Following are further additions to my terrace garden. I am sure you will love them. Ipomoea nil, Blue Bell, Morning Glory Ipomoea nil , a species of morning glory is native to most of the tropical world and is cultivated as an attractive ornamental plant. It is a climbing annual herb with three-pointed leaves. The flowers are bell shaped and appear in different shades of color. The seeds of this plant, called kaladana in the vernacular because it is black have medicinal properties. B...
Mid June to mid September is the rainy season and is the best time to add new plants. I have used this period to enrich my terrace garden with many new additions and will blog them in parts. OreganoOregano or wild marjoram is a hardy aromatic herb. The aroma is strong and resembles that of marjoram. The plant is used as a culinary herb and has medicinal properties. It is an essential ingredient of chilli sauce and is used in many Mexican dishes. Here in India it is used for making Bhajias ...
Before we moved to our new home we discussed having chickens. We would get a few for eggs and perhaps even a few meat birds…BOY WAS I WRONG. I should have known better that with my personality those birds would win me over – BIGTIME. We moved into our new home and that summer decided to get 3 hens of almost laying age off a local farmer. We would not name them in fear of getting “attached”. When we spoke of them it was the red one, the black one and the mu...
This is our Christmas Tree: Merry Christmas to all GardenTenders!
This is my first blog. Any mistakes or improvements may pl be brought to my noticeCoconut which is the fruit or seed of coconut palm grows abundantly in tropics because of favourable soil and weather conditions. Kerala is the largest coconut growing state in India. The only states in the U.S. where coconut palms can be grown are Hawaii and south Florida to the best of my knowledge. Every part of the coconut tree is useful and hence its commercial importance. The husk of the nut is composed of...
The New Zealand Flax is completely unrelated to the flax which produced the flax seed ( linseed) but was so named because of the similarities in the properties of the fibres and its uses. The Maori had discovered the 1001 uses of the NZ Flax or Harakeke long before pale-faced Europeans showed up.Actually related to the lilly, it sends up shoots of flowers at about the same time as the lillies bloom.The plant can be quite large, some are over 3m tall and 2m wide. The flower stalks can b...
So what do you do when there are still tomatoes on the vines but frost is coming in fast? Well, you do a mad dash harvest run! So, now that you have so many green cherry tomatoes, what then? Why, whip up a batch of green cherry tomato pickles! Was the wifes’ idea to do that… Still got plenty of tomatoes on hand however, so tomorrow I’m going to dig up everything I need to make some green (and some red) tomato ketchup. :) Still got plenty of figs on the f...
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Hi All - The attached video may be of interest to some of you thinking about a deck or landscape design project; I captured it from my PC some months back showing how I use a design software package to take much of the risk out of expensive & elaborate projects like this. I thought I’d post it here, and I also have a more extensive deck & landscape design visualization article on my website as well if anyone is interested. I seriously got my money out of this little softwa...
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