Garden Finds

It rains every day now and the grass grows faster and longer. Such a shame because I could not garden when the grass is wet with rain. I am afraid of mosquitoes and some insects sharing a home with my ornamental  plants and vegetables. Mom planted taro shoots a week ago and they are nicely growing outside.  Every year, the back of the house is always full of ampalaya  ( bitter gourd) occupying our garden trellis permanently fixed with tie wires.  Ampalaya is so easy to grow, it just need enough space to crawl  through. In a month or two, you would be harvesting some for the kitchen.  This morning, I harvested more than a kilo of the bonito variety and every three or four days, it would give you enough to last for a week’s supply. Most of the time though, I share my harvest with our neighbors.

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One thing about organic gardening is that you are assured that the veggies you eat are pesticide-free and you can always have them freshly picked. Aside from using this for our famous Pangasinan pinakbet, one could also mix it with scrambled eggs or as fresh salad.

Tomorrow, it’s time to pick calamansi  and make it into a refreshing juice.  The rewards of gardening!

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About arlene

It's been some years since I started this blog. Supposedly, it was only to share my plight as a cancer patient and survivor but over the years it has somehow evolved into something personal about my life and my family. So really glad to have met you all wonderful people out there. Someone commented once that he liked the title of this blog, Dreams and Escapes. Dream on, there are more things in life than we really think. Be happy, you only live once. Sometimes you also need an escape from the vicissitudes of life and this blog helps me cope. Welcome. Feel free to leave your comments, I do welcome them.

4 responses to “Garden Finds”

  1. Angeline M says :

    Thanks for the follow over on my blog. Nice to meet you here on WordPress.

  2. Maria M says :

    We have grown gourds here in Ireland but they are not a favorite as they tend to ripen all at once and we end up with too much.

    • arlene says :

      Oh, that’s too bad, vegetables like this should be picked before they ripen. I usually give the excess harvest to our neighbors. Thanks for the visit Maria M.

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