October 19, 2008

Update on My Garden

Only recently, hubby became a little more enthusiastic about our little garden in our backyard. Being a city girl all my life, I pretty much grew up only seeing plants in the botanical garden. Even though my in-laws are the professional "Adam and Eve", hubby hasn't really quite has any green fingers.

2 weeks ago, hubby decided to try a new dish and it required dill. We ended up buying dill from the supermarket but it has inspired hubby that we should grow some herbs that we will use in our cooking so that we don't need to spend $2 buying a bunch of herbs which usually has more than we need for our cooking. By now, we already have curly parsley and flat-leaved parsley, chives and spring onions in our garden. Last weekend, we bought some more herbs and set up 2 'pots' of herbs in styrofoam boxes.

Hubby weeding the lawn

I am glad that hubby has generally been more keen in the affairs of our backyard. At least we are both involved in a common project. We are both rather practical, except that I am also concerned with beautifying the place with flowers and yet also making it useful for us. We have been watching Better Homes and Gardens to gather ideas, yet we don't want to spend too much money on our backyard. So long as it serves its main purpose to give us harvest, we are more than happy.

Top: Tomatoes and its flowers.
Bottom: Flowers of rocket leaves plant and strawberries


3 basil seedlings, rosemary , coriander and thyme in 2 separate styrofoam boxes

Watercress and flat-leaved parsley

MIL gave me some flower seedlings to grow, pertunas and the other of which I don't know the name of... I've also just bought a pack of 6 Salvia seedlings and planted them in the ground. They are supposed to bear purple flowers and hopefully I will see them in a few weeks' time...

Lavender. For some reason, gravity is very strong in that spot where the plant is :p

Various flower seedlings given by my MIL (except for the little orchids on bottom right) and now have flowered


A part of me is really excited to the potential harvest, although each time I step out to the backyard, I am very wary and on the lookout for garden geckos, spiders and snakes... any other creepy crawlies. I will detest them and be scared of them for a long long time...

4 other thoughts:

The Shtes! said...

Looking good :) Our garden is struggling this time around - partly because of winter, partly because of lack of rain and partly because our soil isn't very good (we need to do an overhaul I think)...

island said...

lack of rain? you guys water rite? hmm... don't you use compost to enrich the soil? hee... i don't know much. i'm sure your folks will know.

thanks for the coriander. they're growing pretty well on the ground! :)

The Shtes! said...

Yeah, we have been watering during our 'drought' - but Steph now thinks that it's maybe more to do with dodgy home-made compost... we'll see...

island said...

my MIL said that you need to also add fertiliser to the plants... we add chicken poo pellets, which is pretty organic and not that smelly. actually she's the one who adds it to her veggies and plants. i always forget to add them... ;p

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