Progress after monsoon 2013


I am still guilty of not writing posts. When I compare my posts of last year this time, I find that my enthusiasm in gardening and writing about it,  have diminished. The factors affecting the blogging is still very much plaguing me. Trying to cope with illness in the family is  exhausting , but things are on the positive bend, hoping to have normal life very soon.

On the gardening front, I find more and more people are joining the gardener list, and are eager to grow organic, procure stuff and show results. Boy, some of the young gardeners are serious contenders for top notch stuff, organic or not. The kind of pictures they post takes one’s breath away. It also makes one very inadequate, to even talk about one’s meager gardening efforts. I sometimes come across, beautiful tiled terraces , with clean , neatly lined rows of grow bags, or pots, with a good stuff as a medium and the results are burst of colors or bunches of vegetables hanging there. Obverse, it makes one, want to reach out to that level and everyday, one needs to search the mind for fresh inputs to make the garden a better looking one. I have also become less sure about my techniques and my ability to keep constant posting on Facebook and other social media.

Sometimes, I come across absolute gushing about  few vegetables, and a small bunch of green grown by first time budding gardeners. This gives me great happiness.. aha.. here is someone like me .. trying to start and sharing the small reward with fellow gardeners.

Another trend I noticed in my gardening experience is that I am drifting away from time consuming, back breaking concoctions which require a good amount of travel in the city. I would rather procure stuff at home, try to grow smaller quantities and enjoy the produce. I also came across fancy stuff like Trichoderma, PSB..etc  to make seeds germinate and sustain. I am not sure I am good at using them. So off the idea went out of window. Whatever germinates by itself fine, rest can rest in peace.

The last few months also went in visiting some of the good initiatives made by young people in developing permaculture spaces. Those experiences have made me more inclined to go for natural greening and addition of various nitrogen fixtures.. at least trying them. It seems that some of the efforts are paying well.

This year I have been a little lucky to grow some of the gourds, which ended in some fruiting.(pictures of the bud and later , the full grown one).   The gourd vines were resisting my attempts for a  long time,, now the vines are growing all over, due to excess rain we had here. I am hopeful the fruits will develop well and make my efforts worthwhile.

Sharing some of the pictures from the terrace taken in the past few weeks.

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These photographs were clicked from August till date.

Happy gardening :-)

About gardenerat60

As you guessed, I am a retired executive, looking for hobbies. Stumbled into gardening after reading blogs. Always wanted to use eco-friendly items in daily life. So, there was no heistation in deciding to put the vast terrace balcony to use for organic garden.
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64 Responses to Progress after monsoon 2013

  1. sugunasri says:

    lovely millets, tomatoes, bugs and RED passion flower!

  2. And you say this is not top notch?

  3. A very inspirational post as always…I am one of the few who have started taking home gardening a bit seriously after reading your posts. Though I am yet to get any success but it is still a step in right direction for me. Please do keep writing and posting pictures, they are very inspiring.

  4. sushmitha06 says:

    Wow ! Lovely and its treat to eyes. Wish to grow them. Just two days back I got my flowering plants. Yet to start the gardening journey towards veggies. Hoping and wishing that everything gets fine to make a come back soon :)

  5. magiceye says:

    Always such a refreshing experience to read your post and view your creations!!

  6. jaishvats says:

    Nice pics. gardening is something of which I know nothing but it’s in my list of things to learn :) lets see

  7. gypsysoul.. says:

    reading your post i’m actually thinking about starting too and like mridula said you say it isnt top notch hehe :P seriously. this is like WOW :)

  8. Jeevan says:

    I feel so envy looking at your colorful garden… it seems you started growing incredible bugs, as well! Lol

    We have just planted ladies finger in our garden space… u can check this post on our garden: http://jeevansworld.blogspot.in/2013/09/the-last-four-months.html

  9. matheikal says:

    I’m back at your blog after a pretty while… glad to be back with all these wonderful pictures, to be in the lap of nature

  10. Pattu ,sorry to learn about the illness in your family,hope it has vanished.

    I cant show you the pictures of my veggies but my bottle gourds look very much like the one you have shown.And the taste-it is amazingly different from what we used to get in the market.Guess what,i have only 2 living vines but i have tired of sending out bottle gourds to all my neighbors & servants.Perhaps i will have to sit down with a basket in the market!

    And the tomatoes we grew were superb-authentic taste.The seeds were very good-not the grafted kind.
    Well enough of my boasts,love!

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Wow! Induji, that is a good harvest. Having many bottle gourds is windfall , in our gardening experience. I am sure they tasted good and so are the tomatoes. Are the plants on the ground or on Terrace?. I am having half a mind to request for few seeds.:-). As for boasting, we all understand and appreciate. Even one fruit is enough:-)

      BTW your comment landed in SPAM, and my internet was not good , I could not reply back.

  11. Jayanthi Vijayendran says:

    Lovely pics, Pattu. Your garden is ever green and colourful. One of the recent additions to our terrace garden is a pink water lily which has given four beautiful blooms. Its a treat to see the flower bloom. We also had four Brahma kamals on a single leaf blooming at the same time one night!!

  12. meowpurrs says:

    Always lovely to see your greens, and whites and all the colors in your garden. Good to see the bugs too :) It is fall here in Seoul and i am about to close up my garden for the winter :(

  13. Gurdev says:

    Hi Pattuji,
    In the past few months I have grown some serious veggies which I had never ever grown in my life. Grown and eaten Palak, Dhaniya, Beans, Bok Choy and a few European cucumber(yummy). Tomatoes are taking ages to ripen. I am trying hard to grow Broccoli which are being adamant not to grow. Trying my hand at Hydroponics too. Growing Lettuce in it. Crossed fingers.
    I don’t know how the people who show great harvest are keeping the pests away. I have had an attack of caterpillars and aphids in my garden which are ruining my crop of Broccoli, Bok Choy and Red Radish.
    Happy gardening to you too :)

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Wow! . That is some amazing start, in a few months, Gurudev. Rainy weather might be delaying the Tomato ripening. People place banana near the plant for getting it to ripen quicker. Broccoli will start growing now, and once started it will not stop. It grows easily. Anil Shenoy of ‘Permaculture backto Roots’ (FB) , has a lot of exp. with Bok Choy. Red radish too is easy to grow. Caterpillars need to be handpicked daily!. Aphids.. that is a problem.

      Happy Gardening.

      • Rachna says:

        Pattu so good to see a post from you. And as Gurdev has already mentioned, he has taken on to terrace gardening in a big way. I am enjoying the fruits of his labor with some of the freshest herbs and greens. He is very painstaking. May be I will do a post on my blog showcasing all that he has done. Always inspirational to read your posts. Hope all is well with you.

      • gardenerat60 says:

        Thanks Rachna, good to hear from you!. Gurudev was first to post his comments! :-). I am so happy that he is doing the gardening in full swing. May his plants increase.Looking forward to see his progress and hear about it from your blog.
        Life is getting slowly back to normal. BTW, your comment went into SPAM box?

  14. sangeeta says:

    Welcome back!i have a small roof and terrace garden and love to see it flourish.Your experiments have my keen interest.Your this post is praiseworthy with pics to give a fair idea of great garden you have developed.

  15. ilakshee says:

    It is refreshing to read this post. My gourds and cucumbers fruited but dried out. :( Next time I shall put them in sacks of soil. I think. However the flowers gave me a better deal :)

  16. The Earth revolves! So also the Moon! The Seasons move in cycles! We Indic people have calenders based on Lunar Cycles! Time to work! Time to rest! Time to contemplate!

    • gardenerat60 says:

      True Remiji. Dont the South Indians, esp. Tamils follow solar calendar. Our festivals always falls two weeks later than lunar calendar ones :-). Not Sure why…

  17. themoonstone says:

    Pattu, hope the illness in your family is on the mend soon ! Lovely post and so lovely to see the wonderful vegetables you have grown. You surely have the green thumb :)

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hi Ash, thanks. Yes the illness is on the mend.. some of it has to be accepted . So we are all adjusting. Meanwhile plants are happy to fruit, and we are happy to eat them.:-)

  18. arati says:

    these pictures reveal a lovely garden! how satisfying it must be.

  19. kayemofnmy says:

    We’re all experimenting, Pattu. It is spring here and our planting begins at the end of October. Meanwhile I have planted some seeds indoors and oh, the thrill of watching new saplings appear!

  20. C. Suresh says:

    It is your love for growing things that shines through, Pattu Raj. And that passion and pleasure is all there is in any endeavor no matter how accomplished or not you think of yourself to be.

  21. I love this post, its refreshing. You are extremely lucky to be able to grow such lovely things.

  22. glip says:

    I love your blog and your words from the heart – keep writing, keep gardening!

  23. ...shabab says:

    You must be a veggie. The gourds, maize, green-red tomatoes …its amazing to see this Kitchen garden on concrete terrace.
    Of course, its an inspirational post. But, since I don’t like too much Vegetables in my dinner plate I have decided to grow CHICKENS on my tarrace. They are PROTEIN BOMBS.
    I know i can’t gv sufficient time, so i would hire a Nepali care taker. I think 100 Broiler chicks would be ok to start with.

    It will be fun to eat home-grown chickens. Let it be started. Who knows, I would buy a buffalo next, for a bucket of WATERLESS milk. ;-)

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Shabab for visiting my blog and the comments. Yes I am a veggies, I wish I could rear chickens too.. for the amount of organic compost their dropping will provide. I told my husband we need to keep chickens, and ( he the one who eats them)., gave me a cold stare.:-). Please follow your dream of rearing chickens, and if you can, share the manure with other organic growers in your area. You might get stuff for some good salad , for the Biryanis.

  24. Fresh and natural vegetables, chile, tomato and other. I am also farming vegetables and you post increase my information for better farming.

  25. Chitra says:

    The lovely pics of your garden belie the comment that your enthusiasm has diminished. :)
    Hope you and your family is fine now. Take care.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Chitra. True. The pictures do look good. But the production of vegetables and variety have decreased this year. Want to make it up.All fine now.

  26. Dilip says:

    Beautiful and refreshing post. Your garden after the monsoons is in bloom and looks vibrant. Special wishes for your relatives to be well soon.
    Regards.

  27. Raji says:

    It is always a pleasure to go through your inspiring posts. The garden looks amazing with all those vegetables and flowers. I failed to identify the fifth picture. Is it millet?
    Happy gardening and keep posting!

  28. Photo Hut says:

    Lovely! Your gardening is an inspiration ! Hope to grow some in the little space we have

  29. Hey, Great Stuff! I am a new Gardner and a new blogger myself. do check my blog

    http://seedgerminator.wordpress.com/

    HAPPY GERMiNATING

  30. chollukireen says:

    காய்களையும்,பூக்களையும்,செடிகளையும் பார்க்கும்போதுஅதுவும் டெரஶ் கார்டனில் உங்களின் உழைப்பு என்று நினைக்கும்போது ஆச்சரியமாக இருக்கிறது.
    நான் பார்த்த போது பதிலெழுதுகிறேன். காய்கள் கிடைத்தால் ருசிக்கலாமே என்று மிக்க ஆசையாக இருக்கிறது.. உழைப்பு. பலன். அன்புடன்

    • gardenerat60 says:

      நன்றி அம்மா. உங்கள் பாராட்டுக்கள் என்னை குதூகலப்படுத்துகிறது. பம்பாயிலும் பலர் இந்த மாதிரி மாடித்தோட்டம் அசத்தலாக போடுகிறார்கள்.

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