Tamarind Surprise

I usually get Tamarind blocks (used in Indian cooking) from my grandma in India. She has few tamarind trees from which we get enough tamarind for the extended family for one whole year.

Sometimes I find seeds in the tamarind block which have escaped deseeding. Recently I started planting them in the pot where I grow veggies. The first seed I planted was in Autumn last year.

One fine morning last week, there was this surprise! There were two tamarind plants! ūüôā After browsing for a while, I learnt they can thrive indoors in high light conditions during winter. That’s great news to me.

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I’m planning to transfer them to separate pots. I hope they survive this winter!

 

 

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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! ūüėÄ

Growing Garlic & Dill

Another ~40 days for the Sakura (cherry) to bloom and we are really anxious to see some fresh green colour in the garden. Last spring we were too busy with cousins visiting us and then a month’s trip to India. This year we are all set¬†for our early spring vegetable gardening!

Bitter gourd was the only success last year. We lost many other plants to pests. The spearmint plants just dried up. I hope it does not repeat this year.

For growing coriander I had used the Dhaniya seeds used for cooking. But they didn’t grow into healthy plants. And Dill, I’ve always wanted to grow them but didn’t know how. I recently knew they sell seeds and I started to plan for the indoor herb garden.

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Coriander plants – Fall of 2015

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Spearmint harvest – 2014

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Spearmint harvest – 2015

We went to the Home depot to look for¬†a good stand for the herb planters. We didn’t find a right one ūüė¶ We just bought¬†some Coriander, Dill and Spearmint seeds.¬†We also bought a rose plant.

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Coriander, Dill and Spearmint Seeds

This morning, Ganesh was repotting the new rose plant. Just then the idea of planting garlic struck me. Few garlic bulbs in the kitchen were already sprouting.  I checked some gardening websites and decided to plant them. I also found that Dill was a good companion plant to grow with garlic. We planted both garlic and Dill. It was a nice start to the day!!

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Garlic & Dill  Р11 Feb 2017

I will update this post with the pictures when it starts growing ūüôā

Thanks for reading! Have a nice day!

Update:

April 20

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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.