I want to know…

I did mention in my previous blogposts that I have not been all that active in my gardening these days. I just do a bit of trimming and weeding and I get somebody to come around once a month to cut the grass. I also mentioned before that the ladies, on the other hand, have started to spend some time in the garden planting vegetables. So far, I could see some ladies’ fingers, brinjal, tomato and kangkong.

The two brinjal plants seem to be thriving pretty well…

…but it has been some two to three months now and we have yet to see anything coming out of them. That was why when I saw Nancy’s beautiful eggplant and green brinjals, I was so envious – some people are so blessed with green fingers!

That prompted me to comment, “My daughter’s brinjal is growing very well, plants look good but they do not bear any fruit, dunno why. So sad to see!!!

She was kind enough to give me a prompt reply, “Brinjal takes a longer time to fruit. Just need to be patient. The flowers come and go before they finally turn into brinjals,” to which she added, “Fertilizing the plants will help too.” I guess we do not have a choice but to be patient and wait, hoping and praying for the best.

Needless to say, I was delighted the other day when I saw this…

…and what I want to know is whether that is a flower or a fruit and is that an indication that we shall have something to harvest soon?

We do not have any problem with the ladies’ fingers. The plants have grown so very tall now and they are flowering and bearing fruit…

…regularly but the ladies did not plant that many so each harvest…

…we probably have enough for one plate for a meal only.

Talking about fertilizing, my rambutan tree sure is in need of some tender loving care. It has been doing very well

…since I got the guys to come and they sure did a great job with it…

Unfortunately, I’ve been neglecting it for a long time now and it does not seem to be flourishing anymore. The leaves look kind of sparse and there are some withered branches here and there. It certainly is a pathetic sight and I wasn’t expecting anything from it this year.

Much to my surprise, it has started flowering!…

A bit slow considering that they are selling mountains of the fruit everywhere all over the town right now even though it is somewhat out of season – we usually have rambutans and all kinds of fruits including durians and dabai at the end of the year.

I do not expect a lot of fruits and I won’t be surprised if they are small and not all that juicy…but I promise to fertilize it and give it some new organic soil and water it regularly once the fruit season is over (they say I can’t do that when the tree is flowering and bearing fruits).