A Bank of Greens – More Importantly, Our Bank of Greens

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      1. The devil is in the detail.
        The first evening of planting , Adi was second-guessing everything we had got because everyone has different theories of mixing soil and various other mixes. It was a touch alarming to think we had everything wrong. Now time shall deliver the verdict.
        P.S.: All my comments on your blog are vanishing into spam. Though I think I run the danger of repeating myself here. πŸ™‚ x

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  1. Looks like a wonderful start to your urban garden! Can’t wait to see the plump tomatoes when they are ripe. Did I ever mention that I once mistook a tomato plant for cannibis? So much for my knowledge of green things πŸ˜‰ – Neek

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    1. Hey you, how are you both? An urban garden is the answer to idle minds. Pray that we get those juicy beefsteaks which I cannot have enough of with salad.

      Haha, did you now? Mistake tomatoes for cannabis! Well I had no idea that they looked similar. I must go and look it up. πŸ˜› xx

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      1. We’re doing fine! Hope you are also and yes, it was a store for hydroponics and they had just legalized cannabis in California. I thought that the plant in the store window was showing how to grow it but then it started to grow little red things (tomatoes) that Lex pointed out to me. Yes, I am an idiot. BTW, the store has since become a church. Very strange.

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  2. It’s just an amazing feeling to seeing the saplings grow and especially when you harvest . Glad to hear you are enjoying your balcony gardening. The lettuce looks great and so do all the herbs .We did plant some bhindi and beans seeds and other saplings as well and a joy to see them grow.

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    1. Hey Nisha, it is an amazing feeling alright. We had wonder writ large on our faces when we spotted a tiny shoot of radish trying to pop its head through the soil. Thank you. We are excited about what lies around the corner. I would love bhindi! Maybe for next summer we shall keep it in mind. Do they grow well? xx

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      1. How nice , radish would be nice to grow. This is our first attempt with bhindi(okra) seeds Arundhati , will keep you posted .Right now tiny leaves have sprouted and it is nice to see them.

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      2. Ya I’ll be happy even if I get a few for my sambar πŸ™‚ NC weather being hot and humid might help I’m guessing .So far so good here more family time ,gardening,cooking an d walking .Hope you have been okay as well.

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  3. Wow they’re all looking good! I also have herbs in my balcony. And the other day, the gov’t here is encouraging to place lettuces too. Did you have to re-pot the tomato sampling from where you planted the seed?

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    1. Hello there, lovely! Merci. They do look pretty and healthy. Hoping they thrive. It is more for passion’s sake, this kitchen garden, and something to get us out of our heads. But it feels good.

      We did replant the tomatoes which we bought as saplings. Because we were a bit late to get seeds and wait for them to sprout.

      I bet your herbs are keeping your kitchen fragrant. I have sowed some lemon seeds and waiting for them to pop up too. xx

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      1. Hope so. I think it was the radish after all. Lemon seeds take time apparently. :-/ Yes, in some cases early spring is best for planting seeds. Those like radish grow easily so they say seeds are fine to go with. x

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  4. Haha, this reminds me of my recent veggie/herb gardening experience. It’s all a bit overwhelming isn’t it? My parents had green thumbs and produced so much wonderful produce, but I was never inclined that way. I’ve started out simple this yearβ€”just herbs and lettuce. So far so good, but I’m impatient and keep nipping at the basil. You look like you have things under control. Hope you get a good yield.

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    1. It’s certainly all we have on our minds, Caroline. Not a bad thing though. πŸ™‚ So, you are following in your parents’ footsteps eh? Lettuce and herbs sound grand. You possibly cannot go wrong there. And it is your solemn duty to keep plucking the basil for your kitchen. It would feel rather neglected otherwise.

      Thanks C. I do hope it is a fair yield. We have started using the herbs already and it is a dream realised. Sweet and important. x

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  5. The elderly gentleman is correct. Gardening is a process of trial and error. If all else fails, fall back on succulents! Still unable to follow you on WP and I have discovered a similar issue with a couple of other blogs. I have the WP boffins working on the issue.

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    1. Hope they are able resolve it! Mine too says I do not follow bloggers who I see on my feed. The oddities of the business.

      I realise it too as we go about it, Sheree. Now the radishes have just started sprouting and don’t they look darling. We have done the radish dance already. xx

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      1. Tomatoes need sun, which I believe you must have plenty of in the next couple of months at least. You could give them another shot. I will look the other way. xx P.S.: Anyway, the sun is playing hooky here and I am a tad bit disgruntled. x

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  6. This post reminds me of merely an hour ago when I was looking at the flower pots that never bloom, the vanished strawberry plant that has produced nothing this year and the rest of the green mess that is our back garden. S said to me “we need somebody professional to sort this out!”. Nevertheless, it is a blessing to have that outdoor space. Interesting insight into your childhood too – I can only relate to the ice cream and I’d have to swap badminton for football πŸ™‚ .

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    1. Hello hello on this beautiful Sunday of fresh cool air and bright sunshine. Just watered our plants and fixed them up with some plant lights which we think are a bit dodgy. They are for indoor plants, which we are experimenting with outdoors! It looks all too sci-fi now.

      I think you guys will figure it out. What about replanting those that haven’t shown up?

      I bet it would be football for you. πŸ™‚ I had sessions of cricket thrown in when the cousins visited. On one of which a duce ball smacked me hard in the face too. Cheers.

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      1. Fresh warm air and sunshine here, as it has been for some time. I don’t think we have green fingers, but will do some watering a little later while we still can. Our local reservoirs are half empty already!

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    1. Hello V! Gracias. We have started snipping off the herbs already for garnishes. It is like being asked to choose between your children. πŸ˜› But I am eager for the lavender to bush up and for the lemon to sprout. The rest are flourishing and the cherry tomatoes have flowered too. Watching them keenly. xx

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    1. You have a good memory, Brianji. We do. Making way for fresh herbs to wash over our senses. Thank you for the comment and a thousand apologies for the delayed response. I have been hopelessly tardy at blogging. Hope you have been alright. Cheers!

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      1. No worry ma’amji. Time has been suspended worldwide for the past 4 months… πŸ˜‰
        Two important things right now: Health, and keeping one’s job/source of income…
        πŸ™πŸ»

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      2. LOL. Almost chatting. Yes, without being more materialistic than I am, income right now, can be preoccupying. The number of people out of a job worldwide is staggering. Stay safe in that too.

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      3. The labourers have had a hard time of it. Affairs have been managed so poorly by the govt. My mother has been keeping me updated about the awful proceedings. And it has been troubling enough. I cannot bear to share photos on social media of food and gloat over what I cooked or baked. Reality is harsh, Brianji.

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      4. It is. Zaroor. (Applies here?). You can always skip the food part. The rest is not your fault or responsability. It does confirm what I gather from all my friends (dost, dosti?) across the world: the total incompetence and cynicism of our “rulers”. Something will have to be done about it.

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