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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Herbs on my terrace

Gardening through my adventures, I have been introducing new plants in my rooftop garden. While most of these are blooming perennials like roses, tuberoses, and lilies, I have been trying out vegetable plants once in a while. The brinjal experiment last year was quite a success. Apart from that, the chillies, that feature in my garden almost every time, always give me some great results.
Herbs too have always been part of my garden. Be it the curry leaf plant that I always have in my garden for the culinary uses of the leaves. You might be knowing that curry leaves are widely used in south Indian cuisines, and being someone who likes south Indian cuisine quite a lot, it really makes sense for me to have an important ingredient of this cuisine, rather than going without it. Apart from curry leaf (Bergera koenigii) plant, I've got Tulsi (holy basil) plant as well. It's much more important for religious regions. Beyond that, tulsi plant is considered an important medicinal plant, as leaves of this plant possess many medicinal properties.

Beautiful curry leaf blooms. Looks like miniature lilies, isn't it?
Beautiful curry leaf blooms. Here's another bunch of those beautiful blooms.
Fruits on the curry leaf plant. These will drop down and germinate, giving me more curry leaf plants.
Fruits on the curry leaf plant. These will drop down and germinate, giving me more curry leaf plants.
The holy basil (tulsi) plant. As far as I know, we have two varieties of these, one with green stems and green leaves, and another one with dark purplish tint to the stems, and this is the second one.
I have, time and again posted about the fennel plants, which again is an important herb, seeds of which find an important in our culinary preparations. I, however like it for its beautiful yellow coloured small blooms, which bloom in large clusters. Some time back, in this summer, I arranged a bay leaf plant for my garden. The plant was in some kind of shock having been travelled more than 1500 kilometres, and being planted in a grow bag, 20 feets above ground. But of late, it seems to have settled down, and has started showing signs of live. Again, leaves of the Indian bay leaf (malabathrum), is widely used in our cooking for its strong smell and flavour.

The bayleaf plant. It's looking better these days.
The beautiful blooms of fennel.
The beautiful blooms of fennel.
Then recently, we found something odd growing in one of the pots. This was something like some really wide leaved grass, and luckily, it got spared being pulled out by the neck. We let it grow, and it turned out to be turmeric. Do I need to tell you about that too? Okay, turmeric too is widely used in Indian cuisine, and has been proven to carry tonnes of medicinal properties. And then, mint has always been a hot favourite. It has got many uses in our cuisine. And then, mint is known to be a refreshing herb, and can be used to prepare refreshing drinks.

Turmeric plant
With these, the herb collection that's there in my garden, at this time is over. I do grow some seasonal herbs like coriander too, but that's something done in winters. For now, I will wrap up. Will be back with something new, since, the weather has turned somewhat good, it has started raining once in a while, giving us Delhiites, much wanted relief from the scorching summer heat. And then, the monsoon season is around the corner. That means, I will again have the tuberoses blooming, and who knows, the lilies too might bloom this time around, giving me a visual treat. I'll keep you guys posted with all of the happenings in my garden. Till then, keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!

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