Out of nowhere…

Over the years, we have had things sprouting out of nowhere in our garden.

There was a noni tree which probably came from a house three doors away – I’ve seen the tree in their garden. It grew very well and was bearing fruits, lots of them. My missus happily plucked them and made enzyme with them and made me drink. Those of you who are familiar with the fruit would know how smelly it is – the enzyme is not much better. Thankfully, the tree was getting to be too big so I got rid of it. Phewww!!!

I had no idea where the avocado tree growing very near the house came from either. My cousin in Kuching sent me a photo of theirs, a couple of years old and it was so big! I quickly got rid of mine but last year when my cousin and the rest of the family were enjoying the fruits of their labour, I wished I had kept my tree. Perhaps I could have moved it away from the house.

I had a few papaya trees but I could jolly well guess that they sprouted out of the seeds that I buried in my garden, together with the skin everytime I peeled one. Unfortunately, they flowered but there was no fruit, not even one so they too eventually faced the axe.

This watermelon plant…

…probably came out of the seeds that I buried as well but the last time we had any was quite sometime ago – it sure took a long time to emerge.

There are a few small fruits growing on the vines at this point in time but the problem is we do not know when exactly is the right time to harvest them…

…and eat. Unlike other fruits that will change colour or become softer, watermelons will remain pretty much the same. I guess we will just wait a bit till they have grown a bit bigger.

My girl planted these cherry tomatoes…

…and the fruits have started to appear. She did eat a few and she said they were very nice, very sweet and crispy. I’ve never seen this variety before – the fruits are oval-shaped…

…not round.

The mum planted these regular ones…

…and they have eaten the fruits too, also sweet and crispy. These must be the Cameron Highlands variety that I used to buy at a supermarket here except that those were very big, much bigger than these. Never mind, as they say, beggars can’t be choosers.

She also planted some chili…

…but I am not getting my hopes up too high. I also planted a lot once and yes, they grew really well and produced a whole lot of chilies. Unfortunately, before they ripened, they would start rotting on the inside and drop off one by one. I think I did get to eat one or two, that was all.

They were very successful with their ladies’ fingers and brinjal and kangkong. My cangkok manis that was struggling to stay alive is thriving really very well under their care and at this point in time, my missus has planted some sweet potato leaves too. I planted a lot at one time…

…but they went out of control and we grew tired of eating it so I got rid of them.

Yes, the prices of vegetables (and most everything else) have been going up and up but no, I still think it is a lot easier to just go and buy. As far as planting one’s own goes, I guess it is very convenient to just go out into the garden to harvest and it is a lot healthier too as we do not use any chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Besides, it can be quite therapeutic, being kind of relaxing and is thus a great way to pass the time plus it is in a way a good form of exercise too.

Author: suituapui

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9 thoughts on “Out of nowhere…”

  1. All your plants are growing so well. At one time I do plant sweet potatoes leaves, so easy to plant and they grow so fast and furious and I have to get rid of them…😊. Out of nowhere, there are quite a few plants of chilli padi in my garden. Best to plant our own if one had a big garden. Can pluck fresh from the garden and into the wok. I used to have a big garden but have to give way when we do extension to the kitchen.

    My semi-D has a VERY big compound, 13 points, they say…whatever that means. You can never get any this big with the new houses these days.
    I used to do all the gardening and the planting, mostly weeding and trimming, keeping everything nice and neat but now the ladies have taken an interest and they have planted this and that.
    Great for relaxing and passing the time, I guess and somewhat convenient too – no need to go out and buy all the time.

  2. Sometimes we do get plants out of nowhere. Where wind blows them to. Lol.

    I never taste noni so not sure how it taste like. That bad ah??

    The fruit has that sweaty armpit smell…and the enzyme smells of vomit!!! Imagine I had to drink that every day!

  3. You sure make full use of your yard, it’s good to know where your food comes from.
    Kang kong, sweet potato leaves are very easy to grow too.
    And they taste good too, so you may want to include them in your yard.

    But I can grow, I might want to grow some midin. Since we don’t usually come across such veggie on the Peninsula.

    1. I don’t mind kangkong but my missus stopped planting those, now starting on sweet potato leaves. We grew tired of those – would never order that outside anymore. I hear they plant paku these days, but I’ve not heard anything about midin.

      1. Ha ha! I envy you so much. Here kangkong is so expensive! I wish I could grow some.
        Paku? You mean the pitcher plant? Yes, we can grow these as ornamental plants on the Peninsula, but we don’t use them to wrap rice. That’s how they do it in Sabah, right? I wanna try the rice one day.

      2. No, paku is the other type of wild fern that we eat – they do have that in the peninsula. I’ve never eaten those rice in pitcher plants – they are protected! Of course, they insist that they plant their own to use, dunno how true that is.
        Should be easy to plant kangkong anywhere – they grow wild on their own in the drains here.

  4. My garden is too small to plant any type of trees. We grew tired of eating sweet potato leaves so I clear the patch to grow something else. I have the same problem with my chili plants. Your tomato plants are healthy and fruiting well. I hope mine will be healthy and hope to get some tomatoes from them.

    Yes, we grew tired of those sweet potato leaves, dunno why my missus bought some that day and she went and planted the stems. I don’t mind kangkong.

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