How to sprout mung beans in a jar

How to sprout mung beans in a jar

Sometimes a dish I'de like to cook would need Mung bean sprouts, which for some, might not be a problem. But since I moved here in Germany, I have to, either,  settle for the bottled ones, which I find awful (limp and taste totally different). Or option #2...drive 30 kilometers to get them fresh(ish) from the nearest Asian store from our place (if they have it). Faced with these options, I usually end up skipping it or not cooking the dish altogether. Like for the longest time, I have been planning to make…Read more→
CONTAINER GARDENING: Elevated Planter Box from Pallet

CONTAINER GARDENING: Elevated Planter Box from Pallet

To those who hadn't read it yet from my older posts, Armin and I moved to our current apartment in winter of 2015. I was so excited to move because our new place has a garden! Although we had a very beautiful and spacious terrace from our old one, it didn't include a ground where one can plant.But I was already happy to have my container garden. It's been a dream of mine to have a real garden because I love plants and flowers and gardening itself. Sadly, we were not so successful…Read more→
CONTAINER GARDENING: STRAWBERRY PLANTER USING PALLET

CONTAINER GARDENING: STRAWBERRY PLANTER USING PALLET

Spring is back and that means it is time to start planting again. I think I have mentioned before that we moved (again) to another apartment, one that is closer to where Armin and I work. This time we found a place that has a small garden...hurray!!! But the thing is the whole lot is covered in grass! Although there is a patch without grass on it, the previous renter, however, covered the ground with garden foil then topped it with really thick mulch to stop the weeds from growing and  and the…Read more→
Pallet Garden

Pallet Garden

Look what I found in our recent trip to Ca'Savio, Italy, a pallet garden!  I think it is a really great container gardening idea to use wooden pallets in a simple way as this...and look at all the different kinds of veggies and herbs they were able to plant in these boxes, amazing isn't it?  I took these photos at the camp grounds where we stayed for some days. This is one of their projects for the kids to teach them how to plant and appreciate gardening. Some of the plants I recognized thriving…Read more→
HOW TO GROW TOMATOES IN POTS

HOW TO GROW TOMATOES IN POTS

Last year I was lucky to have three healthy tomato bushes that gave us abundant fruits all summer and lasted until early fall. We had so much tomatoes that we needed to give some away to our neighbors and friends. And those were planted in my container garden made of wooden pallet. This year I decided to grow tomatoes in pots and as I write these post they are all healthy and starting to have lots of blossoms. Here is a helpful tip on how to grow tomatoes in pots or even directly in your…Read more→
CONTAINER GARDENING: EASY VEGETABLES TO GROW

CONTAINER GARDENING: EASY VEGETABLES TO GROW

It's been a year since I wrote  my last post about container gardening and about my very own container garden. The last one was about making your own inexpensive planter box using pallets.  And if you read that post you will see how successful it was from the updates I shared last year while growing various vegetables and herbs in it. It has been a source of joy seeing my babies grow and bear fruits and crops. They supplied us with fresh and delectable produce almost all year round last year. Now, on its second year,…Read more→
Container Gardening: DIY Planter box from pallets

Container Gardening: DIY Planter box from pallets

I love planting and gardening, but the problem is we do not have a garden!  We do have a wide terrace though and the best solution I find is container gardening. Although it would be nice to plant directly on the ground, growing plants in pots or containers do have its own advantages, like it requires less or no weeding at all and the ease to move or rearrange pots anyway you like it or as the plants require (shade or sunlight at different seasons). There is also lesser hassle from garden invaders…Read more→
Container Gardening: Strawberry Planter

Container Gardening: Strawberry Planter

Create your own hanging strawberry planter! This spring, I replanted my strawberries on a self-made hanging planter. From the original 6 plants I bought two springs ago, we now have more than 4 dozens of them. We are also planning to add other variety of strawberries so we can have them earlier as well. I saw some really cool ideas in the internet about strawberry planters. The ready-made pots are too expensive (for someone as practical as I am anyway) and some other DIY planters require either tools I do not have or…Read more→
Container Gardening: Growing Strawberries

Container Gardening: Growing Strawberries

More than a year ago, I decided I want to plant strawberries. Buying them was not a problem, there are a lot of strawberry plants available in garden stores or even groceries and supermarkets in our area specially on the start of spring. So I got a tray with six plants. We didn't also have a garden lot in our old apartment so I planted them in 2 pots, 3 plants each. They are June-bearing variety so they produced only from summer to fall. Being a newbie to strawberry planting, I was a bit…Read more→
How to take care of orchids?

How to take care of orchids?

Help! My orchid is dying!!! Or so it looks like, right? But before you panic, calm down and read this article about Phalaenopsis Orchid Care. I love love love orchids!!! They look so pretty, dainty and elegant.  I’ve always like orchids but it was only until recently that I have the guts to be an orchid owner.  Well, that is not entirely true. It was more like I was forced into being one. You see a relative gave me a Phalaenopsis orchid (also known as "Moth" orchid, maybe because the flower resembles a moth?! duh!) for…Read more→
How to make your own indoor hanging herb garden

How to make your own indoor hanging herb garden

I like planting my own herbs. It is practical when you do not have to rush to the groceries whenever you need them and you are sure that no chemicals were used to grow them. You can grow them in pots outside when it is warm enough or even indoors during the cold seasons.  But other people might have problems with too less or small space to plant herbs indoors like in their kitchen, in my case the problem was having too much a space that is looking too bare or just plain…Read more→