In the terrace garden, things bloom and colors open up, , one reaches for the camera and get co-bloggers to admire them.
Once in a while, one has to share some failures too , to make up for all the harvest consumed in the past months.
Yes, I am talking about the cabbages;while growing them I had more dilemma then good harvest.
They looked like this , and now you can see how it has progressed. I am disappointed that I did not get round heavy lush looking cabbages. They are coming up,fighting the heat and lack of proper watering . It looks like they are taking ages to grow properly.I went through another dilemma of “should I tie them or not”. I asked a few experts, did not get feedback, so I tied a few and left a few🙂
In case you are wondering what the glistening on the leaves is, it is ginger garlic, chilli solution sprayed on the leaves to fend of cabbage loopers. Fairly successful I can say. Compared to last year,when the worms were eating off all the plants, this year they have been low lying. the heat also may be the reason. I did harvest 2 and made nice Kootu and enjoyed it. Of course, it tasted divine, without any pesticides, and hopefully organic.
Not all is negative news. The Dosakkaya seeds have sprouted up left right and centre. This time I am giving it a good attention, pruning and staking and feeding, to see a few good ones. I am getting some nice corn ( Butta) , as companion plant for Brinjal and Papapya. Fun.
All said and done, I am not giving up yet. I am keeping my fingers crossed for getting sufficient water for the plants. In Hyderabad , some areas are having water problem, power cuts, and the heat. This is the time when farmers take rest, may be I should too. I am trying to make lots of Amrit mitti, and look forward to the rains, like any farmer with parched fields. After 60 years of Independence we are still looking to the skies to pour and give succour. People will not do rainwater harvesting, will not plan , will waste water, and we pay.