Since both my children are already attending school, I have a little more time in the mornings to take up a new hobby.
I have always dreamed of having an edible garden of my own and have started a mini potted edible plant project last August (2017).
Here are some "successful" and "somewhat successful" examples.
First, its the Thai basil. I love basil and have tried planting sweet basil too, but have failed (twice).
I put some cuttings in water and waited for the roots to grow. About two weeks after the roots started to grow, I transferred them into a pot with soil.
|A few days after the roots started to grow, I transferred the Thai Basil cuttings into soil.|
|I desperately wanted to see the flowers on my Thai Basil plant so I had to sacrifice it. If I were to keep the plant, I should cut off the flowers.|
The plant thrived, to my delight, because I have not been successful in planting anything, even my spring onion was not really successful. (Later, I found out that spring onion would grow better in yellow soil.)
The second success was with mung beans. It was very satisfying watching them grow at a rapid speed and bore fruits in less than two months.
|This is how fast mung beans could sprout in soil. In just a day!|
|When the pods turns black and crips, it is time to harvest them!|
|My first harvest of mung beans.|
The next plants which bore fruit was the tomatoes. However, it was not very successful and we only harvested a tomato. The plant was attacked by disease and the leaves turned yellow.
|So, this the our one and only tomato.|
My most recent harvest was the bettong ginger. It was a very successful one, despite me harvesting them at 9 months old. I just couldn't wait! I couldn't even wait of it to flower. However, I was really proud of it that I gave some away to a few friends. I don't need to consume all of them but I will replant them and yes, let them keep on multiply!
|My bentong ginger plant at 9 months old.|
|Extremely proud of my bettong ginger!|
If you love to eat, you should try to grow some food too! The satisfaction of eating your own home grown food is beyond words.