Following the cool ‘flag’ or ‘signal’ leaf that emerged from my Banana plant a week and a bit ago, as predicted, the inflorescence emerged soon after. This flower measures about 50 centimeters long. The sheer size of the flower, to me, makes it so majestic. It’s a shame that due to the weather patterns in Melbourne (sunny one […]Read more "Banana Diaries – Entry 2"
I haven’t posted anything in months and I recently realised why. I simply hadn’t been in the mood. I was very unhappy at my previous job because of my ‘manager’ and for months this unhappiness plagued my mind – not just at work – but in my private life too. I am happy to report that […]Read more "Banana Diaries – Entry 1"
It’s always rewarding when you get to harvest something you have grown and prepare it immediately for eating. It’s literally from garden to table (or mouth) in less than an hour in most cases. That – apart from the aesthetic of overflowing, luscious, green foliage, is the most rewarding part about ‘growing your own’. […]Read more "Veggie Patch Canopy – Stage 1"
This is the first harvest of kale from our garden this year. To the left is a variety called ‘Drawf Blue’ and to the right is ‘Black Toscana’. I didn’t take many leaves off the parent plants because I want them to keep growing strong – and Spring has only really just begun. This lot however is just […]Read more "First Spring Kale Harvest"
Firstly, Merry Christmas!!!! If you’re reading this, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day. ~ A few months ago I wrote a post about picking up an old rattan washing basket that a neighbor left out for the hard rubbish collection. It was still in perfect condition – I think it was thrown out […]Read more "A wash(ing basket) with colour"
Look at this section of my friend’s dad’s amazing front garden. It’s so resplendent – full of colour & texture. What I love most about it is the fact that it looks so organic – as if it grew like that without any human intervention. Little things like the use of ground cover plants to soften […]Read more "Amazing Front Garden"
Spring is a time of great renewal in the garden. It is a time when dormant plants start to burst into life – growing rapidly as they seek energy from the warm rays of the sun. Dormant buds explode (not literally) with new leaves and flowers when the threat of overnight frost has long passed. This particular […]Read more "Spring in the Garden"
I love being able to go to the backyard and harvest something I can use in the kitchen. Take these spinach leaves for example. We only have 10 spinach plants but they have given us a good 5 harvests of this size so far – and from the way they have grown since then, there […]Read more "Home grown spinach"
This haphazardly looking bamboo arrangement is in fact a climbing trellis for our snow peas. I saw something like this in a friend’s garden and had to give it a try – especially since there was no skill involved in making it. The idea is that you arrange all your spare bamboo stakes in a […]Read more "Method to the bamboo madness"
These are the Napa Cabbages (or Won Bok) we planted in May which I showed in my Hardware Hack post (https://itssokhay.com/2013/05/16/hardware-hack/). They have grown quite a lot considering the lack of good sunshine we have been having lately. Come late Winter / Spring, they should start to develop their very recognisable heads and be ready […]Read more "Napa Cabbage"