Indoor Herb Garden

I’ve always wanted to have an indoor herb garden. I also mentioned it in my last post. I had bought seeds for coriander, dill and spearmint. I bought these colorful planters from the dollar shop and planted it around early March.

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Coriander, Spearmint & Dill – March, 2017

I’ve got spearmint plants growing outside but just wanted to try growing them from seeds. It’s taking a lot of time to grow. The coriander and dill plants grew faster.

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Spearmint growing from seeds

 

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Dill, Spearmint & Coriander – April 20, 2017

Although it’s not sufficient for Indian cooking, I’m happy that I’ll always have some in my garden! 😀

Growing Bitter gourd – Unexpected Success!

It was my husband’s idea to grow Bitter gourd this year. I thought our balcony might not be the right place for the plant. I wasn’t confident and left it to him. But it turned out to be a great success. We harvested 3 bitter gourds in the first round. Expecting 5 more in the second. 😀

 

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First round of harvest

 

Succulents – My new found love!

Recently, I’m more interested in growing succulents in our garden. They are very easy to grow and maintain. I’ve had no problems till now.

This post is about the cacti we grow at home. (Almost all cacti are succulents)

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The three cacti in white containers are from IKEA. We bought it last summer. It grew well until winter. I hope it will start growing again now that its spring.

The other cactus is called a moon cactus. It’s a grafted cactus. The upper cactus lacks chlorophyll and thus red in color. As it cannot survive on it’s own, its grafted on a green cactus. We bought it at a local garden center.

And that’s a pair of Shisa from Okinawa :). Shisa are cross between a lion and a dog from Okinawan Mythology. The left Shisa has it’s mouth closed and the right has it’s mouth open.

My Little Balcony Garden (2012)-2

Posting some more photos of my garden 🙂

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Fenugreek (Methi) Seedlings

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Tomato flowers

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Little Tomato

I grow Fenugreek and Coriander plants in these big rectangular pots. I planted both at the same time but Coriander seeds take a very long time to germinate.

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Fenugreek & Coriander

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Crossandra

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Crossandra Flowers & Fenugreek harvest

Moth drinking nectar

This is a video of a moth drinking nectar from the flowers in our garden.The plant is Jasminum polyanthum (Pink Jasmine). We shot this video last spring. Gk spotted the moth and we recorded it immediately with the iPhone 5s we had at that instant. This is something I can’t forget because it was a day before we moved to Tokyo. Now waiting for this year’s bloom. I am seeing some pink buds already 🙂

Place: Nagoya, Japan
Date: April 30, 2015