I have already shared in Part I & Part II about the lil’ garden I am nurturing in the balcony of my apartment. Last November, I was in a shop to buy some flower pots. In the counter, I saw some neatly arranged packets of various types of vegetable seeds. And almost instantly, I got the idea to do a vegetable patch, but in a flower pot. I went ahead and brought three varieties of seeds – coriander, spinach & French beans.
Now that I had a variety of seeds in my stock, I started looking for a rectangular shaped pot to start my vegetable patch. After searching a lot, I finally found the pot I wanted and brought it home. With the help of the security guys of my apartment, I filled the pot with soil (not very good quality but used it anyways) and placed it in my balcony. After taking advice from my father, I soaked the seeds overnight and next morning sowed them in the tub with a lot of enthusiasm. With the 1st leg of the process done, the difficult part of waiting began. I checked the pot every morning, if any sprouts have appeared over the night. At one time, I thought they will never come because I might have done something wrong or maybe the soil was not good enough. My sister, who lives with me, asked me to have patience. Also, I had no other choice other than waiting.
But then one morning this is what I saw –
I was overjoyed and started clicking pictures to record the moment. My joy knew no bounds and I shared the happy news with almost everyone. 🙂 This was the first time when I had successfully nurtured a plant from the very beginning. Every day the plants grew bit by bit and every morning I smiled at them.
Soon I had a pot-ful of green veggies. I did not even feel like harvesting them because I wanted them to look like that forever.
However, one Sunday, I finally harvested the 1st lot – spinach & coriander and made a salad out of it, along with freshly chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger & green chillies. Freshly plucked veggies, that too from my own balcony added much more to the flavour and both I and my sister relished every bit of it with our Sunday lunch.
As for the French bean plants growing along with them, here are a few pics. I had planted only a few seeds and so only few beans grew. And I don’t have the heart to pluck the beauties and so they are still on the plant, very much intact, in their branches! 😛
I loved doing my veggie patch this season and will definitely do more in the next season. 🙂
So guys, what do you think of my veggie patch? Do you grow vegetables at home? Do share your tips if you have any.