Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Container Gardening - Herbs, Chili, Watercress

At almost the same time August last year, there was a variety of tomato plants and vegetables e.g. kale and Swiss chard growing in our backyard. After a year, some minor changes have taken place and this is the current garden update.

Due to the lack of full sun for long duration especially at the raised bed location, we have cut down on the growing of leafy green vegetables this year, and shifted our growing efforts to container gardening: fruits such as blueberries and pomegranates, vegetable/fruits e.g. watercress, different types of chili, and herbs such as basil, rosemary and thyme.

Herbs - basil, rosemary, thyme

These basil, rosemary, thyme are not grown from seeds, but bought as potted herbs from the nursery. They have survived and flourished. Herbs such as basil and rosemary have also been propagated successfully via stem cuttings.

For all of our chili plants, we have caged them as what you would do to a tomato plant, and have netted around the cage to prevent birds from eating the chili. The use of a reflective pinwheel also works to minimize pests and to prevent birds from eating the chili.

Thai Dragon Chili - bought as a plant from the nursery without fruits. It is now fruiting nicely and some chili have turned red with time.

Dragon Chili


Thai (Bird's Eye) Chili - grown from stem cuttings and after a year, it has flowered and fruit.
 
Thai Chili 

Serrano Chili - similar to Dragon Chili, this was bought as a plant from the nursery without fruits. It is also fruiting nicely and some have turned red with time.
 
Serrano Chili 

Chinese watercress 西洋菜 - grown from stem cuttings and rooting grocery-bought watercress. They are doing okay up till now.
 
Chinese watercress

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