Hey, thanks for having a look at my post. This one's an entry in the May edition of the Hive Community Garden Journal Challenge. @simplymike started this great event. Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave any comments at the end. So let's get going to my post.
Space is a relative word
In Asia, people generally have and need less physical **space **then in the "West". I've never been one that demanded so much physical space having grown up on sailboats and having an older brother crowding my style. "Cramped" spaces are well known to me. Less is better. When gardening, I decided to try to do more with less. Planning isn't my greatest attribute, so rather than make rows and a map of my plantings, I decided to randomly seed and see what comes up. Curious surprises abound and disappointments lessen when you **forget **what you've planted.
Curious surprises abound
I try to live a "no expectations, no disappointments" lifestyle, so why should my gardening techniques differ? Throw some seeds in different areas and see what grows... So the question begs... What did you plant and what grew? I don't know what I planted (refer to the selective memory aforementioned) but I do know what is growing... mostly. Mostly because this is the tropics and random things start growing in your garden from unknown sources. Could be birds or more likely the squirrels living in the bamboo trees nearby.
What has grown?
- Papaya (lots)
- Watermelon (everywhere)
- Spinach (a bit)
- Ginger (coming along well)
- Mango (Everywhere from compost)
- Tamarind (Everywhere from squirrels)
Let's have a look at each type of plant.
This is the most mature papaya plant in the center of the bunch. The more narrow mature leaves just sprouted. They've all grown bunched up together as I just threw seeds down not knowing if they'd grow. I've been transplanting methodically as not to disrupt the balance too drastically.
These are a few of the seedlings that I recently transplanted. They look likely to continue growing. I've found the shorter seedlings do better than the tall ones as the taller ones tend to suffer from a lack of stem strength during the transplant shock time. I've made triangles of various rocks laying around the area to help provide some stability and protect from chickens (hopefully). Some previous transplants were destroyed by chickens. Under the rocks I've put a bit of compost to help with the growth process.
The watermelon is growing happily everywhere inside and outside of the garden barriers. Up, as well as on virtually every plant it can manage to attach itself. One day we'll have watermelons, hopefully. Until then we do have lots of watermelon vines ;)
The spinach is one I forgot about planting. The leaves started to pop out and when I checked them out indeed spinach is coming. The leaves are not large but are growing steadily. Looking forward to eating soon.
I just love ginger. Normally I buy in the market one kilo every so often and make my own ginger powder. I'm looking forward to the day the ginger comes from the garden.
I eat mangoes almost every day from the market with sticky rice and coconut milk. So very tasty! The seeds go in the compost pile and somehow end up in the garden... Squirrels maybe? Regardless they grow quickly and only take 10 years or so to fruit ;) I'll transplant them to a larger piece of land down the road along with the tamarind which you'll find below.
We have a rather massive tamarind tree near the garden and the squirrels love to eat the fruit. Somehow the seeds end up in the garden as well as everywhere in the area. They sprout up quite easily. Let's hope the rest of the plants do the same!
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed my post.
Inspired to do some gardening yourself? The time is coming soon! This one is still in progress but the pleasure of watching plants grow has already happened. Never too late to start a garden in any sort of space. Stay tuned for more posts!
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