From my backyard…

A  long time since I shared pictures from my backyard…it has been months of sheer toil and hard work  and patience that have yielded these results….finally….I have for myself and of course, my neighbours  too…

Juicy green cabbages

and 115 Yet to ripen tomatoes aplentyand 119 and 120Aubergines..

and 114My favorite cauliflowers

kumbh 042kumbh 041Last but not the least,first time ever I tried beetroots and waited seemed forever before I got a sizeable one today.

and 116I hope you love these as much as I loved putting it together for you.Wishing you all a Blessed Easter!

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Spring Blossoms

It is that time of the year  again, which is a joy to every gardener….Spring. I feel truly blessed when I walk out every morning and sit with my morning cup of tea on my garden chair and admire the beauty all around me.Believe me…Its a heavenly feeling.I wish Spring would last forever.And it is this joy which I would like to share with all of you.I know you will also agree with me once you see these beauties.The fruits …or rather.. the flowers of my labour.

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Bringing joy..

Had been waiting for this Lilium to bloom since a long time.Woke up this morning and saw it in full bloom.Hope this is my lucky day ,especially for Perk who has her final Mathematics paper today and she dreads it.I wish God be with her today and always.this one is for you,Perk!

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My Green Thumb

I cannot tell how and when I fell in love with gardening ..but today it is a passion.It is as much a part of my housekeeping as my living room or my kitchen.I keep adding and removing features and accessories from the garden just like I  change  my  cushion covers or bedsheets.Funny…but once you are into becomes a passion.

A quick peep into my garden and the choicest flowers that I’ve had over the past two years.

garden 111The lovely petunias……I plant these in several pots..first because they come in a variety of colour combinations and second, they last till April.

This is how the garden looks in winters when it is in full bloom.the pots have been kept on a raised platform outside the main garden area .i made this area myself by using broken tiles.

antara 007antara 015The Crysanthemums…

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holi 114The toad guarding the ice-plant

kumbh 053 Do you like what you see?I have a lot more to share..that is on the other veggie patch.Maybe,next time.Till then enjoy…and a happy Valentines to all.

In my Kitchen Garden..

Its chilly,biting cold in these parts again.One is mostly confined indoors and with the kids’ schools also having closed down,its an effort keeping them busy.Meanwhile, this is the best time of the year for the garden and this time too,our efforts have borne the desired results,despite all odds(specially the porcupine attack). Here are some pictures of the kitchen garden…

Fresh green lettuce

Fresh green lettuce

Yet to ripen tomatoes

Yet to ripen tomatoes

Juicy radishes

Juicy radishes



The cabbage and cauliflower plants

The cabbage and cauliflower plants which suffered the most as the porcupine had eaten up most of the saplings



And this comes right into my kitchen.

And this comes right into my kitchen from the backyard

Raining Cats and Dogs..

Its been raining incessantly since the last two days…This morning also ,the sky was all cloudy and the rain showed no sign of relenting.I read in the morning newspaper that this kind of rainfall was abnormal in the city at this time of the year.I switched on the computer to put up my FB message and lo and behold…..a loud CRASHhh.The system is right next to my bedroom window and I saw a huge Banyan tree on the other side of the boundary wall come crashing down into my garden breaking all barriers and taking the wall, fence,pots et all..I shrieked in horror expecting the tree to probably break the windows and the walls.IT was that huge.In an instant ,all the neighbours,umbrellas in hand, had gathered to assess the extent of the damage despite the pouring rains.I am yet to realise the actual damage done to my garden but my view of the rains has been blocked by the fallen tree.

Peter,Peter…Pumpkin Eater

Its time for yet another post on the developments in the backyard.The kitchen garden is overflowing with gorgeous, yellow blooms of the pumpkin.And this week we even had the pleasure of cooking the first pumpkin of the season.

The gorgeous flower

The first fruit

Isn’t that gorgeous?It tasted even better.Now,for the sad part…there are some porcupines around my garden who inspite of my best efforts are devouring the juicy pumpkins and not letting them grow.So these Pumpkin Eaters are playing spoilsport at the moment.Any ideas on how to keep them away,friends?

My Green Thumb

I love my garden……and the pride and satisfaction each little bloom and each vegetable plucked brings is tremendous .When I feel stressed out and tired,I go and spend some time in the garden and come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.This summer has been specially fruitful as far as the vegetable patch goes.In a previous post I had shared  the pictures of the juicy tomatoes from the kitchen garden.Another success story has been the onions.Planted in November,I uprooted them last week and was amazed at the quality as well as the quantity.

The onion harvest

Then rather surprisingly the bitter gourd grew really fast and yields nearly half a kilo everyday. Have a look!

The ridge gourd and the ladyfinger is also not far behind.

And some nice,healthy brinjals..

And only today I discovered a bottle gourd fruit..

Howz that ? A small step towards saving the Earth and environment.Vegetables in the backyard means healthy food for the family,no transportation costs to buy veggies,no packaging required….. my way of Going Green.