I bought these tulip bulbs from my local nursery back in April. I had never grown tulips before so I thought I would give them a try. As I mentioned in a previous post, I made a random soil mix with lots of compost and sand for drainage. Now, after months of anticipation with the bulbs […]Read more "Spring Tulips"
It’s that time of the year again – the days are becoming longer and plants are starting to emerge from their winter long dormancy. One plant that I have never tried to grow are tulips – not for any reason other than that they never really were on my top list of things to grow. I […]Read more "The start of something wonderful"
Dhal Curry This recipe came about a few years ago when I was looking for a quick and easy Dhal Curry to make over a long weekend. It’s a synthesis of a few other recipes I had on hand at the time and in my opinion, has the best of each. I do recommend you […]Read more "Dhal Curry"
It has been a while since I last posted – my computer has been away getting repaired. Thankfully the issue was with the power box and not my hard drive. And although I waited 2 whole weeks for my computer to be fixed, it is nothing compared to the year long wait for my leaf mould […]Read more "Leaf Mould – 1 year on"
Tea in general has been a huge interest of mine ever since I can remember. I especially have a fairly decent collection of Chinese Tea – ranging from Pu’er tea cakes through to high mountain greens. It still amazes me how all teas types generally come from the same plant (camellia sinensis), but due to […]Read more "Cold Brewed Tea"
This growing season I decided to plant Strawberry Popcorn. And no, the corn isn’t strawberry flavoured. There is actually a plant that is called Strawberry Popcorn. It’s an heirloom variety, producing rather small ears (3-5 inches) of corn, encrusted with these tiny ruby like kernels. I placed a whole ear of corn in the microwave […]Read more "Strawberry Popcorn"
… is a lesson earned. An older post of mine showed two newly made raised garden beds that I hurriedly assembled and filled in time for spring planting. During spring, everything we planted in them seemed to grow exceptionally well. We made many spinach harvests and our garlic fattened up as well. This spot is ideal, […]Read more "A lesson learned…"
Since I came back from my overseas trip, a lot of things have changed in the garden. The blistering 40 degree weather had killed a few young plants I planted. It also burned a lot of leaves, and my zucchini plant has stopped producing fruit with the onset of the cooler weather. Therefore, I was […]Read more "Basil & Cashew Dip"
The past few weeks have been blazing hot – think mid 30’s to mid 40’s – many days in a row. The sun has burned a lot of plants in the garden and some have even died. I’ve accepted the fact that these things do happen. But from the disappointment does come triumph; and in […]Read more "Zucchini"
From the initial 4 banana shallots I planted in the ground this season, we have harvested in total, 4. Pitiful, right? Well, I guess it’s not that bad when I think about it – there are still 2 in the ground that have gone to flower so I can get the seeds for next year. […]Read more "Giant Banana Shallots"