11. How are you doing?

These are young broad beans (Vicia Faba). I have them planted out five days earlier; I thought the weather was okay.

Yesterday was colder and finally snowing 🌨 and it was – 2°C at night. I’m not sure anymore if they will survive through this. And it will be this cold for another 2-3 days at least.

This is going be my first experience see beans grow under the cold, snowy weather.

This is why it’s important to learn when is the last frozen day in your area. Even the weather is warm enough for the seed to sprout (over 20°C) but some days it could be snow below 0° to minus).

Well, I should have learned already. This is April’s weather!

☀ 🌨️❄️🌧️🌤️🌬️🌩️🌦️ It could be all of these in the same day.

I hope they will make it.

See you next time! 💚

10. Report from happy retired pair’s garden

Previous post is the picture-report from my garden in Germany.

On the other side of the word, my parents sent me pictures from Thailand as well.

See how it looks!! 😊 💖

Sunflower 🌻

View from the front side of the house 🏡

I truly hand down to my parents. They do the best gardening! 💖✨😊

Reported 4.April 2021

8. Garden work now begins!

Good morning from my garden!

I.

While my parents do gardening in my hometown, Thailand. In Germany, the growing season started and we are planing to write a new chapter (for this year) for our my garden’s story.

Start off the new balcony (on the left side) that my husband was building a new rooftop and extent to the side of the house (toward the west).

The big part in the front that you see is the big challenge of my task. That is the slope. This area was full of wild-berries. They were spread all over the garden (uncontrollable). So we decided to get rid of them and substitute with other plants. To do that, we first need to get rid of those berries first. I tried the previous year to dig out one by one. That was useless, they keep coming back with more aggressive.

II.

Because wilds berries have deep root and tolerance in every climate, whether hot or cold, shade or sunny. They all not only survive but vegetate new babies aggressively like tumor.

We were thinking that ‘okay, maybe we cannot get rid all of them within a few years. But maybe we can reduce them from some area first.’ We decided to cut them out of light and water by covering the area with opaque plastic sheet (the green sheet on the right side of the picture).

III.

Until the new season began. This year we opened the sheet and found that all of the plants died as well as berries.

Now the new problem began. That the soil was very hard and cannot plant of seed anything at this moment (and I do not want to dig it more because I’m afraid of more erosion).

So what I do is filling the new soil and plant anything on it (on the very left side of the slope). Only issue that I can only do slowly… but we will see what is going to happen here. But I need to do something before the next heavy rain come (summer).

IV.

Though on the top row. I started put some plants since last year because I want to learn if some of them will survive snow (without any protection).

It turns out pretty satisfaction. Below are some of them that survive snow in the pots and revive this spring.

Though there are still a lot of work to do whether clean up other area and planing for planting my food.

I’ll keep reporting further. This is another year of garden adventure and it is gonna be fun! 😀

7. New leave is completely unfolded

I reported in the previous post that my Monstera in the house keeps shooting new leaves (4 leaves for so far for 2021).

Seven days ago I posted a picture of this leave that half-fold. Today this leave is now complete unfolded. And it’s the biggest leave I have ever got since I bought it! That’s why I got excited!

And I wonder, if this leave is bigger than all the rest. Does it mean the next future leaves will also getting bigger as well? So I just want to journal it and keep the record. That I can come back and check later.

This leave is 25×28 cm (width x length)

Let’s see the new leaves, how big they would be (there are two coming along this moment that I’m reporting.) I’ll keep reporting. Stay tuned!

6. Slug-resistant-plants and how to get rid of slugs (organic way)

In case you are a gardener living in Europe. Especially, if your garden is near the forest. The chance of slug swarming over your plants is high. I believe you have experience with them every year during the growing season.

They are invasive types: Aron lusitanicus (common slug in Germany),Aron rufus (orange slug), and Aron vulgaris (brown slug) that I caught thousands of them in my garden. Especially, when I plant high-protein-vegetables like cauliflowerbroccoli, any type of kale, and all the sunflowers. Anything sweet or delicious for us, they would love it as well.

As I grew plenty type of veggies and other plants in the garden last year. I have collected a list of plants slug does not like.

Anything hairy they hate it like watermelon, cucumberbean, and peas. They do not swarm on the hairy plant + climbing plants. So if you want to plant anything outdoors without any protection. Make sure your plants are resistant to the slug. So in this post. I’ll be sharing the list of plants and veggies that you can plant outdoors without additional protection from them.

Veggies

  • Onions
  • Chives
  • Beetroot (sometimes prone)
  • Celery (celeriac, smallage)
  • Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Lamb’s lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Potato
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Radish
  • Tomatoes

Herbs

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Lavender
  • Mints
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Nasturtium
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Flowers

  • Aubrieta
  • Alyssum
  • English Ivory
  • Begonia
  • Geranium
  • Hydenyear
  • Lavender
  • Daffodil
  • Snowdrop
  • Tulips
  • Viola

Succulents

All of the succulents I planted since last year. Slugs do not touch.

Others

  • Berries (I didn’t plant them though they grow wild in my garden)
  • English Ivory
  • Coral bells

How to control slugs organically

These are the methods you can do to control slugs in the garden. One of them that is effective and easy to care is introducing ducks into your garden. They love eating slugs.

Except for ducks. Promote these animals in your garden. Though it might not easy to do but it’s great in long-term plan. I also have plenty of lizards in my garden.

  • Hedgehogs
  • Toads
  • Lizards
  • Songbirds
  • Shrews
  • Moles
  • Harvestmen
  • Beetles

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Read more about slug and how to control them


This is a repost from my other blog.

5. Polka Dot Plant: Hypoestes phyllostachya

Contents


Plant profile

Scientific nameHypoestes phyllostachya
Common name: Polka dot, Freckle face, Pink splash, Flamingo, Measles
Type: Herbaceous perennial (botany)
Height: 10-50 cm
Wide: 10-40 cm
Origin: Madagascar


My personal experience with Polka Dot plant

I have this plant just before the hard winter last year (2020). I did not take care of it intensively. Somehow the plant took care of itself throughout the winter and it’s even flowering.

That’s when I was attracted more to it the first time after having it. (First time when I bought it because of the pink-green leaves. That’s attractive but I don’t know the plant gives flowering by the time I bought it.) So I was quite surprised to see its flowers. The flowers were purple along its branches. It was really nice!

With a little care, it keeps growing and the branches getting longer. I looked at it and had an opinion that it looks too thin. I would like to see it thick within the same pot. And when it is flowering, that would be so pretty!

So today I decided to cut the branches, propagate them. When it produces root I would plant them in the same pot and arrange them as in one basket.

So this is the first time I made a change of this plant. I will keep journaling of this plant and report further.

Let’s see how it goes!


How to propagate the Polka Dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Water method:

  1. Cut the branch about 2-3 nodes lower from the end
  2. Rip off leaves from the lower node
  3. Put the prepared-branch in the water container, the water should high enough to cover the nodes
  4. Place them in the lower light area

Soil method:

Following the same steps as in the water method. Instead of water, put the prepared-branch in the soil.

No fertilizer is needed during this process. Wait until the roots come. Then place them in the soil pot. Let them grow nicely.


How to care for Polka Dot plant

Place the Polka Dot anywhere in the house following this conditions:

  • Temperature: 10º – 27ºC
  • Light: Bright (indirect) light/part shade. The color is more vivid with lower light than full sun.
  • Soil: Rich, well-draining, pH 5.6 – 6.5
  • Water: Moderate (2x per week during growing season-spring to fall, once per week during winter)
  • Fertilizer: Once a month during the growing season

New Polka Dot baby is coming too!

4. Count Monstera Leaves Like Counting Your Success

I got this guy around November last year (2020).

His name is Montera Deliciosa.

He was much smaller back then when we were met.

A few months later, he stopped growing. Since the cold weather in the winter months.

I gave less water to him as well.

In February I saw that he started getting a little bit more active. And about the end of the month, I moved him to be near the window. Though he was a little bit sleepy 💤

Though I observe him more closely now since he settled to the new spot in the apartment.

I see him every day since he was in the living room. That’s when I started counting new leaves.

Though I didn’t count new leaves in January. I still want to say that ‘this year’ he has four new leaves so fat.

Especially, this time of year (end of March he becomes a very active guy.

Only the past week alone (plus today), he shoots three new leaves.

Now I’m getting so excited to see him grow. It was like he is fully awake now. He put on his shoes and run!

And not only he keeps shooting new leaves. He now started the photosynthesis process and began to communicate.


Today is the first day I spotted the water drop from his leaves.

Telling me he drank enough and spat out the rest.

He had this behaviour in November last year but stopped since December even I gave him more than enough water.

He just stopped communicate and when to sleep.

I’m happy to see this today!

That also made me feel alive like a new life beginning. Because it means the growing season begins now in my town.

This is so exciting!

Except for counting his leaves.

I have a plan to plant my own foods in my small garden as well.

Can’t wait!

So except for journaling my parent’s gardening activities. I’ll be sharing my journal of gardening on this blog as well!!

This will be fun! 😀

Stay tuned!

3. Our corns are ready to be picked!

My dad is so happy to harvest the product, that grew by his own hands.

He was so delight to eat them fresh from the field.

Also he was alive to be outside and work with the nature. That helps him creating great mental health.

Before he picked up the veggies in the field.

He would tell them “oh! very nice and may I eat?” Then he would pick them happily by hand.

The mind of grateful is sustainable way of having mental and physical mind.

My dad now is really enjoy gardening work!

(I have a video of him harvesting the cucumber. He asked ‘may I eat?’ before picking it. But I could not upload video on the blog just yet. I’ll find out in the future post to put the video up.)

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day!

: D

2. Who am I and Why?

Hi!

I am a daughter of this happy retired pair and I run this blog for them.

My (born) name is Kratai – Suphawadee Bunthot.

Though I have had many different names throughout my life depends on the phase and the environment of my life.

Dukdui is my second nickname that my father called me since I was so little till growing up.

E-joy + Sam-ma-jae are other nicknames my mom called. Sam-ma-jae came first as I was so talkative when I was in my childhood. It was actually not talkative but questionative as I was asking a lot when I was around 5-6-year-old. My top favorite question was ‘why?’ So my mom called me sam-ma-jae around that age.

Then E-joy (joi) came later when I was a little bit growing up, around >10-year-old. My mom called me that because I was skinny (joi means thin, skinny) as I always be.

Nu-Tai‘ was my nickname that my teachers called me in pre-school until age of 12.

Then in primary school, I got a name ‘Tai-Fu‘ because we have friends name ‘Kratai‘ more than one in the same class. I got Tai-Fu because of my hair. In my age of 13-15, I had a truly fluffy hair. It was thick, black, and fluffy (foo or fu).

Then again, I entered the secondary school. We have people with the same name in our class. So I was called ‘Tai-Su‘, Su is the first pronunciation of my official name (Suphawadee).

Until 19, I went to the university, now my name is always the same as ‘Kratai‘ or mostly ‘Tai‘.

Now I don’t know what do you want to call me. But I know that Suphawadee is really difficult for European and American friends to pronounce it. When I hear it, it doesn’t sound like me.

So my first German teacher called me ‘Sue‘ (it was Su with a long sound, so I guess I put the e letter at the back of my name to make it sounds the same when he called me. Though my actual name Su pronounce short: like Tsu but without t sound.) I believed ‘Sue’ is the most easiest way for friends, who are latin base speakers to pronounce my name.

Some of them tried to call me with my Nickname Kratai as well. But it did not work. Some said ‘Krata’ or ‘Kra-a-tai’.

Well, I do not think it helps with trying to explain my name with writing. Because of the different of the language. Some English alphabet does not have the same sound as Thai.

Oh…I just think that maybe I should write my nickname as Krathai? Well, that does not sound like me either. lol

Okay, let’s make it easy. As my first teacher called me ‘Sue’. It is proof that it’s easy for everyone in Europe & America.

Back to this blog.

I run this blog for my parents who live in Thailand. They are now happily spending time in the backyard and the field (near the house). I got a lot of pictures from them during the growing season. I just want to record and keep this journey for them (actually for me). As I was living in a different continent. I miss them, I miss my hometown. I want to go back badly.

This is the way to keep me happy. To put them in the journal and I can come back to see it every time.

Moreover, I am happy to share how we live this kind of happy-simple life in the rural area, in my hometown.

Also what I share on this blog reminds us that we don’t need more than this four basic things to be happy; (1) a place to be, (2) foods to maintain our body, (3) clothes to protect us from harsh weather, and (3) medicine/herbs for when we get ill. That’s all.

SB.

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