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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Waiting for the harvest

This monsoon brought a visually delicious delight in my rooftop garden. My mother, who usually plants seeds of vegetables, had sown some seeds of bitter gourd which she had saved from the bitter gourd she bought as vegetable. The seed germinated, became a plant, and for some time now, it has been blooming and bearing fruits. Though I can't say the fruits of labour are always sweet, as in this case, they are bitter, but yes, the visual treat and the satisfaction that one gets from such a harvest, from a single modest seed sown in a pot gives you immense satisfaction, even if you don't eat the fruits.

Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: A baby bitter gourd
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: A baby bitter gourd
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Nevertheless, my father loves bitter gourd and can have bitter gourd three times a day. So, it's a treat for him, I guess. Organically grown bitter gourd, that too from your own rooftop garden, so you know what goes in. Unlike like the bitter gourd, the Taro is an permanent resident of my garden. It stays in plastic sack given to it throughout the year, and this is the time it gives us, not fruits, but the leaves, which are also used in cooking. Then comes the Malabar Spinach, which, these days is giving a bumper harvest, in the 2-3 places it has propagated since the last time I had it in my garden, which bloomed, bore fruits, and these fruits spread throughout. More on these in a later post. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

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