Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Okra (Ladies Fingers) & Belimbing : From garden to table

Okra plant is very easy to grow. I have grown them a number of times before. The okra can be harvested in less than 3 months from date of sowing. I sowed six okra seeds on 13th March, and now I have six plants growing in my potted garden, all the seeds germinated and now are producing okras daily. I harvested the first okra about a week ago, and have been harvesting about 2 okra everyday. 

The flower is really lovely, hard to imagine that okras are from these flowers! 

 The growing okra, see the drying petal of the flower still on the tip.

Lovely healthy okra, homegrown with no pesticide whatsoever. The plants are really hardy and so far I have no problem of any bugs or plant pests.

Harvested 5 okras from this plant alone! Note : Okras are best harvested at 3-4 days. Yup, 3-4 days old. Once the flowers start to produce the okra, they grow really quick, in a matter of a few days! So it is advisable to harvest them when they are 3 to 4 days old. This is the time when they are at their best, tender and delicious. They turned hard and old really quickly, and this could happen overnight!

 More okras, this will be perfect to be harvested in two days time.

 My okra harvest.

I have been harvesting about 2 okras daily and I kept them in a zip lock bag, store them in the fridge for about a week, until I have enough to make a dish.

 Harvested some belimbings too! 

What's for dinner tonight?

Sambal Belimbing Chicken and Stir-Fry Okra with Dried Prawns. 

The okras are young and tender, and tasted delicious!

Happy Gardening !

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nai Pak Choy harvest

I sowed some nai pak choy seeds and the veggies was harvested about 65-70 days later.

A basketful of Nai Pak.

The seedlings.

Harvesting day!

Some close-up shots before I pulled them out!

I stir-fry them with lots of garlic, stems are crispy and fresh, leaves are tender!

Now, let's take a look at my Kai Lan harvest.

The last of my Kai Lan harvest. I have harvested 5 times from my two containers of Kai Lan since I sowed the seeds six months ago. Very happy with the harvests! The main stems are very hardy and seems to grow in awkward directions, so  I have decided to use the containers to grow other veggies. 

Happy Gardening !

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Kangkung Harvest

These kangkung was harvested a few weeks ago. I grew these Kangkung from seeds and they are really fast growing veggie. Harvested them in less than 60 days from date of sowing. Really easy to grow, as long as the soil is always damp, they will be happy.

Quite a fair amount from one pot of container! And I thought that growing them in one container would not be enough! 

                                       Makes a plateful of stir-fry for our dinner. Tender and tasty! Yum!

Happy Gardening !