Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Desgning and planting a kitchen garden

Spring is the most exciting time in the garden for me. It is the time to design and plant my kitchen garden. In southern California, we get to start the kitchen garden in March itself. How wonderful is that! 
As I always say, a good garden begins with good soil. It is very important to improve the soil before planting. I mixed the soil with homemade compost. The second most important thing is to rotate the crops. That is the reason I maintain a journal so that I won't plant the tomatoes in the same bed for the next three years. 

Kale and arugula 


I like sit at the patio table with a cup of tea to plan the garden


I have a triangular plot for the kitchen garden. In that plot, we built sixteen raised beds. A lot of planning goes into designing the kitchen garden. With sixteen raised beds, I still feel like I don't have enough space to grow everything I want to.


All cool weathered crops are thriving at the moment.

Cucumbers 


Swiss chard



Perennial Ivy gourd


Tomatoes




Zucchini






 Hot peppers

Colored peppers


Beets


Moringa Tree


Curry leaf plant


Part of the kitchen garden



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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's day table

Mother's Day is around the corner. It is time to nurture the nurturer. My Mother's Day table is set in the garden with my favorite David Austin roses centerpiece.


















David Austin roses not only look good, they smell divine. Now I have a rule in the garden: if I have to replace any rose or vine in the garden, it is only with David Austin roses.








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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Flower arranging

Last week, my friends came for a visit from Boston. It is always good to spend time with the people we love. My friend Shobha and I share a love for cooking, flower arranging and table settings.  We did all of those things while they were here.


We had many cups of chai sitting in the patio overlooking the garden.


Last post I shared my front garden blooms. Here is one of the protea plants overloaded with blooms.



We harvested flowers from the garden. This is our loot from the garden.




Both of us arranged flowers for the entire house. The following one is for the kitchen table.


 One for the entrance table




Another one for the family room





We had lot of fun with the hobby we love, arranging flowers.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Front garden blooms

In spring, my front garden is filled with exotic blooms, such as Australian and South African native proteas, bougainvilleas, birds of paradise, agapanthus (which is not in bloom right now) along with fifty palm trees. This is my effort to create a tropical garden in sunny California. Please come along to tour my garden blooms.

Leucadendron "Red Eye". This is my most favorite at this time of year


Birds of Paradise






This is an another pincushion variety, called Leucospermum "Flame Giant"


Leucospermum "venesa". Another pincushion protea.


Doesn't it look like someone weaved a thin ribbon into the flower?





Pink Protea 



Leucodendron


For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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