Lessons learnt.

I felt bad for losing the mommy Strawberry plant for a while. Just this morning, when I repotted the remaining plants, I realise how soggy the soil was. I’m now surprised that even these 4 plants survived the kind of soil atmosphere I subjected them to. Strawberry plants do not like ever wet soil conditions, they prefer properly drained out soil conditions. I have now moved them to pots with 75% coco peat, which will help in draining excess soil and keep the moisture, so I can water them only when needed.

Well, this is an expensive lesson learnt. I had to lose 5 plants before realising my mistake! Hope the other plants are in better place now.

Nature is just mysterious!

Remember how I was telling just the other day how my Amaryllis plant need only less sunlight and it will bloom? I just happened to visit my friend this afternoon and I witnessed an old battered pot in which the Amaryllis bloomed beautifully, while the rest of the plant has withered! Somehow, someone just let the plant die and it is blooming so beautifully, while I am stressing my back off and the plant wouldn’t budge. Nature is just mysterious!!

Life in a garden…

A short photo op of all the little ones that have shown up in the garden…

 

 

 

Sapling status

Of the first batch of seeds that I sowed, the greens are growing well, so are the two Bitter gourd saplings and the Snake gourd saplings (Both are showing signs of emerging tendrils, one of them even got hold of the nearby Broad bean plant!), Radishes are coming along well. I see some signs of growth in the Beet grow bag as well as in the Chilly bag and the Egg plant bag (Brinjal), although I am not sure if they are indeed the seeds that I sowed in the first place! I will update as to what comes of it.

Of the second batch of seeds sowed, two of the Pumpkin seeds have germinated, I am yet to see any growth in the other bags.

Happy Gardening!

 

PS: I did not take photographs of the new seedlings. Will take one and update shortly.

To weed or not to?

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not been discovered – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Stonebreaker plant (Tamil: Keelanelli, which is a medicinal plant that helps recover from Hepatitis B, a plant that has been used widespread in our state for its use) is spread out in  my garden, occupying every little space that it can, almost like a weed. But I am not sure I want to remove them anyway! But I do remove old plants every now and then.

 

Patience is the key!

When I had pruned my banyan tree, i found three roots, one was very thick but not connected to the plant and there were two tiny roots which had shoots emerging. The first time around, I didn’t realise that this could be the Banyan’s branching out shoots and nipped the tiny shoot. When I saw the second one, I realised it could be Banyan’s and moved it over to a tiny cup and filled it up with soil. I also moved the big root to a single small cup and filled it with soil and have been watering them since then. I have never had grown shoots out of bare roots before, so I wasn’t sure if this will work either. Just this morning, I had to turn the big bare root to witness new life emerging! Nature has its own way of reclamation!




Hydrangeas in Chennai

Hydrangeas do well in part sun/shade in Chennai. Mine only gets sunlight for one hour in the evening, and I should say, the leaves are healthy looking and are even giving out new shoots. Evening/ early morning works best, because the sun is not too hot at the time. It is best, to let the plant be on shade the rest of the time.

Did you know you can make the flower change colours from pink to blue and back? The pink coloured flower is because the pH of the soil is alkaline and the blue colour is because the pH of soil is more acidic. You can try using garden lime to get pink flowers or coffee grounds to make the soil more acidic (in turn, make the flowers bloom all blue). Do not do it in concentrated solutions, ensure that it is very very diluted and use it sparingly. The flowers will not change colour immediately, you need to give it some days.

This does not work for white or cream Hydrangeas.

PS: If the plants grow in concrete pots / walk ways, it might be hard to make them change colours, as it will be absorbing lime from the concrete, which will make it tough to change colour.