Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kai Lan

I sowed some Kai Lan seeds a few weeks ago, and tiny seedlings began to appear on the third day. I guess I sowed too many seeds, and got to thin out the seedlings as they are very close together. The packet says it is the Hong Kong Kai Lan variety.

at 21 days
I transferred some of the seedlings to this container.

 32 days
This is the container which I sowed the seeds in. After I thin out  and transferred most of the seedlings, there are 8 left in their original place. One later wilted.

38 days
They were growing rather slow at first..

 45 days - harvest day! 
in just a space of one week later, they really grew!
The leaves are huge, but I can tell by touching the leaves and the stems, they are young and firm, just right for picking! I could leave them a little longer and let them grew a little more, but I was really impatient to taste my kailan! :)

My kailan harvest. 

I harvested them this evening and these are stir-fried with lots of garlic, so good! Very tasty. I can taste the difference from the ones bought from the market, homegrown is so much yummier. The leaves and stems are young and tender. I should grow more of these! 

The rest of the kailan are rather slow in growing, and they are from the same batch of seeds that I sowed 45 days ago! I guess that this container did not get the morning sun, as the other container did. I placed them in different areas at my front porch, due to space limitation. This container only gets the mid-morning to late afternoon sun. I need to reorganize the positions of my vegetable containers, but it is a headache with so limited space.

I cut the stems a few inches from the base. The purplish part close to the soil, is the hard and woody stem, the green part above it, the young and tender stem. Hopefully there will be new side shoots soon. Keeping my fingers crossed.

My spring onions, which I have fully harvested last week. Photo was taken weeks earlier. Cannot get enough of these, I love spring onions! Of course, there's another new batch growing! :)

Happy Gardening !

I'm sharing this post with Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Water Jasmine Bonsai

This plant "belongs" to my hubby. I help to water it though! haha! It is flowering right now, with pretty dainty white flowers all over, such a pretty plant to look at. 

 The flowers have a lovely fragrance. I could smell it whenever I pass by, really nice.

It is attracting lots of bees, spotted about a dozen bees busy circling round the plant, stopping at the flowers, going to the next when they had their fill!

I'm sharing this post with Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes

Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Daikon is one of my favourite root veggie. I love it any way it is cooked. And absolutely delicious when pickled! I sowed six daikon seeds a few months ago, and I'm left with four, two plants were mysteriously snapped off at the stems (looks like it happens pretty often in my potted garden! remember my chilli plants?). That's not all, last week I transferred one cucumber seedling to a bigger pot which I placed at my backyard, the very next day, that plant was snapped off too, leaving only the stem! Any idea why? Could it be the birds, it could not be the cat! Or maybe garden snails? I don't know!

 Four daikon plants sharing a container.

Makes me smile whenever I see this at my mini front garden, counting the days to harvest, and I finally did!

Admiring it before harvesting! haha!

There, my small harvest! So happy! Into my cooking pot, as Daikon Soup, including the leaves and stems. So yummy! Did you know that the leaves are very nutritious. Usually when I buy daikons from the market, I would discard the leaves, as they are usually already wilted and not fresh-looking. But with homegrown daikons, you can cook both the greens and the root. Pesticide-free! 

Right now, I have a few daikon seedlings growing, looking forward to my next harvest in a few months time.

Happy Gardening!