Jun
4
2015

Home Grown Spinach

I started a new hobby closer to the third trimester of my pregnancy with Ayden – growing my own vegetables. As we had tiled up the entire car porch before moving into this house, I no longer have land to plant anything and had to resort to planting in pots. When I first got started with my potted vegetable garden, I grew spinach, tomatoes, lime and okras and they strive very well especially the limes. I had so many green limes waiting to be harvested. I was so excited as I expected the harvest time to coincide with Ayden’s delivery so my parents can see how flourishing my potted garden is. But Ayden came out 3 weeks early and in the midst of all the chaos, my green babies got abandoned and dried up. I did not even get to taste my limes :'(

Now that Ayden is older, I started working on my potted garden again. I have tomatoes, okra, basil and sweet potatoes at the moment and they are all growing beautifully. Ayden helps me water my plants every morning and evening while I weed and marveled at them. I can sit there for hours just looking at my green babies while Ayden sniffs on the basil leaves. He loves sniffing on them and that made me wonder if basil is addictive? o.O

potted green garden

My sexy gardener Ayden tending to my green babies when they were so much younger. 

I will transfer my pots every morning just so they can soak up the morning sun and return them to their sleeping place in the evening.

Not too long ago, I noticed a baby sprouting from my sweet potato pot but it does not look like sweet potato sprout. I dug it out and replanted it in a separate pot. Today, that baby looks like this:

homegrown spinach

Please tell me this is spinach. I’ve forgotten how spinach is supposed to look like. I assumed it is spinach because I used to grow spinach in that same pot that I grow my sweet potatoes today. Crossing fingers you’ll agree that this is spinach because I’ve just harvested it and fed Ayden this. It’s either he has just eaten organic spinach or I’ve actually fed him some really healthy looking weeds! :O

Anyway, yeah, that’s about it. I am officially an aunty of all aunties. Aunty mode is ON at the highest level. I can’t possibly be more boring that this already but hey, it’s keeping me sane lah in this stressful live we are living in :)

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    Ahhhh…our chef turned farmer now. :D :D :D

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    Merryn Reply:

    This little chef will cook organic veges from now on :P

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    Very fruitful garden! It does look like spinach. ^^

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    Merryn Reply:

    Am really glad that it is spinach! LoL!

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    Wah, you have a cute and sexy gardener! Can pinjam or not? ;-)

    I’ve been wanting to plant some vege too. But still too lazy to get moving. Haiyoh.

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    Merryn Reply:

    All you need is a shove on your back to get up and plant the first plant and you will automatically carry on from there. It’s so therapeutic to see them grow :)

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    It does look like the spinach that I buy from AEON…

    I see the first photo, I imagine Ayden grow up to be a sexy farmer toiling away doing manly stuff (farming) with manly tools while flashing his wonderful 6-pack and make all the girls drool XD

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    High 5 merryn, I love growing vege and fruits too!!!

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    Alamak… you are not sure of it but fed Ayden already ?? That’s scary !! :P

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    Where you get the “seed” of those vegetables? Bought from plant nursery?
    I saw your spring onion, so healthy, mine are in baby green and very thin in size :P

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    Merryn Reply:

    Choi Yen, I plant from the seeds of the vegetables from my kitchen themselves. Example the spinach, I buy my veges from Village Grocer with their roots still intact so I took one and planted it long long time ago and let it grow until old with flowers all come out and then produced seeds. I used those seeds to grow many little spinach after that. This is one of the babies that grew from that seed.

    My cherry tomatoes, okra and basil as well. All from the seed in the kitchen. For the tomato, when I sliced for Ayden, of course there’ll be some seeds on the knife. I dry those seeds and plant them a week later.

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    Growing vegetables is a good activity – can save money and healthy to eat organic vegetable, what is so aunty about it?

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    May I know what u use as fertilizer ya ?

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    Merryn Reply:

    Hi Pei Chin,

    So far, I’ve not used any fertilizer but I do use DIY compost soil for my plants. I don’t even know if my compost soil is done correctly or not. I always have an extra large pot that is half filled with soil. Everyday, I’ll dispose my kitchen waste especially fruit peel into it and cover with more soil. Once that pot is full, I’ll move on to another pot. Few weeks later I use the soil in the first pot for gardening.

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