Gardening in Malaysia

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in June-July 2017

Over these two months it’s rained a lot and every day sometimes, and otherwise just once every few days.  Recently the latter.

at last a lemon is growing

so many little eggplants

lemongrass

another citrus and others

pandan

mother-in-law’s tongue

aloe vera

this mock orange first appeared in another pot, and now is happily growing bigger

this was the original ginger poker, which our neighbour kindly gave us. Now we have propagated it and have lots growing in all our gardens

this was the original ginger poker, which our neighbour kindly gave us. Now we have propagated it and have lots growing in all our gardens

this was the original ginger poker, which our neighbour kindly gave us. Now we have propagated it and have lots growing in all our gardens

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

another ginger poker

duranta

basil

rosemary

cultivating ginger poker

you can see the babies coming up

Canna Lily – always one blooming

plumbago

limes

a papaya

passion fruit growing

this citrus needs repotting as it’s grown big

leaves are drying before composting

a tiny mock orange that appeared in the garden

aloe vera

the back garden –  on the right a papaya has appeared

one of the cultivated ginger pokers – now it’s big

citrus

roselle plants grew quickly

hibiscus – the only surviving one at the back

Roselle

this papaya has really grown = mealy bugs are their enemies, and I have to clean them off sometimes

tiny papaya fruit on the way

the citrus support the papaya until the papaya grow bigger, and then the papaya support the citrus

a couple of citrus

passion fruit flower

 

Birdie breakfast buffet

A bit hard to see as I had to use my mobile phone to photograph.

the bird knows I am nearby

If we open the compost birds come to eat the fruit peels. Usually one stands guard while the other hops in and eats. And usually if one points any photographic device in their direction they immediately take off.

This bird was alone and kept watch for itself, but stayed even though I took a couple of very quick photos.

Amongst the compost are mango and papaya peels, which seem to be the favourite.

easy watering

When it hasn’t rained, unsurprisingly I have to water the plants.  Using the hose takes 10 minutes at least.

This is the quick and easy way.  Put a big bin in a place convenient to the plants, put the hose in and turn it on.  Water pressure is not great, so filling it takes a while – so I come back later when it’s full, and use a scoop to water the plants.  It only takes two or three minutes to water the whole garden.

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in May 2017

I have written 888 blogs so far. This is the 889th.

This month it has rained every second or third day, sometimes only a little, but sometimes heavily.

There appears to be some water works being done somewhere, and the water pressure at home has often been very poor, making it hard to water the garden when I have no rain water left.  So the best way has been to fill a big bin with water and come back five or ten minutes later when it has finally become full, and then use a ladle and or bucket to water.  This is actually a very quick way.

Our neighbour created a garden at the back, and we have filled it with plants.  This has been the main gardening activity this month. It’s so much easier for plants to survive in the ground, and much less work to maintain them.

grasshopper – only one, so I left him alone – he didn’t eat too much

grasshopper – only one, so I left him alone – he didn’t eat too much

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

more plants

more plants – there are mock orange, mother-in-law tongues, aloe vera, Canna Lily, ginger poker, citrus (planted after photo) and a couple more plants I can’t name

I planted a tiny citrus plant – the next day it had totally disappeared.

I planted a tiny passion fruit plant – the next day it had totally disappeared.

papaya

We moved the grape vine to where it could grow more – and in a bigger pot

passion fruit are growing

growing new papaya trees

the lime tree has a lot of limes, now – it took a few years before it fruited well

duranta is happy so long as it has water

rosemary – not too much water – but it doesn;t want to be too dry either

mini egg plants – growing in a pot

aloe vera growing

aloe vera picked for juicing

rosemary

aloe vera growing

Bougainvillea has kept blooming through everything

ginger poker are so nice

this plant is easy to propagate, has shallow roots and survives easily with little maintenance

hibiscus

Canna lily keeps on blooming

limes

basil – have to water every day

papaya getting bigger

Plumbago seem to like semi-shade and water. They are very happy in their present position

A neighbour gave us some pandan. We’d been hoping to get some for a long time.

the egg plant plant – had to cut off the top half as something decimated its leaves

This citrus wasn’t happy upstairs, with yellow leaves, so I transplanted it into the back garden

papaya growing strongly – some have flower buds already

lemon grass was attacked by something – this was where the little passion fruit plant disappeared from

I put in a lot of blue pea flower seeds. Some have germinated now and have started growing.

Borapet plant?

something attacked this plant

I got a few cherry tomatoes from this plant, but it was riddled with mealy bugs and I had to pull it out, sadly

So it’s been a busy month, and what with rain and sunshine plants are generally growing well.

Rats’ revenge and large leaping lizards

I have been gardening a lot recently.

Rats have started to come into our driveway at night. Two or three of them.  If we leave the light on to discourage them, moths come instead.  So I put out a rat trap last night.  Then it rained, the rain soaked the bait – bread – and it fell to the bottom of the cage. Thus a rat could get the bread without getting caught. But it seemed to understand it was a trap, and wreaked revenge on our pot plants – digging up five or six small plants and leaving a mess.

Meanwhile, a neighbour created a garden at the back, and we have been planting various things in it.  In the afternoons two large (camera-shy) lizards appear.  They’re two or three feet long. They seem to have discovered the new garden, and they dig a little – somehow they seem to like digging up an onion we planted, but they don’t eat it. We replant it, and they dig it up again. But they are cute.

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in April 2017

“It’s been very dry and hot recently – fairly normal for this time of year.” This is what I wrote last year.

This year it’s been very hot – but with rain sometimes.

 

little eggplant and flowers

kobu lime

grape vine

back garden doing well

papaya and citrus and basil and lemongrass

tomato is just surviving and has little toomatoes growing, but passion fruit seems fine

Bougainvillea as usual

Roselle grown from seed

Bougainvillea as usual

Basil

Rosemary

mock orange

limes picked

lime tree; mock orange have grown bigger – so most pots are just on the floor now

papaya growing

passion fruit vines resting on mock orange

passion fruit growing

and flowers, too

plumbago

canna lily

pots left over now plants have grown