Its been a while and the blog saw very little action. Not that the pots weren’t full, but the Pitter Potter gardener, got busy and was down with an eye infection. However glad to be back and here are a few beauties which warmed my heart this week.
Radishes – The Radishes were the easiest to grow taking less than a month to harvest. I chose the pink beauties because they were pink and looked very appealing . Take a look at its pictorial journey. The saplings at 10 days.,The pinkies at 25 days:
And then the rocket leaves with their journey from pot to plate in 4 weeks.
And here was the produce:
And what followed was an yummylicious salad,with a bit of bite, mustard vinaigrette, tomatoes,feta cheese , rocket leaves and radish. It disappeared as soon it was placed on the table.
Its been a while folks, lets connect, let me know whats growing in your part of the world and your homes?
Well, it all started here, when these tiny red seeds( the ruby red variety of beetroot) looked very inviting.
I started with a small batch at a time, the cute saplings were thinned .
And the tiny ones, started growing their pretty foliage , brightening the pot.
I added some of the tender leaves into a salad and can I tell you , they were absolutely delicious.
And after a wait of 45 days, there was the bulbous root, all ripe and ready. I ensured that I harvested it tender.
And here it is in a rustic salad:
And the yummy beetroot flavoured yoghurt or simply beetroot raita
I was amazed at the beauty and the taste of the home grown beet. But this website here with its insightful article about the benefits of beet , got me thinking and makes me want to plant more of them.
Do let me know if you liked the post.
Shiny black with its violet flowers, this handsome veggie was the pride of the garden. Luscious to look at, delicious to devour, dear black beauty, thanks for the pleasant surprise.
Here’s the pictorial journey from a flower to the eggplant all in a matter of fifteen days.
And here’s to the final product
1. The plant needed heavy staking while it was growing primarily because of the weight.
2. Eggplants are very thirsty plants and needed water almost daily.
3. I’d like it to call it the versatile veggie, being the perfect accompaniment to any food.
4. Needed a lot of sunlight and the plant dint really appreciate the onset of winter.
5. It is better to pluck them early before the glossiness fades off, because they tend to get too seedy inside.
Its been a while since I have grown vegetables since the carrots tested my patience. So I went searching for veggie seeds that would not take too long and bought the cabbage seeds from the local nursery. Prepared the soil ( mix of cocopeat, soil, vermicompost and manure) and then off went the seeds. A week later and I had these cute saplings coming up. (Absolute mindless scattering. I never learn ,do I?)
Better sense prevailed and I thinned the growth, transplanting some of them and unfortunately discarding the weak ones. Here are the one month old saplings.
I fertilised them with organic fertilizer at this stage. Ensured that the soil is moist, and kept removing the yellowing leaves at the base. And after 45 days of wait, I could see the plant preparing itself , first the base and slowly the formation of the head.
Another round of fertilising and here I had the fully formed head after around 25 days.
I harvested the head after a week , and loved the tender, sweet vegetable. Harvesting it was fun, as though mother nature, was presenting me with a stalk.(tap root)
Here’s what I made from the home grown cabbage following the recipe from my favourite cooking blog. (Kothiyavanu)
Here’s the dish that the family loved and enjoyed. Cabbage Thoran ( A south Indian cabbage stir fry)
So here I go , enjoying the weather , the festivities in the air , waiting to hear from you.
What’s growing in your garden this season?
Ah, the beautiful journey of a seed to germinate, a bud to blossom, and the flower bearing fruit. And through the journey, the Pitter Potter Gardener is patiently watching nature unfold its miracles one petal at a time. The promise of things to come, seems much more beautiful than the arrival itself. Here are some of those joys that have filled my heart with the warmth of a sunny day. ( Much needed in the rainy Bengaluru weather)
A fuzzy baby tomato, standing all stout and cute:
The enticing lure of the peas in a pod , just waiting to fatten up:
The spectacular green of the onion bulbs that are shooting up:
And my favourite, a little carrot head pushing up into the world.
Cant wait to see them all grown up soon . Stay tuned for the next posts to witness their journey.
Kohlrabi or knolkhol’s are the distant cousins of the cabbage family . They have a nutty flavour but a little more pungent in their taste . Funny looking ,as much as they are, they add in quite a punch either to your salads or the dinner pots. Personally, my favourite is the Knol Khol Sambhar that Amma used to churn out:
So in anticipation of the beautiful vegetables, the seeds were sown and I was quite happy to see them germinate in a weeks’ time. After ten days and a bit of organic fertilizer later .Their tiny stems were swelling up
And this happens when you crowd your vegetables while planting and dont thin the plants :
And after 55 days of waiting and watching them grow their girth, here they were . The perfect size waiting for them to be harvested.
Teaming them up with my homegrown tomatoes was not only a visual delight but a culinary one at that too:
Harvesting them while they are tender makes the vegetable taste heavenly
They need ample space around them to grow . Thinning is a must if you see them fighting for spaces and resources like my baby knolknols.
They prefer cold climates and are not huge fans of direct,uninterrupted sunlight.
Its been a while and being the tortured cubicle dweller and coping up with my allergic rhinitis hardly gave me any time. But nevertheless, managed to grow a potful of Banana Peppers or Hungarian Yellow Wax peppers which were amazing to taste and so pretty to ogle at.
Take a look at how it all started. It took a wait of two and half months from the seed to the fruit.The journey began when the colour on the packet enticed me.
I did not get the pretty yellow but managed to get pretty close to the hue. Heres a pictorial journey of the lovely peppers. I particularly loved the one in the extreme right. The pepper sure looks like a banana.
And note the size of the peppers :
And heres one for the buffet table, Loved adding the colour to the table.
And when it was enough of gourmet, I decided to give it the Desi Tadka. So ripened a few peppers n the plant ,and made a yummylicious chutney which was a hit with the Idli’s.
- The peppers are very thirsty plants
- They need atleast four hours of sunlight.
- The plants are prone to attracting aphids and need particular care when they bear peppers.
- They paint a pretty colourful picture when they are left to ripen in the pot.
And for the next time,if time permits, I am going to try out the stuffed pepper recipe mentioned here.
So long folks..have fun pottering around and holler if you need to know more.