A Visit to a Foreign Vegetable Patch

I went away again last weekend, to visit my friend who came to Singapore about 6 weeks ago to visit my school. It was so-o-o-o-o good to see her again! We played like mad dogs together! I even went to her school in Jakarta for a visit! They had 2 big kangkong beds. Here’s one. Everyone planted their own little bit of the bed. Then they put a stick with a signpost with their name on it.

See the black blobs? Guess what they are???

Visit to the Novice Gardener’s Garden

Following from my visit to the Curious Gardener’s wonderful garden, today I finally managed to have some time in the Novice Gardener’s garden! This is what I did:

1. I admired the mulberry bush in the front garden which had a real, black mulberry on it. Imagine, that is the bush she keeps for the BIRDS! There is a human bush at the back. I don’t have a photo of the mulberry because I ate it with Mummy.

2. I admired her pumpkin vines which were all growing in 2 straight lines. Just like my class when we have to move from place to place.

3. Then I admired her pumpkins. There was the kaboucha (left) and a shy local pumpkin (right) and another local pumpkin, sunbathing itself (bottom):

4. Then I noticed Mummy was twitching and green so I looked at other plants like the peanuts. I forgot macro so the photo isn’t very nice, so I won’t post it. I also looked at her purple round eggplant that she kindly offered to let me harvest and bring home (Mummy said not to be greedy, so I didn’t), and then her mimi kangkong. It was a bit odd because she grew mimi on one side of the pot and not-mimi on the other. Her cotton plants have been attacked by mealy bugs. I wonder why?

5. I also admired her beautiful new wintermelon which has a proper wintermelon shape. Novice Gardener said it looked like her figure, so Mummy asked why ours did not look like Mummy’s figure but instead looks like The Big Sister and I. We look like lollipops.

6. Then as a special treat, I got to harvest the biggest local pumpkin! And Novice Gardener gave me some red okra seeds and a bunch of bananas for Mummy to make banana chiffon with! And a massive bunch of Thai basil which smelled very good in the car.

The only sad things about the visit were that Novice Gardener’s nephew was sleeping and couldn’t play (she tried to wake him but he was grouchy) and I got bitten by mosquitoes on my forehead and nose. Otherwise it was a Wonderful Time! Thank you, Novice Gardener!

Now THIS is Mimi

Novice Gardener followed the advice from the old uncle at Ban Lee Huat (through Mummy) and grew her green leafies close together. She posted about it – look at her photos.

Mimi means very close and thick together in Chinese. When I plant things mimi, this is what I mean.

On the right, Mimi Chye Sim and Mimi Kailan:

Then below, we have Mimi Kangkong:



I will have to thin out the mimi chye sim and mimi kailan. They are TOO mimi.

Harvesting Kangkong for Dinner

This is my kangkong when it was still growing in its trough. Doesn’t it look green and bushy? I am parting the stems to see where to chop them off! It took about 2-3 weeks to grow from seed, but we gave it a lot of seaweed, humus and worm castings to make sure it grew FAST.

This is my kangkong after being harvested. We fried the kangkong with garlic and sliced chilly. It was juicy and tender when we ate it! We finished it all!!! But we did have Godma and my Pediatrician to help us eat.

We are keeping one stalk because we want to see it flower. Mummy says the flower looks like a morning glory but is white not purple. I want to see if that is true.

Welcome to my Blog!

Dear readers of my blog,

Thank you for dropping by! This is my first post. I hope this blog will be interesting for you. Gardening is very interesting to me, much more interesting than homework. Please comment if you would like to, but Mummy will check it before it is posted.

This is my first harvest – kangkong! This was the bunch I sent to Godma. She refused to eat it because she said it felt like committing infanticide (that means killing babies).

Bye for now, from the Weed.