14-Jun – Update

Here’s a quick update on what’s been going on at the edible garden… :)

Dennis & Lydia had a good idea… There are quite a few palm trees around the estate, and there are often large dried leaves lying around. Why not use them as material for our open compost heap? So, we experimented with one. Quite fun actually to systematically break the leaf down into smaller parts… Since then we brought more leaves to add to the heap. Neighbours obviously saw what we were doing, because we found more leaves placed near the open compost – both huge palm leaf ones, and cut garden waste in plastic bags. And we have the landscape workers to thank too!

A palm leaf that is dried and fallen is wonderful material for our open compost heap
A palm leaf that is dried and fallen is wonderful material for our open compost heap
The open compost area is nearly full!
The open compost area is nearly full!

On the fruit side, our winter melons are ripening! There are 6 winter melons hanging off the pergolas, and they have a lot of admirers… One went missing last week, and Mr. Teo who has been growing the winter melons from seed, was quite upset. He seems quite happy to share the winter melons with the rest of the gardening team… that is… provided, none of the other melons go missing! Quite a test of our open garden concept.

Winter melons!
Winter melons!

On the veggie side, our “second generation” cai xin was ready for harvesting! Such a delight to be harvesting green veggies fresh from the garden. The veggies had this perfect appearance, even though they wilt really fast if they are not placed in the fridge right after reaching home! The netting that we bought from Daiso seemed to have done a great job in protecting the veggies, such that they remained OK even with the recent heavy downpours.

Our second batch of cai xin - ready for harvesting
Our second batch of cai xin – ready for harvesting
The harvested veggies
The harvested veggies

Occasionally, we have neighbours who come by to watch the ongoings… :)

Watching & learning :)
Watching & learning :)

Or, simply helping out in their own quiet way. Some donated plants (most mysteriously appear before the weekend sessions). Some bring their own garden sprays to deal with garden pests. “Auntie”, whom I met by chance on a week day afternoon, was busy spraying dish detergent spray on the leaves… She had spotted white flies and other pests in the garden previously, and came armed with her spray every few days to make sure the plants are clear of pests.

Auntie hard at work :)
“Auntie” hard at work :)

Finally, our okra (lady finger) plant has been busy producing fruits… Always so reluctant to pluck them, but if we choose to leave the “ready-to-eat” ones for another week, they become really hard! Decided to harvest 2 to try… Verdict: delightful & pleasantly sweet! 5 out of 5 stars :)

Maybe the sweetness is due to freshness? Or knowledge that the lady fingers (and veggies) come from the edible garden, lovingly tended by different neighbours? I really don’t know. Each bite is just so precious, and so very memorable!

Oh what a delight! Each bite is just so precious :) lady fingers from the edible garden.
Oh what a delight! Each bite is just so precious :) lady fingers from the edible garden.
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