Viewing Lily_love's Garden Diary: Vegetables and Herbs (seeds).
Friday, January 11, 2008
Oriental herbs ect.Oriental Basil (Thai Basil);
Oriental Basil grows very well in various climates. Green leaves & purple stems have stronger aromatic flavor than that of Western Basil. Sow seeds directly into the field or start seeding indoors. Keep seed-ed moist in areas of 65-80 degrees F. during germination.
4-8" x 12-18" spacings.
Location: sun part shade
Feed: nitrogen rich fert.
*can selfsown prolifically in warm zones.
Asparagus Beans; Yard Long (Dow Gauk);
Along a trellis, sow a seed every 3 inches when all danger of frost has passed. Soaking seeds overnight in water just before planting will speed germination. Thin to one plant every 6" when plants desplay 3-4 leaves. Frequent picking of young pods increase production.
Days to Germinate: 15-21
Days to Harvest: 67
Spacing...Rows 30"/6" apart
No pic. on pf at present
Cilantro: coriander (Chinese Parsley).
* A versatile herb grown for both its leaves-called cilantro-and its seeds-called coriander. Cilantro leaves provide an essential sweet, pungent contrast in spicy Mexican dishes. This slow-bolting strain holds longer at the leaf stage. Coriander seeds add a pleasing citrus aroma and flavor to soups, pickles and bake goods.
Days to germinate: 7-14
Spacing (final); 12"
Row spacing; 18"
Oriental Celery; Chinese Celery, Thai Celery:
Plant 4-6 seeds in holes set 6" to 8" apart, then cover with 1/4" soil.
Plant in early spring or summer, grows best in mild weather and rich soil with organic compost.
Mulch lightly to prevent wash-off by rain, sprinklers ect. (fine seeds).
No pic. yet available at present.
Chinese Mustard: Cai Muoi Dua
Suitable for mild climates, either spring/fall crops. The plant may form a head in low temperature. Sow seeds directly in field or start with seed pots. Transplant seedling to open field when it has 3-4 leaves. Plants grow best in rich soil with good drainage under full sun.
Depth: barely cover
Spacing: 8-12" x 16-20" rows
Bitter Gourd; Bitter Melon; Lakwa vine. (Kho Qua).
*Sow seeds directly in field or start seeds indoors. Soak seeds overnight. Wrap seeds with paper towels or cloth and keep moist at a steady warm (80-90 degrees F.) area for faster germination. Transplant seeds into rich soil after germinated in 10-15days.
Grow plants with supports because hey are weak resistant to strong wind. Plants grow vigorously in warm climates under full sun.
Feed once every 2-3 weeks during growth.
Fruits: after 8 weeks of sowing.
Excellent for stir-fry and stuffed foods.
Below is my own thread past summer on this very vine. [[email protected]]
Edible Chinese Luffa (Dish Cloth Luffa);
*Luffa are climbing annual, growing up to 20 ft. in warm climates. Start seeds indoors in a short season area. Soak seeds overnight before lanting. Keep seeded trays moist at a steady warm (80-95F) area for faster germination. Transplant plants outdoors when they are 4-6" high. Set plants to grow along supports, in rich compost soil under full sun.
Pinch out the tips when the main stem and branches are 4-6' long, to encourage more branches and fruit settings. Pick immature fruits for vegetable uses when they are 6-12" long or harvest the matured & dried fruits for sponge luffas.
White Gourd (Winter Melon);(Bi Dao);
* Sow seeds directly in open field or start seeds indors in spring or early summer. Soak seeds overnight beore planting. Keep the seeded pots moist at a steady warm (80-95F) area for faster germination. Transplant plants into the open field with rich compost soil when they 4-5" high. Keep plants ell watered and feed fertilizer periodically druing growth. Bury a few stem nodes into soil that will grow locally new roots to absorb more water and nutrition. Keep only 2 fruits per branch for growing large fruits - for vegetable use.
Chinese Small Cucumber; Oriental Petite Cucumber; Dua Leo Nhat;
Narrow & long with very small seed cavity, which are very crisp and delicious.
Spacing: 18-24" x 15-30" row in rich fertile soil with supports (climbers). Pinch off tips after the 4-5th nodes on the branches to promote more new side branches for more fruit settings. Pick young cucumbers for vegetable uses.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Seeds: Vegetables/ornamentalCaraway; biennial Herb.
Pungent seasoning with glossy, carrot-like foliage and attractive white flowers. Use seeds in bread, candy, pickles and cheese.
Days to germinate: 14
Tips: Harvest seed heads to encourage additional production. Harvest mature seeds and stems. Dry in a cool, dry location, then store in airtight containers.
NOTE: some are thyme, other are cumming that also called Caraway. No specific specie established yet; 'til these are grown and identified.
Chives; Perennial Herb.
Indispensable in any cook's herb garden, vesatile chives season soups, salads and other dishes with a mild, onion-like flavor. Lovely purple flowers are edible, too.
Germination: 14 days
Spacing: 1' apart
*Tips: In fall, dig up a clump of chives and grow in a pot on a sunny windowsill for fresh herbs all winter.
*Spicy-scented basil leaves are one of the most popular of all herbs used in cooking. Basil is particularly attractive when planted as a border.
Days to germinate: 10-15
Garden Hints: Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching. Use the pinchings.
*This heirloom variety dates back to the late 1800's and produces unusual round yellow cucumbers that resemble lemons. The 3 1/2" cucumbers achieve the bright, lemon-yellow coloring at a maturity and add fourmet flavor and interest to salads. The white flesh is mild and crisp.
Days to germinate: 7-10
Spacing: 3 strongest seedlings per hill
Row Spacing: 6'
Days to harvest: 65
* Plant successive crops for a continuous harvest.
Garden Hints: In small gardens, grow plants on a fence or trellis.
Cucumber: Boston Pickling
These little black-spined cukes are just the right size for pickling. But try them sliced in salads, too, and enjoy their exceptional flavor. Expect heavy yields from the productive vines. Pick when cucumbers are 2-6" long.
Days to Germinate: 7-10
Days to Harvest: 50-75
Planting Depth: 1/2"
Spacing: Hills/row: 4'/6'
Location: full sun
*Plant at 3 week intervals up to midsummer for fresh cucumbers all season.
Dill: Annual Herb.
Delicate leaves as well as seed heads are a favorite flavoring for pickles, salads, breads and cheeses. Tall plants.
Height: 3 feet
Depth: 1/16 to 1/8"
Successive planting every 2 weeks.
Kale: dwarf Blue Curled, Vate's Strain
Days to germinate: 8-12
Days to Harvest: 60
Spacing Rows 12" x 12"
When to sow: Cool planting, spring/fall.*
Parsley-like leaves that are never bitter and are very desirable as greens and for garnishing. Can be grown as both a spring and early fall crop. Loaded with vitamins A & C and the B-group.
pf has only this similiar file. NOT Vate's Strain
Okra: Clemson Spineless #80
The fleshy, ribbed pods are very tender when picked at 3" in length. Great in Cajun dishes or when fried or boiled by itself. Heavy production with regular picking.
Days to germinate: 12-14
Days to Harvest: 58
Spacing : Rows 3' x 18"
Location: Full sunh
Garden hints: Pick pods when they become 3-4" long. If they are allowed to become mature, plants will stop producing.
When to plant: April-june
Known primarily as the "pizza herb," Oregano is also ideal for flavoring vegetables, egg and cheese dishes.
The leaves are also used medicinally to make an antiseptic tea for treating sinusitis. In the home, Oregano adds aroma and beautiful arrangements and to simmering potpourri.
Days to germinate: 7-14
Seed spacing: 1-2"
Row Spacing: 18"
Harvest whole stems for drying just after flower buds appear. (if desired).
Sow outdoor in pot/field after danger of frost. Easy care. Hot peppers. Succession sowing is recommended for season long peppers.
Pumpkin; (Jack O'Lantern)
Days to Germinate: 10-14
Seed Spacing: 6 seeds/hill
Row Spacing: 8 feet
Days to Harvest: 110
Garden Hints: Keep plants well-watered. Harvest before the first frost by pruning fruits with a knife or clippers, leaveing a three-inch stem attached to the pumpkin.