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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Edibles Edibles Edibles


It takes effort to grow edibles, and they make for an untidy garden. My garden is no good looker. The plants there don't co-ordinate, and they don't have very pretty flowers. They're all grown for food or medicine. The medicinal/food herbs take up a big part of the garden - thyme (a few sorts), rosemary (a few sorts), echinacea, lemon bergamot, oregano (2 sorts), tarragon, sage, lemon verbena, elderflower, chamomile, spring onions, chilli, indian borage, dandelion, dill and a couple of other herbs I dunno what to call them but I know they taste good.


Lemon Bergamot (makes a nice tea and a good topping for fish)


Echinacea (gets rid of flu like nothing else can).


Brinjal (nutritious)


I have no clue what this is but the red buds taste good in salads.



Dill (for fish dishes too)

Then there are the vegetables: lady fingers and brinjals (my favourites), xiao bai cai, bayam, batavia salad, stinging nettle and rocket salad. I think I've got my gardening oomph back!!

9 comments:

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

edibles can ornamentals too!

petunialee said...

Bangchok & Kakdah - I believe you. I'm just not that good a gardener to marry both beauty and stomach.

Theanne said...

I think you've got your gardening OOOMPH back too Petunia! I'm growing me some lady fingers this year! No more fooling around! I'm not paying $5 or more USDs for this sick looking little package of lady fingers at the grocery. So far I still have my chives...planted spring onions and started green lettuce seed...soon cherry tomatoes and lady fingers YAY! Need to work on starting some herbs too! Use lots for the vegetables I cook now!

petunialee said...

Theanne - Oooooooh! Take pictures! I love plant pictures!! Especially plant pictures with lotsa edibles!!

L said...

Look yummy! The red ones look like some sort of ginger.

petunialee said...

L - Ginger? Then maybe I've been eating the wrong part of the plant... hmmmmm... need to dig dig a bit.

L said...

Er, I think the ornamental ginger flowers are a different species from the edible rhizome variety.

So nice to be able to eat what one grows!

Blur Ting said...

The red bud plant is called costus woodsonii. Not sure if it is edible though.
http://www.rareflora.com/costuswood.html

Malar said...

You have garden full of edible!!! I envy your brinjal! I never succeed growing them....sigh....