Friday, May 30, 2014

Okra Gumbo Ladies Finger Bhindi - Growing Guide and Recipe

Hello friends! In today's video we will see how to grow and harvest okra!

Happy Gardening!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

How to grow Taro Root in your garden

Taro - A plant well known for its delicious nutty roots (corms/tubers) is easy to grow and tastes excellent!

Taro Plant

 In this video, you will see how to grow Taro Root, how to fertilize it, how to harvest it:

Fun Fact: 

Taro Root known by different names such as:

  • Cocoyam
  • Dasheen
  • Arbi
  • Arvi
  • Colocasia
  • Satoimo
  • Gabi
  • Mukhi kochu
  • Inhame 
  •  芋头 
  •  芋艿 
  • 芋頭,
  • Yùtou 
  • Tiquisque 
  • Tiquizque
  • Arrow root
  • Nduma 
  • Kolkas 
  • Kolokasi 
  • ñame 
  • Kasu
  • Ghandyali 
  • Chembu-kizhangu
  • Cheppankilangu
  • Saru
  • Kilkass
  • Pindalu 
  • Toran 
  • Aroei 
  • Pheuak
  • Chino
 Hope you liked this post! Do leave your comments and suggestions! Happy Gardening!! 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Easily grow Sweet Potatoes in Containers - Tips & Harvest

In today's blog post we will see how to easily grow Sweet Potatoes in Containers.

Growing Sweet Potatoes in Containers

What you need

  •  Sweet potato slips (Grocery bough sweet potatoes do just fine)
  • A glass half filled with water
  • Container - preferably 16'' or wider
  • Compost or potting mix


This video goes over the technique in detail:


Sweet potatoes are very easy to grow. They need to be propagated from slips. Grocery stores sometimes might use growth inhibitors so its best to get them from the local farmer's market. They need a fertilizer low in Nitrogen like Rock Phosphate. Water consistently and you will have a great harvest within a few months!

Happy gardening!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Curry Leaft Plant (Murraya Koenigii) - From Seed to Tree - The complete guide to growing this spice/herb in your back yard

Murraya Koenigii is an aromatic, spice/herb which you can easily grow in your home garden. A common spice used in Indian dishes, this aromatic herb will add a lot of flavor to your cooking!

Curry Leaf Plant
Curry Leaf Tree

There are several ways to propagate the Curry. The most common method is via seeds. Watch the video below to learn and understand how to grow curry leaf trees from seeds:

Curry Leaf Tree needs to be fertilized during the growing season (Spring thru Fall). This is usually between March and September. Every month, feed a balanced fertilizer or a Nitrogen rich fertilizer to curry leaf plants.

The only insects which attack curry leaf plants are scale insects. They appear on the stems and leaves of the plants as waxy oval deposits. Its easy to get rid of them, just use 91% iso-propyl alcohol which you can buy at any drug store/pharmacy and use a cotton swab, dip it in the alcohol and clean and remove the scales. The scale insects will die when you rub alcohol on them. It also helps clean up the plant.

Hope you liked this post and hope you grow some wonderful, aromatic curry leaf plants in your back yard!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Growing Giant Vegetables - Size vs Taste

If you ever went to the grocery store and wondered at the size of the onions, cabbage or jalapenos, you might have thought...Hmm...Can I grow these huge vegetables at home?

Yes you can, these larger-than-usual sized vegetables are called Giant Varieties. Its easy to grow them, however they do require more water and fertilizing compared to their smaller counterparts.

Some of you might have a misconception that giant vegetables are GMOs - that's entirely wrong. Giant vegetables are hybrids but not GMOs. Farmers have been growing hybrid vegetable varieties for years now. GMO seeds are created by biotech companies which results in plants that can withstand herbicides, be planted extremely close and still yield as well etc. Hybrids are entirely different seeds, bred for maximum benefits like size, taste, etc.

So watch this video to learn more about how to grow Giant Vegetables like Giant Cabbage and Giant Jalapenos:

Remember that there is definitely one  trade off of growing giant vegetables: with size, you give up on taste. So what is more important to you? Be your own judge! But do give it a shot and grow some giant vegetables in your back yard - you will be pleasantly surprised!

Happy Gardening!!