Some Flourish One Survived Others Die

Sadly, the squash plants on the right had mostly died off except one that is still surviving. The leaves were never really showing the potential, but I thought by transplanting into the aquaponic boxes they might grow better. Instead they died. I pulled the dead plants up and observed that the roots had not grown and the... Continue Reading →

The Summer of Plenty

The warm weather is finally here to stay, perhaps a bit of understatement at that, and the temperature is well up there near the top of twenties Celsius. The entire garden is rejoicing with tremendous growth. In one week the grape-vine has grown 12 inches; the bitter gourd which had sprouted but with marginal growth... Continue Reading →

Water Water Cried the Lettuce

Remember the last complain about high humidity and fog? They are no more. In the past week, it has been 70% and temperature of 18-22C. Perfect weather for growing, and no doubt the lettuces and beans etc are all enjoying it. Instead of taking up about a liter of water per week the plants have... Continue Reading →

Sunshine, Oh So Brief!

I have not blogged for a couple of weeks, because, it was such horrible weather - rainy patches and cloudy sky for almost everyday - since my last post. Was it that the weather that made the plants so depressed or the people so unenergetic? Anyway, yesterday was full of sunshine and warmth, the whole day... Continue Reading →

This site was launched this morning, and I have been receiving some very good comments already. Thank you so much to all of you that have taken the time to comment to make my blog better. My growing have been going on for quite a while now and although my squash plants had never gotten any pollination... Continue Reading →

Launch of New Site

Today is the launch of this new site for the slow food and slow farming experience. I call this my "Really Slow Cottage" experience. In the recent issue of Sai Kung Magazine a reader was fretting that there isn't much written material available in Hong Kong for growing and gardening that takes into consideration of the... Continue Reading →

Frost Bite Basil Plant

The weather has finally let up today. In the last few days it had been raining, fog covered and with temperature in the mid-teen, which I hardly think was frosty conditions. I did not get out and check the seedlings for three days, particularly I was travelling to Macau for Thursday and Friday, and yesterday it was so... Continue Reading →

Cruelty to Caterpillars

This morning, when I was getting ready to go to Macau I went around my garden and say good-bye to the troops. Despite the humid weather and constant rain the green off springs of the butterflies were at work. "Were," is the correct word to use as when I have spotted them I had to do the right thing... Continue Reading →

Backyard Garden Against Nature

As I was writing about the weather in my last post, the extreme wet humidity in the last week, and then the wetness went away with humidity dropped to 70%, but temperature also dropped from 19C to 12C. What can I do? Nothing! One has to live with nature, that may be why our ancestors consult the Almanac... Continue Reading →

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