Progress of vegetable growth


This season, vegetable planting went a little haywire.You might have noticed my cribbing about lack of sufficient rains in Hyderabad, forcing me to rethink on planting new seeds. Meanwhile we had fairly good showers in August, giving me enthusiasm to take out the seed collections,stored at random, demanding sorting.

I planted a lot of seeds in transparent plastic glasses. Covered them, watched them over; Radish, carrots, tomatoes, brinjal , gourds, etc..

The carrots germinated fast, throwing me off-balance , since I had not prepared enough pots. They all sprouted with a vengeance, but, with lack of proper care, the carrots did not develop much. But the flowers remained,like ladies- laces, and the seeds are forming so well, till now. Hope to collect some soon , if I master the art.

Water and fertilize with 1/2 tsp. of plant fertilizer mixed with a water can full of water once a month throughout the spring. Flower stalks will grow and bloom, and when the blooms fade, seedpods will form.
Keep an eye on the seedpods throughout the next month or so, and collect them when they become dry and brittle. Get them before they fall, to prevent birds and squirrels from plundering your harvest.
Take the pods indoors and leave them on a plate or saucer in open air to complete the drying process. Break open the pods and shake the seed into a vented plastic sandwich bag. Store in a cool, dry place for sowing the following spring.

Read more: How to Collect Carrot Seeds | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6526927_collect-carrot-seeds.html#ixzz29wJ56GAq”

“Leaving just one carrot to go to seed will produce enough seeds for you and your extended family. In fact, you could probably feed the neighbourhood. One carrot will produce thousands of seeds.
I’ve added the photograph of the carrot top ‘bush’. In another couple of weeks, the ends will come out in white flowers. That is when I’ll cut off the branch, invert it in a paper bag, and hang it up to dry. In a month’s time, I’ll have all the seeds I need
!” from http://www.plantagenda.com.au/hints-and-recipes/carrot-seed-collection.php

Sounds easy, will try it out and post the results.

And then came the brinjals, the favourite of Hyderabad climate.Due to some rains, I lost the (varieties)labels, though I am not the one to be upset about that..

Too many seedlings needing TLC, I shared some plants with friends, who visited my Terrace to collect them. And the rest grew well.


The harvest too was sufficient to make the family, neighbors and friends happy, after a while, people got little tired of them🙂

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You can see the harvest of Okra (Bhendi), and other vegetables too. Okra plants of last year have since got pest attacks, but the new ones are flourishing, ( Vanastree seeds), and fruiting regularly.

The feel good crops were the never failing tomatoes. They grew well, they sparkled in the rain, and ripened on the tree. Did not go through much of pest attack.

The gourds and beans of Vanstree too were happy to germinate in full. It was a sweet success for me that the beans are flowering and fruiting.


I am thankful that nature bestowed me with this pretty necklace, on a Cauliflower leaf, one fine morning.

Happy Gardening, and welcome to the mild winter.

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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85 Responses to Progress of vegetable growth

  1. Vidya Sury says:

    Romba azhagaa irukku, Pattu. My heart is so full – I am imagining raising my own garden some day. I could, even now, but I just don’t know how to keep the pigeons from messing up my plants. I look at my long bare verandah longingly.

    That brinjal looks amazing. So white! I love brinjal. I made brinjal vathakozhambu today.
    The next time I visit your city, I definitely would like to see your garden.😀
    Have a lovely weekend. I miss the Hyd winters!

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Vidya for the wonderful encouragement. So pleased to get the first comment so soon. Sure, come over, esp. in winter, Secunderabad also looks pretty:-)

    • shri says:

      Hello ma’am, you could keep the pigeons out of your way by using the fishing nets which will not hinder any sunlight and it wont even let any of the birds or other creatures spoil your garden.
      Happy gardening.

  2. Mam, I must say I am very impressed… and the hard work that must have gone in raising these plants. Just loved the little lady finger and gourds, and beans….
    Q: How deep the pot should be to grow some of these plants. May be the answer is in some of the earlier posts, need to check them… thanks

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Desi Traveler for the appreciation. It keeps me going. I usually plant them in a medium size pots. Bigger ones will be better. Feeding them is the only big job , pot sizes , medium onwards are fin. Some of them grow in grow bags too. Bhendi is a good plant tog row. Not very difficult to mange.

  3. Nirvana says:

    Wow! You have such a lovely hobby! Sigh! not to mention organic food in your kitchen🙂 !!

  4. Zephyr says:

    How I wish Hyderabad were just a few hours away so that I could come and take away some of those lovely vegetables. The crop looks great on the branches but even better when plucked and sorted🙂

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hey, Zephyr, Welcome to Hyderabad. The crops look very nice , and they are photogenic too, in the morning hours. I am careful not to focus on the debris strewn around.:-)

  5. Jeanne says:

    Very impressive, Pattu. Well done!

  6. seekraz says:

    They look wonderful, Pattu…I wouldn’t get tired of them if I lived close enough to share. 🙂

    Bounty from your labor of love…very nice….

  7. TTT says:

    what a harvest ! and the necklace on cauliflower looks amazing !

  8. Indrani says:

    Such an inspiring post!
    I intend to start growing some.🙂

  9. Whenever I look at your posts, I feel excited as it reminds me of how I used to spend a lot of time in growing vegetables in my childhood days. Keeping a separate trash can and storing all the vegetable peels, used tea leaves, egg shells, fruit leftovers etc and burying those inside one flower pot will help in getting enough of fertiliser. No need to buy urea or other synthetic fertilisers. If you can get neem leaves then crushing those and spraying it with water will also help as pesticide as well as fertiliser.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Sabyasachi! How lucky you were to discover the joys of gardening at such an young age. Thanks for the tips too. They are helpful. Neem leaves are plenty here and I use it by soaking in water and cow urine for some days and fertilize the plants, and throw the residue on to the compost. I am going to try your idea too.

  10. Rahul says:

    This is lovely!

  11. matheikal says:

    Always a delight to come to your blog. So much of nature in it.

  12. jayanthi. says:

    Great to see your vegetables! Inspires me to become a gardenerat60 too (which is 4 years away if not earlier). Thanks a lot for the pictures.🙂

  13. Kevin says:

    Hello. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

  14. excellent , as I have been telling you earlier the tomatoes that i had sown.. they have Bourne fruit. but now that the sun has completely gone and the chilly wind is in the air I doubt if they will ripen at all ..

    you have done a lovely job🙂

  15. uppal says:

    Hi Pattu,
    What amazing results of your hard work.🙂 Beautiful pictures of fresh vegetables especially of dew covered green tomatoes.
    Pattu, my new post is waiting.

  16. meowpurrs says:

    Super stock of veggies you have grown! Awesome! My carrot tops looked so huge and pretty and i was thinking there was a massive veggie underneath, but when we pulled out, the carrot was tiny. My kids were so amazed and vexed. I think we need more experience.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hi Meowpurrs, Same case here too. carrots are small, but sweet,. It seems if the flowers come, the seeds start developing , and the roots do not grow! We learn as we grow .:-)

  17. What a lovely garden! Here in Southern California our temperatures were all upside down…cold in July and we’re still having summer now. My vegetable garden just didn’t produce what I’d hoped! Yours looks enviable!🙂 Debra

  18. subhorup says:

    It is such a lovely experience just to read about your garden. One can sense how much joy it brings to you. I had never seen carrot flowers before, though I have seen seeds. They look magical.

  19. Jaishvats says:

    Hi pattu
    Kudos🙂 I am planning to do some gardening and its mainly becoz I have been inspired by u . Hats off

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Jaishree, that is nice to know about the garden effort. I am sure you will write a wonderful post about them, for our benefit.:-). Happy gardening and writing.

  20. Pattu, I love your posts. I learn so much from you about gardening. We just got carrot seeds from Ooty and hubby has been diligently planting and taking care of all the seeds, bulbs and plants that we got from Ooty. Perks of traveling in your own car🙂. Your inputs about carrot plants are so precious. I have to come to your home when I am in Hyderabad next and of course, to have your filter coffee🙂. In my mil’s home, she has chickoo, drumstick, pomegranate, lemon, mango, papaya, coconut trees all planted so many years ago. But, she is unable to plant vegetables. Maybe, she can come and take some tips from you as well. She is a keen gardener and has great knowledge of flora and fauna.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Wow, Rachna, entire family of garden lovers. How lovely.

      I am sure the seeds from Ooty will grow well in Bangalore with the right amount of heat and moisture. Please post pictures as when the plants develop.

      And please come and visit us in Hyderabad.

  21. vinishah says:

    wow …..what ‘feel good’ feeling it must be na ,when you saw those vegetables ripening ,must say its a coolest hobby I’ve came across🙂🙂

  22. Swapna says:

    Such a bountiful garden Pattu. I am feasting my eyes on yours while mine is still in the budding phase. We have a small patch of land for vegetable gardening and we have Bottle gourd, Guava, Tomato, Lady Finger, Brinjal, Spinach, Radishes, Coriander and some cauliflower right now. Love these garden updates from you!!

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Swapna. Growing vegetables on the ground is much more enjoyable, since the soil is with so many micro organisms.The variety you have mentioned is awesome. Please post the developments with photographs.

  23. ashreyamom says:

    wow.. terrace garden and growing omen vegetables is great idea.. patti u r super.. now i am dreaming of a independent house with all big garden..

  24. inducares says:

    Nice vegetables Pattu.I have also planted beans & green chillies,but a virus has infected the chilies.Still it is fun to get fresh produce from the garden.

  25. It’s interesting to see you are also trying to collect seeds. I tried with lettuce seeds and was successful colecting the seeds, but when I planted them the following year, they did not germinate.
    My parsley self-seeded and I let it grow where it fell in the gravel and where nature intended. If I’d have plnated it there it would not have grown. Nature is a wonderul thing but it teases us!

    I was intrigued by the brinjals they are almost like Aubergines or as they are called here berinjala. I think I’ve spelt correctly but I’m tired through lack of sleep🙂

    Your beans have the most wonderful flowers, I hope the beans taste as good as the flowers look🙂

    Good luck with your carrot challenge!

  26. Jeevan says:

    This is wonderful to know your garden feeds u enough! Congrats🙂

  27. shovonc says:

    I’m feeling a little guilty about being a carnivore.

  28. You are such an inspiration! I feel so overjoyed just looking at your produce🙂

  29. magiceye says:

    Love your connect with gardening!

  30. Viraj says:

    I am a chef here…and THIS made my day! specially seeing someone taking so much effort for home grown Veggies in India…very nice. And I love your blog too…I often come here.

  31. This indeed has reference value for me. So many useful tips. Many thanks!

  32. What a treat..! I have tomato and capsicum seeds and have no clue what to do with them🙂

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Ghazala. Oh.. Capsicum might grow well in Calcutta. Try it out. You can store the seed in tight container or pouch for two years in the fridge.:-)

  33. I wish I could plant some vegetables on my terrace. I will do it after some time. You seem to have had a nice harvest! Won’t these vegetables be eaten by squirrels or crows, given that you are leaving it out in the open?

    Destination Infinity

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Rajesh. The squirrels ,bats, parrots, bulbuls, and other birds enjoy plenty of fruits around the trees in the compound as well nearby compounds.So far they have ignored my garden.
      However, there was a scare yesterday when I saw a big , well fed monkey, munching Seethaphal on the terrace and looked at me with disdain, when I tried to shoo him away!

      I observed a terrace in the Nilam cyclone video. I know, when one is hard pressed for time, planting a garden on the terrace is not that important. When you have the desire, time will fulfill it.

      • We have some space on the sides of our house (close to the compound wall), but some flowers/karuvepilai and other plants have been planted in it. I don’t think I can expand it for vegetables. The solution is planting on the terrace, but I am afraid the vegetables will be eaten by many creatures around here! Especially since I cannot keep monitoring that space.

        I think I need to start small, plant one or two vegetables in the beginning and see if something grows in it, and then expand. Which *easy* plants (yielding vegetables) do you suggest for a beginner? Is there any web-page that can help?

      • gardenerat60 says:

        Initially palak, methi, corriander,tomato can be grown easily.
        Have you seen Geekgardener’s weblog? look for seed starting , http://geekgardener.in/2009/11/20/how-to-start-a-kitchen-garden-part-1/ , and read on. Enjoy.

      • Satyam, Sivam, Sundaram – Truth, Sacred, Beauty – these are most fitting words for this shortest story I have ever read, and I feel blessed. It is so compassionate! Those in direct contact with Nature achieve that!!
        I have heard a vernacular proverb, ‘tree belongs to you; fruits belong to all’.
        But I learn a hard lesson, where no words were spared, from adivasis – aborigines – that ‘land belongs to none’.

      • gardenerat60 says:

        Ok.. Remi de Souza, followed!🙂. This morning saw those parrots., rather heard their joyfull screeches. Felt good.:-)

  34. Roshni says:

    wow! you have such a green thumb!

  35. SRS says:

    I wish I was your neighbour!! I could learn all this effectively🙂

  36. Wow.. I am glad I came across your blog Ma’am…though late.
    Lovely pictures and you know what my mum maintains a kitchen garden.
    Last season we had lady fingers, brinjals, gourd and now in the approaching winter time I can already see cauliflower and a spinach peeping out from the soil. Will tell her about carrots now..

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Welcome here Manjulika! and thanks. I am glad to note that your mother maintains a kitchen garden. How lovely it is to eat fresh vegetables. Why dont you share some photographs?

  37. Dilip says:

    Wow a growers delight! Thanks & cheers.

  38. Chitra says:

    wow, the gourds and beans look promising
    Green thumb!

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