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My fruit vegetables have fruited! growing various edibles (updated pictures)

#1 User is offline   Wisteria 

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 01:19 PM

Happy New Year to everyone!

My baby bittergourd started flowering on Christmas Day and the pumpkin started flowering yesterday. Just want to share with you 3 pictures taken this morning.




http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/BBG1.jpg
3 of the 7 baby bittergourds are shown here


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/BBG3.jpg
close-up shot of male baby bittergourd flower & fruit


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin1.jpg
This flower was hand-pollinated yesterday. The little pumpkin is 10cm long now.

This post has been edited by Wisteria: 29 October 2008 - 11:56 AM

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 04:02 PM

Happy New Year to you too. :)/>

Certainly a good harvest for you. Well done.
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 07:16 PM

Wow looks delicious. :lol:/> Hope you have a good harvest :)/> Wish I have more space to grow these fruit-vegs.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:18 PM

Hi spheredome & acc:
Although the baby bittergourd & pumpkin's yield isn't high, I'm still very happy that they can reach the fruiting stage.
I especially enjoy looking at the baby bittergourds hanging on the vines.

The fruit trees / edible plants with the highest yield in my garden are (1) chiku (2) belimbing and (3) chilli.
I have an avocado tree (I think it's 10 years old) and a pomelo tree (> 5 years old) which haven't started flowering yet.
My dragonfruit is 1.6m tall but it may take years before it can reach flowering stage.
I'm growing fruit vegetables now because these edibles can be harvested within a few months.



http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/BBG5.jpg
Despite their small size, these baby bittergourds taste more bitter than the normal large ones.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin2.jpg
This is the same pumpkin as the one I posted on 1/1/08. It has grown to 26cm long 18 days after pollination.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Luffa1.jpg
My smooth luffa have finally fruited.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Chilli1.jpg
My chilli plants.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 11:01 AM

It's harvest time!


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Belimbing1.jpg
Belimbing: The red flowers occur in thick bunches along the stem. The fruits are very acidic.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Harvest1.jpg
These "edibles" are harvested today: luffa, pumpkin, baby bittergourd, chilli & belimbing.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin3.jpg
These two pumpkins are already 33cm long after 3 weeks. The harvested pumpkin in the earlier photo is only 27cm long.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Chilli2.jpg
Chilli
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 01:23 PM

Congratulations on your successful harvest especially the chillis. The birds usually eat my chillis before I can harvest them! Nice cat too!

Can you post a photo of your chiku plant? Is it in a pot or in the ground?
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 02:22 PM

Hi

I'm keen to convert my garden to a fruit/vegetable garden like you. Just want to find out what are the vegetables you grow in pots/containers and what are those you grow in the ground. Would appreciate some insights. Thanks.

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 12:11 AM

clap clap clap! well done! Job satisfaction eh! :lol:/>
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:55 AM

Hi Wisteria
Wow, you must have lots of chiku to eat since your tree is so matured. Do you need to wrap the chikus in newspapers to prevent the birds from damaging the fruit? I have a small chiku plant in a pot, it has flowers but yet to set fruit.
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 04:26 PM

Hi greennature:

When the chiku tree was of a manageable height during the earlier years, we wrapped the fruits with recycled envelopes to prevent them from being stung by insects. We stopped doing it when the tree grew taller.

We were picking about 15-20 fruits each week late last year & there were still lots of chikus that were out of reach. The birds had a fantastic time feasting on them. 75% of the harvested chikus were given away to friends.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Chiku.jpg
Chiku tree
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:37 AM

Hi Wisteria

U sure have a bountiful havest.. COngratulations!!
But tell me.. how do u make ur belimbing fruit?
Mine grew to slightly less than 3 m tall.. but no sing of any fruit. Then I chopped the plant to about 80 cm when the nasty neighbour cut cuttinhg my plants. And when new leaves grew, also no signs of any fruits.. Perhaps u can advice me? The belimbing plant is ablout 2 years old.

Also.. somehow or other I am not able to regrow my cili padi plants.. all seeds sowed dont germinate. argh!!!

That chiku tree looks good.. Have u thought about pruning the tree down and later training the branches to sprawl low?? So that u can easily pluck the fruits??
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 12:04 PM

Hi Wisteria. Thanks for posting the photo of your chiku tree. Besides pruning your tree, I guess you could buy one of those long cutters to access the top branches?

Mamat, I also have a belimbing tree. Was wondering whether your belimbing is grown from seedling or a grafted plant. At two years, it should be fruiting. My tree is only four to five feet tall and it fruits. As for me, I notice that once I trim the plant down to keep it to a manageable height, it takes a few months for it to establish and fruit again. I usually use the fertiliser that one dilutes in water to induce the plant to fruit or bone meal. Sometimes, there are so many belimbings that I have to give away or salt and dry the belimbing fruits for future use. Maybe don't apply so much of the nitrogen rich fertilisers which would encourage green leaf growth instead of fruiting.
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:08 PM

Hi Mamat & greennature

If I remember correctly, my belimbing started flowering only after 3 years. The first time it flowered, all the flowers fell off. From then onwards, it flowered regularly and it was able to set more & more fruits as time passed by. The belimbing is >5 years old now and we have a very good yield since last year. It just keeps on producing lots of flowers & fruits. It is basically a very low maintenance plant. It's ok if it isn't watered daily and we don't even add fertilizer to it.


We prune the chiku tree regularly ourselves but it still grows very quickly. It seems like the more we prune, the quicker it grows vertically & sideways. Don't dare to call the contractors to give it a major pruning ever since we "lost" our mango trees.


We used to have 2 huge mango trees. We engaged contractors to prune both trees till they were left with only the main tree trunk. The mango trees grew at an enormous speed after that. Within 2 years, they were back to the original size. We had to call the contractors to prune them again (cost >$500 each time). Unfortunately, both trees stopped growing after that pruning session. It was a great pity because one of them produced the most delicious mangoes my family & friends had ever tasted. I had since planted my dragonfruit next to one of the mango tree trunks.

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 05:01 PM

Hi Wisteria. You mentioned that you have an avocado tree. Has it ever fruited for you? If so, did it produce tasty fruit? I am surprised that avocado trees can grow here.
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 05:41 PM

Hi greennature:
As mentioned in my post dated 18/1/08, my avocado tree (grown from seed) hasn't started flowering yet despite its age.
The avocado tree is sparsely branched (compared to the chiku tree) and we have been pruning it regularly to prevent the branches from hitting the roof. I'm not sure if it can flower or bear fruit over here, especially after all the pruning. At least it provides some shade.
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 10:20 AM

Updated pictures:

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Chilli3.jpg
This is the only chilli plant in my garden that reaches 1.2 metre in height.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin9.jpg
I currently have 3 phoenix pumpkin vines and 2 remaining crookneck pumpkin vines.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin10.jpg
Close-up shot of the 34cm long crookneck pumpkin (cross-pollinated with pollen from a Japanese pumpkin male flower).

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Okra.jpg
I have planted 3 types of okra.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/roselle.jpg
My roselle plants are 2 metres tall despite being grown in hard clayey soil.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/longbean1.jpg
I grew the bush type long beans a while back. I'm currently growing the pole type red long beans.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 06:25 PM

Latest pictures from my fruit-vegetables garden:

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/okra2.jpg
ornamental okra

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/okra3.jpg
smooth okra

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/longbean2.jpg
pole type red long beans

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/longbean3.jpg
bush type long beans

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/yambean.jpg
yam bean plant (grown from a sprouting tuber)

Will post more pictures when my other edible plants reach fruiting stage.
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:38 PM

Wahhhh... ur garden is definitely doing great! *Clap!*

I miss my outdoor garden.. my mother-in-law used to come every weekend to grow a lot of veg. lol.

Hubby and I have moved to a HDB flat. It really suck that sunlight and space is being limited now but I love my new home nevertheless. :D/>

Keep up the good job! It's really true that nothing taste better than self-grown fruits and veg. :flowers:/>
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 07:49 PM

Thanks for viewing the pictures & giving positive comments. I have changed a couple of the photos to clearer ones.

I had actually stopped growing fruit vegetables (except chilli) for many years. Last year, I was inspired by Wilson's pictures and my neighbour's enthusiasm that I decided to start growing fruit vegetables & leafy vegetables again.

I don't use any pesticide or fungicide on my plants. I'm also quite lazy in applying fertilisers & will only do so as and when I remember. After losing many seedlings to the intense heat, pests etc in June, things are looking better now. Most of the surviving plants have since reached flowering or even fruiting stages.

Wilson has been very kind to send me the seeds of uncommon food plants. I hope I can successfully grow both the common & uncommon edibles.
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Posted 23 September 2008 - 10:20 AM

From Garden To Kitchen
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Harvest2.jpg
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Harvest3.jpg

This post has been edited by Wisteria: 07 November 2011 - 07:57 AM

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