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 →

“Move Earth” Says the Chinese Almanac

The Chinese Almanac, which our agricultural ancestors had use throughout the last two thousand years to give advice about planting, has indicated the last two days would be auspicious days for “moving earth” and “start trading”. It’s so happened that these are the wettest days of the month, up to 95% humidity, and you can... Continue Reading →

Zucchini Flower Opens Today

The seed for this plant was sewn on 3 December last year in a propagator. Each pod was filled by perlit in the base about 1 cm high and then filled up with scientific compose I bought from the Flower Market. The seedling popped up about 1 week later and by early January it was... Continue Reading →

Waiting for the seedling to grow up in my edible garden

The seeds I have sewn in the CNY had mostly sprouted, except with the big ones like nasturtian and snow peas. The small and mid size seed were the first pop their heads, and then the fine seeds like chamomile also formed root and first leaves. I have also made a couple of boxes for... Continue Reading →

Waiting for the seedling to grow up in my edible garden

The seeds I have sewn in the CNY had mostly sprouted, except with the big ones like nasturtian and snow peas. The small and mid size seed were the first pop their heads, and then the fine seeds like chamomile also formed root and first leaves. I have also made a couple of boxes for... Continue Reading →

Planting for the new year

On Tuesday, I planted a dozen of seeds for flowers and food in the seed tray, using only perlite and because the temperature was in the single digit I decided to keep the tray indoor and covered with plastic lid. Today the air has warmed up to mid teens and sun had came through so I... Continue Reading →

Sustainable Growing and Consuming of Local Produce

The seed of what is happening has been germinating for quite a while ... and I don't mean for plants. It's about a resource book for the home gardeners on growing herbs and vegetables for Hong Kong and Macau region. I have been reseraching for books in the library on topics of vegetible and herbs growing for the... Continue Reading →

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