Thursday, August 23, 2018

Starting to Grow Strawberries 🍓

My kids love strawberries so I thought of growing strawberries in my garden and hoping to grow more on years to come.

I purchased this strawberry plant last spring and I am so happy that it is starting to produce some fruits. Not only that, it is growing fast and producing new baby plants.

I am having a second thought of planting it directly on the ground or on pots. I have a dog so it has to be a high raise bed. 

It also said that strawberries shouldn’t be planted near vegetables or place where you previously grow vegetables, so I can’t plant them on my vegetable garden. 

Hence, I am  thinking of buying some nice pots for my strawberries to make it look nice to put somewhere in my backyard. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Growing Garlic Indoor Update

As I’ve mentioned on one of my posts, that I am Trying To Grow Garlic Indoor. Here is the update after less than three weeks since I planted the garlic cloves. I am still waiting for about 3 more cloves to sprout.

I am so happy to see some sprouts. I never thought that it will grow because the cloves that I planted were to get spoiled. But anyway, these batch I am planning to bring indoor before winter. I will plant more to grow on my vegetable garden on Fall to leave on winter, and hopefully to harvest more next summer 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Parsley From My Garden

I am running out of dried parsley for cooking so, I harvested some parsley leaves from my garden to dry.

I washed it and hanged it outside for now. I will bring it inside when the water stops dripping and let it completely dry.

I have so many parsley plants on my garden because I thought it’s an annual plant. Parsley is perennial herb plant that dies on the winter and grows back on spring. 

There are different types of parsley but the one that I planted grows 4ft tall. The flowers look nice so I left it. But it started looking bad so I pruned it. I am planning to kill some of the parsley that I planted and leave one to grow. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mosquitos Trapper

This Mosquito Trapper not only looks nice but it also work. I love the fact that not only that it catches mosquitos but it also trap those annoying moths.

At first, I though it was another fake advertisement, but then I realized that there are not much mosquitos to catch inside my house. So I put it outside just beside the sliding door going to my backyard. And yeah!!!! It work!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mango Scent Moisturizer

I purchased this awesome Mango Scent Moisturizer last Saturday at the Vegan Fest we went to at Downtown Toronto.

It’s kinda expensive but it’s very effective in moisturizig my dry hand. One drop is enough and I  can see the effectiveness once my skin absorbs it.

My hand always touches chemicals at work, that’s why I need this kind of Moisturizer.

I don’t think there is a store where you can buy it, but I am happy that my daughter found their online store.

I love it’s mango scent!! They have lavender scent too which is also lovely.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Squash Flowers for Cooking

I actually didn’t know that Squash Flowers can be cook. So I collected some Squash Flowers from my garden to give to a friend.


I don’t know how much are needed for cooking, but for now, I want to give it to my friend and see if this is enough for cooking.

I also took some Squash Tops although I don’t really know which tops of the squash is good.

I just love this new found hobby of Vegetable Gardening 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fruits for Heathier Lifestyle

I feel so unhealthy. My weight keeps going up. No clothes fits on me anymore. I really think it’s time to loose a little weight and feel good when I put on my clothes. Because all I wear are t-shirts and sweat pants.

Not that I want to loose a lot of weight so I can wear sexy clothes, I just think I put on so much weight.

My first focus is to eat at heathy as I can. I am substituting white rice to Quinoa. Avoid too much meat. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

I will always make sure that there are always fruits in my kitchen so when I get hungry, fruits are there to fill me up.

I love mango, so I will definitely be slicing them when I want it. Strawberries are essential but I am not really a fan. I love cantaloupes but it’s so much effort to prepare it. So I slice cantaloupes and strawberries and mix them together. This way, I can just scoop it when I need it .

It will also be easier for kids to eat cantaloupes and strawberries. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Organic Bittermelon From my Garden

What a joy to be able to harvest some vegetables from my vegetable garden. I love Bittermelon, both the fruit and the leaves. And I am so happy to get some of it, fresh from my garden.

There are more leaves to harvest but I will take my time to let it grow for a couple of days. I will be stocking some leaves in my freezer.

I love gardening!!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Collecting Good Butternut Squash Seeds

I love gardening. Its fun to learn how to grow some of my favorite Vegetable in my own backyard.

One of my favorite vegetable that I want to grow in my backyard is Butternut Squash. I want to start it from seeds for next year. So according to my online searching, collecting good butternut seeds is through;

1. Washing the seeds and remove as many flesh as you can. 
2. Then soak it in water for about 3 to 4 days. Good seeds will settle at the bottom. 
3. Separate good from bad seeds.
4. Then dry the good seeds in a baking sheet or foil
5. Store in a cool place

Hmmm..  I think the good seeds are ready to be collected and dry.

So I am drying it using paper towel to absorb some water. I will transfer it to a baking sheet tomorrow and let it dry in the basement.

We will see how it goes for next year’s Gardening adventure . Wish me luck ..

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Messy Vegetable Garden

This is my Messy Vegetable Garden. An obvious garden of inexperience gardener. This is my second year of Vegetable gardening, and it is really a challenge how to grow vegetables while keeping the garden looks neat and tidy.

I made another trellis to hang some of the squash vines that’s growing on the ground,  and it really looks messy still. 

But at least, it cleared up the front pathway,  and it looks better in a distant view .. 🤣

I guess, this is another lesson to keep for next years Gardening. I need a bigger, taller and stronger trellis for my butternut squash. 

I was advice by my friend not to plant butternut squash and just buy it at the store. But I love butternut squash so I will grow it again next year. I just need to create a good trellis to accommodate the space it needs to grow. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Trying To Grow Garlic Indoor

I purchase some Garlic Bulbs about 2 weeks ago. And my mistake is storing  them inside my pantry in a plastic bag. There is no air circulation so some of it got spoiled.

I put few holes on this plastic pink bucket. Then tried collecting good cloves of garlic and plant it in this bucket. I am planning to bring this inside before winter.

 I will see if I still can harvest good garlic in about 10 months from now from this bucket.

For the meantime, I went to my favorite garden store to ask for some good garlic bulbs. They said, they will have them on September which is a perfect time to plant garlic outdoor. In case, they run out of stock for me in September, I will order them online.

I am really serious and excited to grow garlic, both indoor and outdoor. Wish me luck!!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dying Orchids

I like plants in my house, because not only that it looks nice but it also helps clean the indoor air. Plants used to die in my care, until I learned how to care for them through online searching. I am a happy newbie gardener now and having complements from friends for having green thumbs. But one plant keeps dying under my roof, Orchids!! I just don’t know how to keep it alive with flowers.

So this is the latest Orchids I purchased about 2 months ago. The leaves are still there but no flowers. The Flowers survived for only two weeks. So I tried putting it on my kitchen window and follow my friend’s advice to put about 3 to 4 cubes of ice once a week. I am planning to re-pot it with potting mix. I hope it will all work and keep this Orchids alive.

Then this Orchids I had for a years looks dying. It’s been suffering from some kind of sticky white molds. I am not sure but I think it’s some kind of fungus.

The first time I cleaned it, I wiped it with the natural pink solution but it doesn’t seems to work as the sticky white molds came back after few days or most likely, I didn’t cleaned it well.  So I tried cleaning it with Lysol wipes about 3 times already since spring, and it seems to work better than the pink solution natural cleaner.

I cleaned it just about three weeks ago and today, I didn’t see any white molds but the leaves are sticky. I cut the two leaves that is turning yellow. 

I also cleaned the window area where I put this dying Orchids with Lysol wipes, hoping to kill any fungus or bacteria that’s killing my Orchids.

Well, let’s see how it goes. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Beagle Cross Stitch Project

I am disappointed but happy with my Beagle Cross Stitch project. Disappointed because it’s more than 2 months now that I have been working on this project. Why??? Because I am busy Gardening. Not to mention that I am working full time and have a house and family to take care of.

I am happy because I can finally see the face of my Beagle dog. Hahahah!! It’s cute and I can’t wait to see it hanging on my wall. 

Cross stitching is one of my hobby that makes me feel happy. But since it’s summer, Gardening is also my hobby that takes some of my time and energy. That’s why the progress of my Beagle Cross Stitch pattern is very slow.