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Tuesday, 18 June 2019
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Volume 5
Kitchen Garden

KITCHEN GARDEN

 

ImageFor our kitchen garden we bring you the plants most simple to plant in the backyard without much preparation. Following the guidelines in preparing the borders one can prepare the base for the planting of cucumber. This is a climber and all one need is to prepare a tripod or an obelisk for it to climb on. Bamboo stakes will be useful for the construction especially when one has a clump of bamboo growing in the garden. In addition, the borders prepared can also be planted with ananas another easy plant to grow in the back garden.

Cucumber or 'timun' (Cucumis sativus) These are annuals, trailing vines that can grow up to 1-3m but there are also a few compact bush cultivars. The immature fruits are eaten raw, pickled or cooked in soup. Cucumber transplant badly, so seeds should be sown in situ 2cm deep at the side of a small mound. Plant a few seeds in a hole and later the seedlings can be thinned to one seedling after germination. Pot planting is also possible. Let the plant trail up supporting fences...
Garden Design

GARDEN DESIGN

 

ImageClient Profile
A young newly married couple moved into their newly acquired and renovated apartment on the third floor of a condominium block. The apartment has a balcony of a reasonable size and they would like it to be "dressed" because the balcony is the area first viewed when visitors enter the front door.

The Design
Since the view from the balcony is not at all inspiring as it overlooks the rooftops of the terrace houses below, we decide to give a "wow" effect to the balcony by planting the Rangoon creeper (Quisqualis indica).

Garden Spread

Kuzi Kambing (Lamb Kuzi)

 

ImageThis is an old recipe grandma has passed down which could have originated from the middle east considering the ingredients such as lamb, raisins, almonds and tomatoes plus a combination of simple spices. The dish is usually prepared for a 'kenduri' where rice might not be served but buns or bread is the accompanying staple. However, for the normal rice meal nowadays one can come across the kuzi being served with accompaniments like 'acar timun' and 'nanas' as well as 'sambal belacan' or chilli dip.

Garden Art & Craft

Making Pressed Roses

 

ImageRoses are loved by everyone. Besides the beauty, the smell of roses is believed to be good for health. However, one needs to be careful about smelling roses because of the chemicals used to ascertain better growth. It is such a sad thing to see a nice bouquet of roses wilting and finally dropping onto the floor. One will wonder if anything could be done to save the beautiful roses.

I have good news for those who like to keep their roses. They can either make them into beautiful dried roses, pressed roses or even potpourri. However for all these purposes, the roses must be very fresh to begin with in order to make proper dye absorption possible.

It is advisable for the roses to be dyed before they are even used in arrangement. Dyeing is done in the same way as in orchids (refer to the previous issue of Garden Asia). The dyeing concept for roses is given in the plate. If one has a bundle of roses, then a bucket containing dye solution (3 inches from the base) may be used. One may remove some of the lower leaves and cut the bases of the stems before placing them in the bucket to ease absorption. The dye absorption process may take 2-4 hours depending on available light (faster on a bright day and slower on a gloomy day).

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