Summer is in full swing but my terrace garden is doing fairly well. Jasmins are in full swing. Lemons are doing well, Brinjals have started showing their presence, Mint is getting ready for the season and hibiscus of course are doing very well. Periwincle is also there. Following photos are the testimony for what I am saying. Jasmine Buds Lemons Brinjal Mint Hibiscus Periwinkle Sharad
Coconut shells are discarded or burnt as fuel after harvesting the cream and the water. I have used them in my wood working shop for making useful articles such as ladle, spoon and a tea cup. Please see my blog on coconut for more information on coconut. The shells are first dried in the sun, cleaned from inside and outside, cut to a proper shape and used for making articles of your choice. The shells are quite hard to work with and proper tools should be used. Any holes at the bottom are se...
Like at many other places in the world here in Pune also winter extended for a much longer time. This affected my terrace garden and I was disappointed. But since yesterday the temp has shot up and flowers have started blooming, not in their best conditions but not too bad. I hope better days are ahead. Following are some of the blooms from my TG. Jasmine Hibiscuses Bogainvilla Sharad
Have you seen or tasted the fruit Custard-apple? The Custard-apple fruit The custard-apple is the fruit of the tree Annona reticulata. The fruit is brown or yellowish-green, with varying degree of reticulation. The skin or covering of custard apple is thin but tough and below the covering a thick, cream-white layer of custard like, granular, flesh is present, which surrounds seeds. The fruit is considered ripe when it is soft and develops black spots and easily opens with gentle pressur...
This was the first time I planted Tuberose on my terrace garden. The plant grows to about 3 feet tall. The name has nothing to do with the Rose. The tuberose is named for the shape of its rootstock which is tubular. The bulb produces tall flower spikes with numerous tubular, funnel shaped white blooms and are known for their very sweet intoxicating and seductive perfume. They are used extensively in flowerpots. The two local popular names for this flower are Nishigandh and Rajanigandha. Nis...
19th September is the first day of the well known Elephant God (Ganesh or Ganapati) festival. He is fond of Hibiscus flowers among other. Today on 18th unmarried women in India observe fast to get good, virtuous husband and married women do it so that their husbands continue to remain faithful to them. They either don’t eat anything or eat only fruit. They also need lot of flowers for their worship. My garden is full of flowers to meet their demand. See also some edibles from my garden. ...
In my blog on Addition to my terrace garden(3) I have described Srilankan Tagar or Moon beam flower. Recently I added a local variety of this plant to my garden as it flowers profusely and is true to its name moon beam. It is also known as Crape Jasmine or Pinwheel. This evergreen garden shrub originated in India and is very popular in the country. It has two forms, single which is wild and double is cultivated. I have added the single form. It is used for making garlands. The leaves are glos...
This season I selected Bitter Melon for my vegetable garden as we have developed taste for this ‘not liked by all’ vegetable. The bitterness can be removed by squeezing and masked by addition of spices. Several recipes are possible to suit your taste. Bitter melon also called bitter gourd is probably the most bitter of all fruits, and yet one of the most nutritious too. It is a climber and requires good supports for spreading. It’s scientific name is Momordica charantia a...
I had planted a ginger rhizome in a medium container in the first week of May 2011.In my blog ‘Vegetables on my terrace garden’ posted 216 days back I had posted a picture of the ginger plant and had mentioned that the ginger will be ready for harvest in the winter months. That day had come today when the leaves of the ginger plant had almost withered and turned brown. I was very happy to get about one and a half Kilogram of very healthy ginger in my harvest. This is fairly good for the siz...
While working late in the evening on my terrace garden my attention was drawn to a strange sound. I found that a big Beetle had landed on my terrace and was looking very fearful. I wanted to capture it on my camera which I did not have at that time. The insect was not steady and could have flown off anytime. I quickly put a suitable plastic bottle I found nearby, on the Beetle and kept it in captivity overnight. Next day morning I found the beetle inside the bottle and it’s movements were a l...
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