well, let me start by saying... a lot has been happening (both good & bad) in the garden, ever since i posted about it here. i am gonna talk about the plants thriving currently, despite the harsh weather at Bangalore my balcony hasn't seen sunlight for the past 2months :( ) & the yield i have been getting so far - coz this is something eating my mind for quite a while now.
There are 7 tomato plants, 4 capsicums, 2 chillis, 1 brinjal, 8 carrot saplings, 2 small curry leaf plants & a pot of mint growing currently in my little balcony garden. Garlic is also growing(??) as comapnion plants in 3-4 pots. The rest of them (around 6 of them) are ornamental/flowering plants.
So far, i have harvested lots of tomatoes, 4 small capsicums, some beans, a very few green peas, a bunch of spinach, some chillis, a whole lot of mint, a tiny bunch of coriander, radish leaves, a few round radishes & 2 knolkhols. i was also lucky enough to get 1 out of 3 cabbages mentioned in the earlier post. The other 2 started growing in a weird fashion, with leaves curling outwards... and were removed after waiting for ages to see them mature. But, growing cabbages in containers is fun & a great learning experience.
Tomatoes are the ones which keep me happy all the time, even if they are not of "acceptable" sizes or shapes. i also carried a kg of tomatoes, when i visited my parents at my hometown, last month.
So, let me present to you a picture of the accidentally-grown-tomatoes harvested 3 months back. They have a sweet flavour and ideal to be eaten raw or as fresh yummy juice :)
The ones on the left side are the little-bigger-than-peanut-sized-so-called-round radishes and a handsome bunch of their leaves :)
Below are some images of my Tomato Tumbler (F1 Hybrid) plants. they did give a decent yield, though the fruit size is quite small. But, last month these plants (i have 2 of them) were attacked by blight (not sure if its early or late) and all the foliage was lost to the killer disease... the fruit set also has stopped after that. hmm.. nature is harsh at times!
What you see below is a INDAM Ruchi tomato plant - am growing 2 of this variety. Fruit set has started but many of the buds have fallen off probably due to the cloudy weather nowadays.
Those of you who are complaining that its been an overdose of tomatoes in this post, can eye the pic below - carrots growing in "companionship" with toms... am soooooooo very eager to see whats happening underground... how the carrots are growing, whether they are growing at all.. what colour they will be etc.
This is a variety called Early Nantes, but 4 months doesn't seem so "early" to me :P
Another view of the same plants, they are throwing up shoots every other day... and am waiting with bated breath to see the hidden wonder called the carrot :D
To the right - another of the INDAM Ruchi tomatoes. To the left - one of the 4 unidentified tomato plants that grew accidentally from the compost. this one is more than 6 months old and is still fruiting!