Archive for February, 2012

My first home grown hairy gourd

Hairy gourd, also called Hairy melon… I believe it is a variety of Winter melon ~

This is the first time I’ve successfully grown it… this is the first one on the vine….  I harvested it when it was a little over 1.3 kg ~

Hairy Melon won't fit into my mixing bowl....

Weighing in at 1.3 kg

Stuffed with pork mince, seasoned with dried mushroom, scallops, and shrimp… Yum~~~~

Yum ~~~

Recipe can be found here ~


Growing from cuttings

Many plants can be propagated from cuttings and often much easier than from seeds ~
I’m not very good at it though, because I tend  not to be able to keep them moist consistently, and consequently, they dry out before they shoot out any roots.  However, I’ve still had success with propagating Mulberry, Rosemary, mint, basil, Cassava, mother-of-herbs (Plectranthus aromaticus syn. Coleus aromaticus), and sugarcane by cuttings.  They must have been really easy to root ~ all I did was cut either the tip of growth or section of a twig/branch, remove the leaves down the bottom 1/2 to 2/3, and stick them in the soil.

I’ve received cuttings from other people that are less common, or that I would never would have have thought of propagating from cuttings though.  Eggplants, Tamarillo, Pepino, even a mango just to mention a few …

Cutting grown Tomarillo

Cutting grown Tomarillo

Cutting grown Mango

Cutting grown Mango

The eggplant grown from cutting have just produced its first fruit now 🙂

Cutting grown Eggplant

Cutting grown Eggplant