Archive for December, 2011

Easiest seeds to save ~

The easiest seeds to save are probably peas and beans as these plants are self-pollinated ~  and self-pollinated even before the flower opens, so unless you’re growing different varieties right next to each other, and their vines entwined together, chances are the seeds are pure.

To make it even easier, seeds of peas and beans are large and easy to handle ~  All you need to do is wait for the pods to mature and dry on the vines, pick and split the pods and there you have your seeds ~

I have purple king beans growing very well at my mum’s garden, and it’s the only beans there right now.  My sister don’t like beans, and my mum had been busy and didn’t have time to harvest, so there’s a big batch of beans already matured and dried nicely due to the sunny days we had recently.  I picked a whole shopping bag full, and split the pods while watching TV.  Easy!

The pods can be used as mulch too!

Purple King Seeds

Purple King Seeds

My first pot grown strawberry!!

I have grown strawberries in the ground before, but never eaten any as they’re very popular with the critters, and because the fruits are so close to the ground, they tend to get fungus and rot very easily.  Especially if you’ve been slack and did not mulch them like I did…

Now I don’t have enough real estate in my garden to grow much in the ground, and strawberries are one of the best fruits to grow in containers.  So I’m trying strawberries again.  This time in containers.

Container grown strawberry ~

Container grown strawberry ~

I’ve planted five Torrey crowns, each in their individual pots, which only three servived.  I later bought a Redland Joy, and a strawberry pink.  I have also tried growing Alpine strawberries from seeds without much success…

It is now strawberry season, and I have harvested my first strawberry ever from the Redland Joy plant!  It’s the only plant that’s flowering ~

I think I picked it a day or two too early though.  The flesh was soft with a little bit of strawberry frangrance, but not sweet.

Strawberry

Strawberry

I can’t wait to try some more!!