Saturday, November 26, 2011

Surfing Seeds

For a long time things had been sedate and the tits and bits which went on in the garden were not enough to stimulate me to write about them. Thankfully, there has been something different, something to cheer about and something to look forward to. I chanced across a website selling seeds and decided to try it. These concepts, though quite in vogue in other parts of the planet, are relatively new to India. I made a generous order of seeds (by my standards), and was thrilled to receive the neatly packaged courier. The seeds were sown around 15 days back and the best part is that the germination has been an astounding 90%.Internet and Satellite television have really taken the pain of being cut off from the modern way of life away from living in a small town, although, thankfully, the peace and tranquility hasn't been much affected. A few months back I couldn't grow Broccoli because of non availability of the seeds. Broccooli, although a wonderfully nutritious vegetable is remarkably absent from Indian culture and cuisine. It was perchance that a nursery had brought Broccoli seedlings a few years back and I had the unexpected pleasure of reaping the rewards of a Broccoli crop. But on finding very few takers in the town, he didn’t bring it again, leaving me cursing the town I live in. Thankfully now things have changed a lot. It is a sea change from the times when one, while on travel to distant places, used to scout for seeds and saplings; but now at the flick of a finger you can order what you want through the internet - though money still remains a basic necessity:-) The weather is excellent and besides the newly acquired seeds the older vegetables and fruits too are thriving like these Brinjals which have been aplenty, Some bitterness to add to the flavor... Salad is ready...
Pure, Carbide free, fully homegrown Bananas are waiting for harvest... and....when life gives you Lemons - collect them:-)

57 comments:

Nicole said...

Those seeds must have been a thrilling find. I am also going to plant out new seeds when I get home in a week.

I also have nice organic fruits and veggies now-passion fruit, pumpkins and plantains. My banana plants haven't given me fruit yet but hopefully they will in the new year.

lotusleaf said...

Nice to see your post after a long time. I am also thinking of ordering seeds from your source. Thanks for the info.

Green thumb said...

Nicole - Thanks for the comment dear Nicole. It means so much to find a blogger friend reading your post even though the post came after a pretty long time.

Lotusleaf - Thanks Padma. It is always a thrill to have you comment on my post.
I think I should mail the people at this seed store and ask for a discount on my next order;-)

sangeeta said...

I am so thrilled to see these many seeds :) I sowed some flowers and herbs and they didn't germinate...i am so frustrated as it doesn't seems to be something wrong in soil PH as the dill, coriander and spinach germinated well. Waiting to get some seedlings. It's always nice to see your garden updates.

Julie said...

Congrats on all your little seedlings! Exciting...especially that broccoli. It tastes so fresh compared to store bought...I like to grow it, but it takes space to grow enough...oh.. and do successive plantings of it as well, so you can have a stalk ready as often as you need throughout the whole season. Your daughter will enjoy that so much!

I got one plant (already started) of Gretel Eggplant, and it was fun to see your plant there with clusters of them hanging down...mine is supposed to be like that, except mine are white. I can hardly wait to see them. It has a first flower right now!!!

Have a lot of fun with your new babies!!!

Julie

Green thumb said...

Sangeeta - Hi Sangeeta, welcome to Indiagarden. I hope you get your seedlings pretty soon; sometimes there is nothing wrong with anything, it is just the lady luck.

Julie - Thank you so much. I am not sure if she (my daughter) will enjoy the Broccoli but she definitely enjoys reading you comments and watching your, oh so lovely, Grandchildren in your blog:-)

islandgal246 said...

Hey Green Thumb, I have become a collector of seeds and they have filled up half of my crisper drawer in the fridge. I ordered some multicoloured carrots and some multicoloured swiss chard. I am reaping the swiss chard. The carrots are small but it is time to harvest them. Mangoes are now ready to eat my second crop for the year. It is a great feeling harvesting ones own.

varsha said...

love this ! these days I am watching SE Asian cuisine shows on TV and the thought of putting fresh turmeric and pandan leaves excites me.
My seedlings though do not germinate beautifully - do you need to prepare a special soil ?

Green thumb said...

islandgal246 - Dear Helen, wow! what a wonderful time you are having and, oh yes, nothing beats harvesting your own crop.

Varsha - Dear Varsha, thanks for the visit.
Well, the soil should not be clayey, it should be loose; preferably mixed with compost and some sand...hopefully, that should do the magic.

Claude said...

so nice to see your garden... mine here is unfortunately winding down for the season, not that I had much of one this year. I've never grown brocoli...

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Seema said...

Nice read and good to get connected to Indian gardening blogs... I also have a small patch and try to grow my veggies on my terrace in pots..
do let me know about the website selling seeds. I also write about my experiences in gardening at http://esvasa-organicfood.blogspot.com/
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Matron said...

Fantastic!

gardenerat60 said...

Lovely seedlings, and plants.
Is the seed company based in India?
I would like to use that facility.

Thanks.

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Green World said...

Wow, these are stunningly beautiful pictures on your site. We live in Canada and its horribly cold here now - so jeaulous! Linda

Nature Rambles said...

Just stopped by to wish you a very Happy New Year! Lovely produce in your garden...may all your seeds do really well!:)

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Hi.. love your blog... I live in kanpur... I am very new to gardening and just planning to start a small vegetable garden in my house... could you suggest which veggies should I start from? Something that requires less sunlight as our garden is at a weird angle and does not get more than 4-5 hours of sunlight...

KL said...

Your lemon, karela and brinjals look so beautiful. What are those green salads? Very nice blog.

hrodriguezlarry said...

Your garden is a place where you would definitely like to grow something wonderful. After all, it is your realm, your lair. You deserve to grow anything you feel like without feeling guilty or hesitant. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, anything you feel like deserves to thrive in your garden.
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I love your vegetable garden. It was indeed a very practical idea to have one. Great job!

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what a nice vegetable garden...
i'm starting my own veggies garden, i love to see them grow

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Mona Rathour said...
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Mona Rathour said...

You have quite a lot growing out there! It's amazing! To imagine ALL OF THIS that you have put together in Saharanpur... AWESOME!
I just started putting in a little extra time with the plants at our place in Kolkata and needless to say I am getting addicted! Check out some of them on my blog here:
http://monarathour.blogspot.in/2012/04/lazy-sunday-post.html
I added a whole new collection after this one. At this rate my mom will probably kill me soon enough. Lol...

Devika Bharadwaj said...

You have a beautiful garden! I wish had the same amount of space as you do.
I found your blog while trying to find names of plants that I have in my garden. Please have a look and help out with the names if you can!

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Layanee said...

I would send you broccoli seeds if you need them and your post is reliable. I would. Let me know.

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Being in a garden is therapeutic.And i can imagine the joys and purity one would be subject to, if he stands in yours.

90% germination is a good figure. I think i might give this website a try.

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