Tag Archives: kitchen gardening

Beet the Ruby Red

28 Dec

Well, it all started here, when these tiny red seeds( the ruby red variety of beetroot) looked very inviting.

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I started with a small batch at a time, the cute saplings were thinned .

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And the tiny ones, started growing their pretty foliage , brightening the pot.

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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.

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And here it is in a rustic salad:

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And the yummy beetroot flavoured yoghurt or simply beetroot raita

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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.

The Black beauty

23 Dec

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.

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And here’s to the final product

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Notes –

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.

 

From the pot to the plate- Cabbage

3 Nov

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?)

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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.

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 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.

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Another round of fertilising and here I had the fully formed head after around 25 days.

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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)

ImageHere’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)

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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?