The gardening bug

The gardening bug bit me in early April and this is what I have been trying to grow for the past few months.

coriander

plants

coriander seeds sprouting

more coriander sprouts in early May

ChilliΒ 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

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!

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10 responses to “The gardening bug

  1. NS August 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    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!

    • Maddie August 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

      I know it’s a great feeling….looks like a miracle!

  2. Bikramjit August 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

    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 πŸ™‚

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

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

    • Maddie August 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Oh how lovely! Did you take any photos?? This summer has been my first attempt so I went with the plants that were sure to grow in this British weather. Tomatoes are difficult, you must know when to water them and when to hold it off. I did make mint chutney and it was delicious if I may say so πŸ˜€

      • Bikramjit August 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

        Hope you going to send some to me tooooo

        • Maddie August 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

          Definitely! πŸ™‚

  3. kokilagupta August 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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

    • Maddie August 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Great! All the best. Don’t forget to put the mint in water first until they grow roots and then plant it! Take photos πŸ™‚

  4. Pepper August 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

    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 August 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

      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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