suited to the temperatures here. So it was pretty much trial and error. But I'm excited even if it's just one Calamansi growing!

Some tips that I've learnt:

  • Germinate seeds indoors.
  • Keep the soil wet at all times.
  • Dried seeds germinate slower.
  • Follow instructions on pack if you purchase seeds in packs.
  • Do not cover coriander seeds with soil.

Growth report:
Coriander are the first to germinate. As indicated on the pack, 7 to 14 days. Mine took a few days more. Probably due to bad weather.

Only managed to get one Calamansi seed to germinate. The plant is different from that of Coriander. And it has only one lone leaf. It will grow into a bush. Hope it grows up fine.

Chilli seeds took forever. And the last to show any signs of germination. The thick white roots are finally appearing from the seeds. Chillies are the easiest to grow in Singapore's hot and humid weather. The coming hot summer will be best for these little plants!

Here are their pictures! Will post more soon.





Do let me know if you have some gardening tips for my little gorgeous plants! Thanks!!!

9 comments:

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Sher,

Calamansi grows to be a bush right? It would be nice if you can grow that plant, along with other Asian vegetables. It will remind you of home!

However, the weather might just kill all of them. perhaps you should watch these closely to see what changes the weather could impact on them, and perhaps these could mutate to something more adaptable for European climate.

Good Luck! :-) --Durano, done!

SheR. said...

Yes! I can't wait! No other limes can compare to the nice tarty tang of the calamansi. Hope my precious plant survives the Croatian summer!!1
:) Will keep you posted!

C K said...

Having your own herbs garden sounds real cool.

"Hey, I need some chilli, can you get it from the garden please?". I always wanted to say that...

Tried my hands at aloe vera and bean sprouts once. The latter taste horrible. lol

Good luck to your crop!

SheR. said...

Thanks CK!!! I'm taking good care of them.. like my babies! :D

Jasmine Shanea said...

You are so gifted girl! You can cook and you have such green fingers. Sigh. I'm clumsy at both and things just die in my hands. Haha... I guess I'll stick to eating out and buying produce from the supermarkets.

But one day, you'd have to teach me how to bake right. I'm a bit disheartened that my cakes are too mushy inside and burnt outside. :(

Take care babe!

Sharon said...

I hope your sprouts are doing well. If they are still inside make sure they get some constant air flow so that fungus doesn't set in and the stalks get sturdy (harden-off). Have fun with your garden.

SheR. said...

>>Jasmine.. everything I do, I do it with lots of love. It works. I love my plants so much and I hope they'll grow nice and healthy.

No problem about the baking. Let me know when you are ready to learn!

>>Sharon. Thanks for popping by and giving me some lovely advice. I do put my plants outside when there is ample sunshine and bring them in when it starts to get cold and windy. Hope they will be fine today.. Missed them already!

BK said...

Your post reminds me of a story about the law of seed. Good luck to your garden. Hope all go well.

SheR. said...

Thanks BK. They are lovely and fine!
Need lots of sunshine!