The brief showers during the summer did wonders to my terrace garden. Here’s a sneak peek into what’s growing in my garden now.
The whole inventory:
Tomato – 5
Okra – 2, 1 guava, 3 tomato plants, 2 okra,
Bottle gourd – 1
Beans -4 (just planted), 1 guava, 3 tomato plants, 2 okra,
Drumstick – 1 (not yet flowering)
Radish – about 8 of them
Coriander – 1 sqft by 1 sq ft patch
Methi – 1 sqft. by 1 sqft. patch
Basil – 2
Lemon grass – 1
Brahmi – 1
Betel – 1
Ajwain – 1
Curry leaves – 2
Guava, Banana, Papaya, Pomegranate, Mango, Orange, Pomelo, Lemon – all 1 each
Apart from these I have a bunch of low maintenance flowering plants such as plumeria, hibiscus, three varieties of jasmine, and a couple others whose common/botanical names I’m not sure of.
I have good yield from chilli, spinach, pomegranate, and all the herbs. Okra, cherry tomatoes, and beans have given decent yield – not great. The seeds are a combination of what I got from the horticulture department, some from a shop in my hometown, Namdhari’s and Omaxe. I have not kept track of which sources have given the best yield but intend to do so from now on. I got lucky for the first time with coriander with a bountiful yield, otherwise, the yield was always sparse. I did not use the seeds at home this time but got it from a seed vendor. I did not soak the seeds but just spew them on the ground.
The herbs come in handy when someone in the family has a cold. I brew a strong concoction made of garlic bulbs (grows along the edges of all pots as it helps in containing pests), basil leaves, tulsi, betel leaves, ajwain, ginger and lemon grass. Add a dash of honey to the concoction and have to two times a day to keep cold at bay.
The fruit plants are barely a year old so I’m assuming they will take time. The feed is a combination of dried cow dung and organic manure wherever I get. I don’t stick to any particular source and am always on the hunt for good plant food. I have not started composting yet.
What’s growing in your garden now?