The gardening bug

Posted: August 21, 2014 in Edinburgh
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The gardening bug bit me in early April and this is what I have been trying to grow for the past few months.



coriander seeds sprouting

more coriander sprouts in early May

Chilliย took a long time to show up


meanwhile, mint was growing roots

mint in pots

finally mint is transported to pot


coriander has a growth spurt


and some more


and finally there are the coriander leaves

and look who’s here… after about a month, I see chilli leaves


Coriander flourishes

and more….enough to make chutney!


and it keeps coming more everyday

mint spreads its roots and is scrambling all over inside the pot


pepper plant

some real growth of the chilli plant


this is the latest pic from a few days ago. Chilli has come a long way and soon there will be flowers!























Mint multiplied over summer and its runners were all over the small pot so I had to transfer it to a bigger pot. Now it’s happy and contained in my balcony!

  1. NS says:

    When the first sprout of a seed shows up, it is such an amazing feeling!

    Good you took stage-wise pics of all your plants. Good job!

  2. Bikramjit says:

    awesomeeeee.. i got coriander and raddish and tomatoes growing, and this time i have used only home coriander to garnish and having the raddish for salad .. Sadly the tomatoes are still trying ot Grow.. its the rain too much ๐Ÿ™‚

    The mint looks healthy , one good thing about mint is it does not die off and will continue to grow year in year out ๐Ÿ™‚

    now looking at that makes me want to have a Parantha with butter and Mint chutney ๐Ÿ™‚ yummyliscious

  3. kokilagupta says:

    Great Maddie! Even I am trying to grow mint… after 2 unsuccessful tries, on Monday I will try again… feeling motivated now ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Pepper says:

    I love this. We have a tiny balcony in which we try and grow Mint. It grows rather slowly and the plant looks quite sparse. I’d love to see my Mint blooming the way yours is. Any secret?

    • Maddie says:

      Hi! No secret really. I planted them in some good compost rather than plain soil. It bloomed really well but then mint spreads quickly through its runners underground. Give it plenty of water and sunshine. I had a pest and rust problem few weeks ago and I tried a homemade fertilizer made of crushed garlic, onion, chilli powder, vinegar, oil, turmeric and a drop of dishwashing soap. It smelled terrible but worked well.

      Do share pictures of your mint!

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