First Harvest

This week in the Flog:

  • Harvesting the first crop!

Success! I’m gonna eat something from the garden! It’s been a fun adventure, and now it’s yielding results! This is going to be a quick post since I need to get back to eating the bounty from my garden.

The cucumber, the most aggressive grower of all the plants I bought, is yielding fruit first. Just look at this nice cucumber ready to be snipped:

Vegetable Harvest - Part 1

Large cucumber hanging in back, ready to be picked

The lettuce and spinach is also overdue to be thinned, so it looks like I’ll get my first salad out of the garden!

Vegetable Harvest - Part 2

The spinach and lettuce look beautiful, but are in need of thinning

Now check out this nice bowl of produce, right from my very own balcony garden, grown naturally and organically. This was grown without any direct sunlight, in limited space on the balcony of a 20th floor apartment in the middle of Manila, one of the biggest and most crowded cities in the world. You don’t need to live in a rural (or even remotely rural) area to enjoy fresh, organically grown vegetables straight from the garden.

Vegetable Harvest - Part 3

Nothin’ like your own home-grown vegetables, organic and everything…

I tried thinning out the paler lettuce plants since they’re not producing much good stuff anyway. I think maybe the romaine needs more sun than that location can provide.

There is nothing like eating vegetables right from your own garden. There are so many good reasons to enjoy your own vegetables. First is the time that you spent growing them, watching them start from nothing and grow up. I think that is the best part for me – cultivating a great garden from scratch. When you see a sprout pop outta the ground, and then look at it 4 weeks later when it is a large plant already, it’s just a great feeling.

And the taste, wow!! What a difference fresh produce makes! Finally some reward for the work put in!! It is simply amazing how much better it tastes. Even half a day in the fridge affects the flavor of the lettuce and spinach. And the cucumbers are beautifully crisp and juicy. They are bright white inside and full of clear crisp juice – just delicious!

We have lots of leftover cucumber so we’re using them for various things – salads, alone with vinegar and pepper, and in the water pitcher. The water from the pitcher tastes deliciously of cucumber – not bitter at all like you get sometimes from the store.

Well I’ll go back to my cucumber salad now. I know many of you have large gardens yielding all kinds of bounty. Share your experience with everyone to help inspire us small-time growers.

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