Not always right…

Well, I must say that the things growing in my garden do not always turn out right. I have not had much luck planting chilies, for instance. I think I did get to eat a few once and another time, for reasons unknown, all the green chilies just dropped from the plants.

It is the same with the ones I am currently nurturing. I think there were some seeds among the kitchen waste that I buried and they sprouted and flourished and grew really well. So many chilies appeared but eventually, I noticed them starting to rot even before they ripened. That left me with no choice other than to pluck them and get rid of them.

There was this solitary one…

My chili

…however, that turned out really well. Hopefully, there will be a few others coming soon.

My cangkuk manis/mani cai is another thing that I plant that has never been doing all right. At best, I may get a handful of leaves for my masak sayur rebus but it does look a little bit better…

My cangkuk manis


That day, I managed to pluck quite a lot…

Cangkuk manis leaves

…not enough for a dish by itself but I could have fried it with some baby corn or pumpkin or sweet potatoes.

In the end, I used it for my fried bihun with those canned clams in soy sauce

Fried bihun with canned clams in soy sauce & cangkuk manis

…for our lunch that day and I threw in that aforementioned chili, sliced thinly, as well.

Ah well!!! As they say, something is better than nothing! LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

7 thoughts on “Not always right…”

  1. Sames apply to my big chilies, will start to rot even before they are ripened. For my chilli padi it grows so well but the small birds are faster than your hands. Cangkuk manis and sweet potatoes are easy to plant and they grow pretty well in my garden.

    I got rid of my sweet potato leaves as everybody seemed to be getting tired of eating it. Grows so well, out of control!!! My Brazilian spinach too, growing very well – I give to my neighbours! Yes, I had cili padi once, sprouted out on its own – and the birds feasted on it.

  2. this makes me wish i had a garden, cos even tho it’s hard work to grow veggies and herbs well, i’d like to try. the cangkuk manis looks good in the bowl. wonder if a botanist could explain why chillies are so much more difficult…..

    My neighbour plants a lot! So beautiful, red all over…but this morning I saw the son spraying something. Hmmmm…I guess they are prone to pests so they need protection. After all, when we buy from the market, we really do not know how much pesticide has been used to get them to grow so well.

  3. Tried growing chili few times but not successful. Got the cili padi from my mum but sorry to her, they eventually wither and died off. The last one, it managed to bear few chillies for me. Haha.

    I harvested three today. Some more rotting away, would popular drop off eventually – hopefully, some more will ripen and can be harvested soon.

  4. No worries, practice makes perfect, hope you get to harvest more vegetables in the near future, add oil add oil.

    Your fried mihun looks so yummy, now i am hungry.

    Hopefully. Yes, bihun fried this way is a very popular dish here.

  5. I don’t have green fingers and sometimes it is really tough to get good yield.

    Your fried mee hoon looks good. Then again at least you did get something right? 😀

    Like I said, something is better than nothing. Not easy, gardening. Needs lots of TLC.

  6. This makes me want to start planting some potato leaves!

    Very easy! Just stick the stems in the ground, they will flourish. Problem is keeping it under control. We got so tired of eating it so I got rid of them all.

  7. I have had some hits and misses too. Most success with greens.

    I still go on with my gardening just to pass the time and for a bit of exercise. Not expecting much but of course, if anything good comes out of it, I would be delighted. Mostly herbs and stuff for use in our cooking.

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