Patio Garden Update: Slow & Steady

I have had some success, but mostly failure, with planting from seeds this year.

Over the last year I have collected several varieties of Organic seeds. I planted 12-15 different varieties, but only a handful succeeded: Spinach, Mustard Greens, Red Sorrel Leaves, Indian Broad Bean (Chikudukaya), Tomato, Brussels Sprouts and Indian beans. Several of them that sprouted, but didn’t thrive much, once I transplanted 😦

The most interesting part was ordering seeds some Indian vegetables such as: Amaranth Leaves(Thotakura), Red Sorrel Leaves(Gongura), Mustard Greens, Baby Eggplant, Indian beans (Goru Chickudikaya), Indian Broad Bean(Chickudi Kaya), and Jujube (Raigi Pandu). Most of these were a big FAIL!

The ones that survived include: Spinach, Mustard Greens, Red Sorrel Leaves, Indian Broad Bean (Chikudukaya), Tomato, Brussels Sprouts. I’ve had the curry leaf plant for a year, and it is still miniscule. But, it lives 🙂

Some have thrived better than others, such as Red Sorrel Leaves and Indian Broad Bean. Others struggle to grow. I’ve already picked some Jalapeno peppers and Spinach. I count at least 6 tomatoes and several peppers.

In the meantime, I relented and picked up saplings for the plants I usually grow: Basil, Parsley, Zucchini, Peppers and Tomato. My blueberry plant from last year while green, promises no fruit. The recent excess rains killed my strawberry plant from last year.

Birds continue to eat my flowers. And maybe my tomato plant. Really?

I’ve been plagued with cats, squirrels and birds. Progress is slow, but still looks promising! I am not ready to give up gardening 🙂

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Patio Garden 2014


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