Lemongrass and peas, maybe

The garden is on the upsurge, once again.  I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the gardenia and it seems to be thriving as long as I keep picking off the little bugs that gather at the blossoms.  The azalea seems to be suffering through all the wind that comes racing through the terrace at sunset and we will see if it ever blooms again.  So far, it’s putting out a nice amount of new foliage.  My free fern that came wrapped around the azalea has been putting up new fronds and as the new fronds unfurl, I’ve been clipping off the older browner leaves with the kitchen shears.

The rotation plan for the green onions is also doing really well.  Every time I pick one green onion, I push a new seed or two into the vacant soil.  I have four onions going at different stages of development.  The lettuce is once again in it’s last hurrah and I’m going to pull it up in the next few days.  However, I already planted the replacement lettuce and it is too small to eat, but coming along.

Last week, after several weeks of pondering, I broke down and bought the lemongrass plant I’ve been eyeing.  It was so root-bound I had to use the scissors to cut off some of the most offending masses.  I divided the plant, but put it in one large container.  Next time I do this I need to wear opera-length gloves, as I managed to slice up both arms to the elbow.

I also made it back to the horticulture store in the Centro.  Trips to the horticulture store are both exciting and disappointing.  I really want the people working there to be more knowledgeable.  But the seeds are so cheap, I feel like experimenting.  I ended up buying some peas and serrano chiles, I passed on the tomatoes for the moment.  The chiles were really an unnecessary expenditure.  I can get a few chiles every couple weeks for pennies at the abastos market.  Sometimes the venders even throw them in for free – I usually ask for three or four and it’s not worth the trouble to charge me if I’m buying other vegetables at the same time.  But, I’ve been wanting to have my own chiles and the plants can last for several years – if you treat them right.  Since a packet was only $5 pesos (~$0.40 US), I thought, why not give it a try.

I’ve purchaced peas a few times in the market and I decided after the last attempt to give up on the fresh peas.  They are old and square, starchy and hard.  These are not the peas I want to eat.  So now I have three pots with a pea seed in each and we will see what they do. The packet said the growing season was September to January.  This may be the practice round since I’m growing them out of season.  I know the weather has been extra warm and the peas shouldn’t like that, but the lettuce hangs on.

I wanted to know if they were going to need supports when I bought them and I asked the woman behind the counter, what kind of peas are these?  She replied: normal.

So, for more than one reason, I may need a practice run with these peas to see what I have and what they want.

I also asked about the tomato varieties and received unsatisfying answers.  Apparently, there are three kinds of tomato seeds:  round, oblong, and by the kilo.  hmmmm…..

The “by the kilo” seeds were also of the “round” variety.  I could see the labels on the seeds and wrote down the varieties so I could go home and look them up on the internet.  This is what I found: Flora Dade and Rio Grande.  Do you know anything about these?  I didn’t write down the “by the kilo” type since I have NO need for a kilo of tomato seeds.

I looked them up, and the descriptions used words like: firm, blocky and grown for market.  Other tomatoes are described as tasty or sweet and juicy.  These are not words used for Flora Dade or Rio Grande.  I am not convinced.

Other than the tomato mess, things are growing and growing and I’m excited to see what the peas will do.

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2 Responses to “Lemongrass and peas, maybe”

  1. Lemongrass and peas, maybe Says:

    […] Original post by Al otro lado […]

  2. David V. Says:

    Welcome to the ELT World forums, look forward to chatting with you.

    David V.

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