Friday, November 02, 2012

Gardening: Latest Update

Hi everyone!

It is yet again another entry in the Jack's Gardening series in this blog. This time, I would like to share with you what has been happening since my last update on the subject.

Without further ado, let's move on to our first subsection.

New Plants

I found some polystyrene cups the other day that were still in good shape. So I collected them, washed them up, filled three quarter of each with soil and I made myself a set of growing cups. Recently I have planted the seeds of eggplant, lady's finger, sunflower, sweet corn, chrysanthemum, groundnut and salad. So far, the ladies finger, sunflower and chrysanthemum have sprouted. Once sprouted, I have to wait until each plant is strong enough before they are transferred into the shaded hut outdoor. Also, I have planted some onions and prepared some fresh papaya seed.

Here are the pictures of them:

Lady's finger sprouts. The front one has formed a pair of leaves while the one at the back is still struggling to escape from the seed cap. 

Sweet Corn. Two of them grow up fine but the other one is showing some funny trend of growth. Not sure what is happening with that one at the right side of the photo. 

Sunflower. Two out of three sprouted healthily while the other one didn't prime at all until today. Once the leaves are out I will have to transfer them outside because these guys need extra sunlight to grow. 

Onions. I planted them indoor for now until they grow roots and shoots. To plant them is rather easy -- just fill the egg shelf with wet soil and plug them each into each pod. Make sure the soil is moist all the time and wait until they grow by themselves. Will have to watch out for predators tho. 

Papaya seeds. All you need to do is to spoon out these tiny and slimy little buggers and dry them under the sun for some time until they are dry enough to be stored without decomposing. Imagine how many trees I can get from these seeds. I have already seeded some of them, so now I'll just wait for them to sprout.

No freaking idea what the hell is this but I have a funny feeling that it is grapefruit. I found it growing quietly at the corner of the shaded hut. Took it out and replaced it in this pot. Let's see how it grows up and I shall update on it from time to time.

Existing Plants

These are the existing plants in my garden. Some of them were damaged from the torrential rain, strong wind, predators and other means of destructive powers, including my foot for I mistakenly thought that it was weed when it really was not, and I stepped on it, killing the seedling in just one step of victorious silliness. Nevertheless,  I present you with what's left of my garden for now.

The spring onion. Out of eight initially, only two survived. They grow pretty much faster now. Look at the size of the one in the picture above. There are two plants there so once mature I will remove one to another hole to get another new spring onion. Or maybe I'll just go to the supermarket and replant them. Let's see how.

The Chinese celery. Out of eight, seven survived. Goon one. There are weeds growing around them so I need to move fast and remove them before they consume the nutrients in the soil intended for the celery. So far the celery grows up fine, so I don't need to worry about them anymore since they are strong enough to live by now.

Remember the mulberry? New leaves have sprouted and it cannot get anymore exciting than this. With ample shade and water, the leaves are growing at a fast rate. It is still in a pot, so once it is strong enough I will have to transfer it into an open ground. This guy can grow up to 6 meters so I better be careful with where I would want to plant it.

Another lady's finger. This one was seeded earlier so it was strong enough to be transferred to the open planting ground. Gotta wait until it grows big enough and produces fruits.

Garden Management

After sometimes, the weeds have taken control of quite a large part of the garden. So I need to remove them before they grow too large and consume the soil nutrients. When you have pulled out the weeds, make sure to leave them under the sun until they dried out to ensure that they are dead. Then you can just throw them into the composting box to make compost. Simple and easy.

Above are the pictures of the soil cover made from dried weeds and compost. The benefits of covering the soils are: 1) to ensure that weed doesn't grow up; 2) to provide the soil with necessary nutrient; and 3) to keep the moisture in the soil to be at a satisfying level. As you can see above, the first picture shows the cover as it is and the second picture is what lies beneath it - moist and almost weedless soil.  I can save up from pesticide, fertilizer and watering costs here. 

I found these cut timber thrown out by some local residence so I took it and constructed an outdoor planting box. The above picture was taken before I fill the box up with soil and the second one was taken after I filled it up with soil, and after a quick downpour late in the evening. Soon I can extend my seeding project outside rather than inside. What I need to do next is to find a shading net to cover the box from direct sunlight. Will do that later and I'll update about it soon.

Well I guess that's all for now! Hope you guys learn something from this post. Till then! 

p/s: I have just received a pack of cabbage seeds. Plant all the seeds!


aishareoils said...

it feels like I'm now reading a journal of Plants vs Zombies (change to Plants vs Predators and Weeds) LOL..but interesting though..I am too in a middle of gardening process..Keeping eye on your plants and maybe I can gain some tips! :D

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

ahaha sure sure :D i'll keep updating. good luck with our hobbies then! hahaahha