Saturday, September 10, 2016
|The only baby worm|
|The veggies I feed the wor|
|too dark to see the rotted down compost|
Of course Bobo had a snappy comeback for this as well. His comment was "even if they sell blood worms, don't you think that the quality will be very bad? That's why when you researched for local sellers of the worm for gardening, versus local seller of the same worm for rearing fish, the price difference was so much different for the same worm?"
Argh. I know I should appreciate that he still accommodated my request and drove me there even if he thought it was a stupid idea. Anyway tomorrow I am going to risk Zika and rummage through my other community garden soil and look for some more fatties.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
#ihavebeenconned. A #Daikon that protrudes out from the earth doesn't mean that it is equally long underground...sigh. #scherbergarten #allotment #communitygardenA photo posted by Gardening Duckie (@meinkleingarten) on
It was super fun to visit, and being a sucker for cute things, I bought way too many cute ornaments that would eventually be stolen from my L-shaped garden.
Friday, March 18, 2016
On the last Saturday of Feb, our community garden threw an event ostensibly to show case our gardening efforts (but actually to whore ourselves for funding). Was totally vindicated in my thinking when everyone avoided the garden tour (granted it was conducted during an extremely murderous noon) and focused on enjoying the buffet lunch and air con in the community hall.
In addition to the programme we had on offer, we also did a giveaway of extra plants we had (brilliant and green idea that Auntie S had), lucky draw on Uncle C's Desert Roses (which are sold very expensive in nurseries) and samples of dishes using our bountiful harvests.
Since I was asked to be one of the three lecturers, I decided to focus on the one plant I could always rely on for success. Basil.
I was really thrown for a loop when I realized that the audience was largely made up of senior citizens. Unlike our ABC who could rely on our outgoing chairman to translate for her, I felt too embarrassed by my years of education to not be bilingual, and used both English and Mandarin for my lecture in a deeply harassed manner. Unlike the other 2, I kept my slides really short and used samples to share the different varieties of basil. I was later very flattered by this elderly lady who asked for one of my samples as reference when she did her nursery shopping. Ooopz should have told I got my red basil, cinnamon basil and lemon basil at Jasons supermarket.
The event was pretty fun even though.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
The past few months have been a nightmare for my garden. Firstly there was the haze, which stretched three months from Sep to Nov, then the welcomed monsoon season, which wrecked the community garden yesterday.
Luckily Mutter and I have the L-shaped drain which the rest of the gardeners filled in. So after the rain stopped, the water drained away quickly for our plot at least. I think it is time to discuss with Mutter how to further reinforce the border beside the drain. Initially we grew portulaca, but that unfortunately died from the combined effects of haze plus monsoon rain.
The only plus side of yesterday's rain was all the snails on my plot drowned. They have been a major pain since the rain started, eating and climbing my stakes to get at my malabar spinach.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Next time i will grow #jicama for only 6 months instead of waiting nearly 8 months. Had some monster sized ones, my mom weighed one. Was 2 kg! #gardeningsingapore #allotment #gardeningA photo posted by Gardening Duckie (@meinkleingarten) on
How tall the plant was:
We often call Bang kuang (also known as 沙葛) as turnip. But after some failed attempts at Googling "turnip" (because the old folks at the #communitygarden wanted to know if its pretty purple flowers and recently emerging seed pods are edible), I found out that its English name is #Jicama. And it turned out that other than the edible tuber, everything else on the jicama plant is poisonous, esp the seeds which contain rotenone. I had to spend my evening cutting down the pods as they take away the plant resources, thus impacting the tuber size... 🐈 Anyway the super yummy tuber is great in stews, salads, braises and is most famous as the filling in #popiah.A photo posted by Gardening Duckie (@meinkleingarten) on