Growing In The Garden

Sunday, May 24, 2020


Spending time in our garden is something I used to do when I was little. But now at 24, I find myself back here again, and it's where I help out with gardening and where I watch life grow in the peaceful quiet mornings.

My garden is also where I find most of my inspiration lately. My idle mornings spent soaking up some warm sunshine allows for me to ponder and play with my thoughts more than usual. I'm really thankful that my dad thought about having an open space when our house was built, and I'm all the more thrilled that he started planting even more vegetables and fruit-bearing plants since the quarantine period started.

I'd like to think our family is inclined towards green places, such as gardens and national parks, so much that it's part of our itinerary whenever we go on family trips. More than a place of learning, relaxing, and appreciating nature, it is all the more a place where we get to personally see God's hand in everything He created in different parts of the world. Seeing the beauty, admiring the detail, and learning about the purpose of each plant renders me in awe each time. So yes, I think visiting botanical gardens in any country you find yourself in is a great idea.

But meanwhile, we focus on where we are, what we have, and what we can grow. Here's what we've been growing lately. Welcome to our garden ~


Here's the before and after of one of our tomato plants. I remember my dad telling me we needed to cheer this little guy on. Sure enough, after weeks of consistent care and sunshine, this little guy turned from green to red, ready to be picked.



More tomatoes basking under the warm morning sun. 


We already have a full grown calamansi (Philippine Lime) tree, however my dad planted another one, and I'm excited for this one to bear fruit too. Here it is, in its flowering stage. Its flowers remind me a bit of sampaguitas, mostly because of its white and tiny features. Calamansi has many uses; I personally like to squeeze and sprinkle some of its juices on my pancit (noodles) dishes for that slight sour taste!


Here are some kamote (sweet potato) leaves. It took me a while to love eating kamote, but I do love eating its leaves, they're really good! These grew so fast; as you can see, its over flowing out from the drums where they've been planted. 


This is our duhat (java plum) tree, and I'm excited to harvest these once they've ripened. It's sour in taste, and it's fun to eat, because they leave color stains on our tongues, usually. These plums will turn purple in due course, let's all eagerly wait for that to happen! 


This is our malunggay (Moringa) tree. I personally don't like malunggay, or it's probably with how it's cooked here in our home, but for me it has a very strong taste. In order to reap most of its nutritional benefits though, it's best to eat it as it is, and not mixed into any other dish. Honestly, I eat this only because I know it's good for my health.. 

I remember when we used to take care of love bird pets, we used to feed them lots of these. They ate it so much, that their beaks had green stains. Good for them though, they were surely healthy that time. 


Let's not forget about my succulent babies! I've had a big succulent for the longest time, and his name was Pepito. Sadly after years of productive life (he grew out so many heads, and now he left me with 4 of these plump juniors), he eventually shriveled out. I'm grateful for these little ones, and I hope to keep them alive and make Pepito proud. 


These are my favorite! These are our pechay (bok choy) plants and they taste really good. They take some time to grow though, for around a month. I'm excited for our next batch to grow. As much as I want for them to grow fast, as everything around here in the garden is organic, I have to be patient and let them do their magic in their own time. 


We have guava trees as well. I honestly don't like eating guavas; I just don't like the taste, but yet again, it's very nutritious. It cures my colds almost instantly. Why is it that my least favorite vegetables and fruits ones are usually what's good for us? 


Here is me transplanting this papaya plant. More than what can be seen in the surface, I'm growing even more fascinated by the roots of a plant. Often these remain hidden underneath the soil, yet these roots are the foundation, and the one that holds the plant firm onto the ground. Can we give a minute and appreciate these unsung heroes? 


Here is our apple mango! My mom asked me to harvest this one morning, and I obliged. Once I plucked it out from the tree, the sap came out and it had the sweetest smell ever. I then proceeded to slicing this up and placing it into my bowl of oats. It was the best way to start my morning.


In closing of this blog entry, let me share with you the blooms as well. Perhaps to add in some more vivid color, other than green!




If I were to think back to this time, of this season of staying home, I will for sure remember my mornings in the garden; of the warm sunshine and of the joy of being surrounded by greenery.

I also think, about how nice it is to be eating what we plant, as it surely took a lot of time, care, and intention to grow these. Indeed, it's a blessing that God gave us the strength to cultivate these plants, and for Him to cause them to grow.
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I hope you enjoyed my mini garden tour of sorts! These are the different kinds of vegetables and fruits growing here in our garden, in the tropical part of the earth. I plan to share some more gardening moments and garden pickings over at my Instagram some time soon.

Are you growing any plants at the moment? What kind of plant is it? I'd love to know : - ) and as always, thank you for your time with me.


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16 comments

  1. Oh wow you area really growing A LOT! I thought about maybe doing a vegetable garden this summer. I just bought some new plants for my space and want to get a few more.

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    1. A vegetable garden sounds like a great idea for the summer! It's lovely having plants around, so I'm definitely excited for you as you fill up your space with greens :)

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  2. ahh i love this! i’ve been super inspired to garden lately. just gotta fix up out backyard first. do you feel like it’s an expensive hobby?

    Xx http://theactivespirit.com/

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    1. I'm excited for you, Disa! Time flies by whenever I'm in the garden and helping out.. so it may take time to fix things around, but it's all worth it. It's not an expensive hobby, and it's fulfilling when you get to eat your own produce. :) you can recycle bottles and plant seeds there too! As for the tools, the basic ones should be good such as gloves, scissors, shovel.. depends on how big or small your space is, but it can be easily setup!

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  3. You have a wonderful garden!

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    Lovely

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    1. Thank you for your time in reading through my mini garden tour, Lovely! ♡♡♡♡

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  4. Your garden is beautiful! I love malunggay! I like it in soup :) I'm glad the birds like them.

    Mari | https://i--am--mari.blogspot.com/

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    1. I would agree malunggay is great in soup and when thrown into other dishes, perhaps that's the only time I appreciate them :))

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  5. Love how nostalgic these pictures are and the relationship you have with your garden! ♡

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    1. Thank you dear ♡♡♡!! Garden time is a time I look forward to now, daily. Hope your week is great so far :") stay safe and well always!

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  6. This was a feast for the eyes. I remember how big, and open your garden was. Defs a nice place to have tea/coffee chats!

    Sher | http://simplysherlyn.blogspot.com

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    1. It has changed greatly now, with lots of vegetables and much more plants. Would love to have you over again some day.. (let's ask my mom haha!!!)

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  7. This was the sweetest post! I loved getting to see a tour of your garden. My family has always loved gardening, but I've never had a green thumb myself. I'm hoping that changes soon, because I want to fill my new house with plants galore! Loved the story about sweet Pepito. :-)

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    1. Thank you Erin!! ♡♡ filling your house with lots of plants is a great plan; I'm excited for you, and am cheering you on :D I'm grateful Pepito left some children, and hope they can grow as big as him. Thank you for your time with me here!

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  8. I'm jealous you guys have a garden! We live in an apartment so no garden space for us. I'm trying to create an indoor garden though :D I've never heard of an apple mango and now I really want to try it!

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    1. An indoor garden sounds great! I think it's possible to have a garden even if you have a small space. :) I think I shall write about it some time soon. Apple mango reminds me of the dried mango snack; it's just the right amount of sweet, at least for me. Some mangoes can be /too/ sweet.. most of the time. Haha! Thank you for your time on here, Deasy! ♡

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