Month: October 2017

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in September/October 2017

Well, it rained most days during September and the first half of October, with floods sometimes in parts of Penang. And then it stopped raining – except for once a week or so. Thus today, Sunday is the first sunny Sunday for a while.

Another quiet couple of months, then.

Not all that much happening in the back lane garden

This papaya almost died – when there is heavy rain one papaya sometimes dies. As I can’t get any seeds to germinate there at the moment, eventually, as has happened over the years, all papayas die. One smaller one did die. So only three left

Crepe Ginger very healthy

Crepe Ginger very healthy

the grape vine still OK

the grape vine even has a few grapes

pandan trees doing well

we can harvest some mini-eggplants every week – great in soups and curries and stews

the neem tree is getting huge

cuttings from crepe ginger to cultivate

these are so easy to cultivate and care for we’re cultivating more

rosemary gets attacked sometimes by a black bug or fungus

my attempt at cultivating crepe ginger is working out

papayas germinated from seed

basil is happy

papayas germinated from seed

my oldest papaya has had its trunk attacked so may not survive another year. Being in a pot it never fruited, but it looked nice

Passionfruit really need sun to ripen, and there has been so little for months due to rain.

So now some passion fruit are just dropping to the ground without the skin changing colour much if at all. But inside they are often ripe and yummy.

Some passion fruit seeds from different fruit to germinate next February

The neverending quest – for crisps – goes on

As mentioned recently, I like a nice packet of crisps occasionally.

My previous discovery is still available, but at the now higher price of RM7.99 in Cold Storage.

But today I discovered Rogers, a Belgian brand, which costs slightly more, but is 150g – 50% more than the 100g of the other. No MSG etc., of course.

In the interests of research I invested in a packet. I’ll do a tasting tonight.

All’s quiet on the Western Malaysian Front

Nothing much seems to be happening around here. So there’s nothing much to write about.

Tesco in Tanjung Tokong has shrunk, with Mr DIY moving upstairs to use the space freed up.  So Mr DIY is huge – much bigger than it was downstairs, and bigger than the original branch in Island Plaza, and the one in Gurney Plaza as well.  Often smaller items in Mr DIY are cheaper than the fixed price store, Daiso, and for many things cheaper than regular hardware stores. However, sometimes cheaper is not better – if you want higher quality tools that will last a lot of use, then products from Mr DIY may not fit the bill.  But if your DIY use is only occasional, then Mr DIY is often the better bet.

Mr DIY is next to Tesco now

Mr DIY is huge