Sometimes it so happens, the gardeners attention is mostly on the plants which he probably thinks are difficult to grow or plants he is growing for the first time(lack of previous experience) or probably the plant is spectacular with it’s produce or worse still it’s always affected by some problem or the other. But in the meanwhile there is another category of plants which just go about their job of growing nicely and bearing veggies without asking much attention from the gardener. I realize there are many such plants in my garden. I still consider myself a newbie to gardening (8-9 month’s of gardening experience is hardly any), but it’s not very difficult to judge the level of back breaking effort one needs to put for a plant to grow and do well.So, this view is based on that.
First up are chillies. Probably they are the only one’s for which i receive harvesting orders from my better half. “Aji sunte ho, thodi mirchi milegi kya aapke garden se??”. In English that translates to “Can i get few chillies from your garden”. You have rightly noted the emphasis on the word ‘your’, after all it’s a request and the more the butter the better the chances of it getting executed 🙂 So, here i go, rush to the garden for few chillies. The 3 chilli plants in container almost always oblige the gardener and hardly ask anything in return. Just regular watering, they have even not seen direct sunlight in their entire life (placed in bright shade for last 6 month’s along with other containers).
Earlier I had written about my pumpkin plants. Now they are flowering profusely giving me 4-5 flowers daily. Pumpkin flower is the main ingredient of one of the Oriya delicacies. The flowers dipped in rice flour batter and fried (Oriya name-Kakharu fula bhaja) are just yum and one of my favourite. They are little difficult to find here in Bangalore but sometimes one might get a few in local veggie markets like Madiwala market, probably out of question in the branded super stores.
Coriander, this too is harvested to order. Flavour of fresh coriander leafs in curry is just too hard to miss. One can almost tell the difference between home grown ones and the ones we get from market. Did i ever mentioned before, that my wife is an awsome cook ?? Well, she is. As good as they come! So, not all the flavours can be attributed to just the ingredients 🙂
My mom and me had got this papaya from a nursery here on Sarjapura road in month of May 09.
And now in just 9-10 month’s it’s taller than the first floor roof and ready to offer a continuous stream of it’s fruits.
Recently i harvested a few ripe papaya’s and they taste sweet as honey. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Had planted few yellow and red pear cherry tomatoes in a bright shade spot on experimental basis. They did reasonably well in the bright shade and kept giving me a harvest now and then for almost a month and half.