Starting an urban garden is like learning to ride a bike: you’ll probably fall a few times, before finally getting it right. In gardening, failure is just part of the learning process. However, a lot of these rookie mistakes can actually be avoided if the new gardener is properly guided on what he ought to do (or not to do). Here are a few useful things to remember before starting an urban garden. Read More
A typical question many gardeners ask is: “what happened to my seed germination?” There are a lot of reasons why your seeds did not germinate. Some seeds are by nature difficult to germinate, especially when they are grown outside of their natural habitat, like those imported seeds for instance. First thing we must remember is that not all seeds are alike. In general however, seed germination is affected by various ecological conditions, as well as the physiological qualities of the seeds themselves. Understanding these basic principles would help us increase our chances of success in germinating seeds.
Now that your seeds have sprouted, the next step is to transfer them from your seed starter trays into pots. This may sound elementary to most gardeners, but in reality, a lot of my rookie mistakes in the past happened during this stage. So here are a few things to remember when transplanting or re-potting your seedlings.
It is always disheartening to discover that your vegetable seedling patch had just been destroyed by a voracious slug, locust, cutworm or caterpillar. Birds, bull frogs and even your neighbor’s cat can also wreak havoc in the garden. Keeping them off your plants is every gardener’s challenge. Fortunately, there are organic solutions (including a home-made pesticide or insecticide) to address each type of problem . Having tried all the suggestions that I found in the web, I have listed below some of these gardening hacks that really worked well for me.
About three months ago, a very thoughtful neighbor gifted me with a curry leaf plant (also known as murraya koenigii or bergera koenigii). Before this, I have never seen or used the curry leaves so I got a little curious about this flavorful and aromatic plant. The first thing I learned about the curry leaves is that it is just one of the many spices used to make the curry seasoning. The curry seasoning itself is a blend of different spices that include ginger, garlic, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and a lot of other aromatic spice herbs. Next, I also learned that I could actually substitute it for bay leaves, giving my Filipino ‘adobo’ a curry leaf-flavored twist.