Last year when I first read about the Green Blog Project, I was very excited as we had so many veggies growing in our backyard and this was a good event to participate in. I was a month old in the food blogging world and it was one of the first few events that I participated in. I made vegetable fried rice from carrots and beans and tomato thokku from tomatoes grown in my backyard.
After sending my entries I was eagerly waiting for the roundup and was amazed at all the other entries. I usually stick to traditional and easy growing veggies. But after looking at the roundup, I was surprised to see so many people growing traditional Indian veggies with such ease. This effort started by InjiPennu has encouraged a lot of food bloggers to grow their own vegetables either be it in small containers/pots or a big backyard.
I had totally dismissed the idea of growing anything in winter. When Mandira of Ahaar hosted the GBP winter/spring 2007 event and gave us some very good tips on growing veggies in winter, I was motivated and decided to grow some mint, curry leaves and lime in pots, indoors. My entry for the event was Curry Leaf Powder.
After seeing all the enthusiasm from fellow bloggers, I very gladly accepted to host the Green Blog Project - Summer 2007(April-Oct) event. This will be a very good motivation for me to try out new veggies this time. I have already planted carrots, radishes, spinach and lettuce seeds outside in my vegetable bed. I have a strawberry patch (a perennial for Colorado) that is beginning to flower. I have also started seeds inside for tomatoes, bell pepper and eggplant in small seed starters.
Some helpful tips for starting seeds indoors:
* Follow package directions carefully.
* Start in small 2 inch pots/dishes or use cardboard egg cartons.
* Use the seed starter soil available in most stores, as it contains pellets that
help to retain moisture, which is very important for seeds and young seedlings.
* When the right time comes to move the saplings outside, do it carefully. Try to
expose the plant to the outside in stages, as in 2 hrs a day for a few days and
then 4hrs and then 8hrs and finally either leave them in pots outside or plant them
in your backyard.
Many kinds of tropical seeds can be bought at the following online stores.
Garden Web and Daves Garden answers most gardening questions. The garden watchdog feature in daves garden helps you choose online seed/plant stores based on reviews.
Please find the guidelines to the event listed below. From previous experiences (read browsing through comments in other entries to get more info about how to start the plant and tips) I have also added a few suggestions to the usual guidelines.
* Grow your own vegetable/fruit. (yes fruits are also included)
* Use the vegetable/fruit as the main ingredient and post an entry by Oct 1, 2007.
* Post pictures of your plant and the dish on your blog. (Both the plant picture and
the picture of the recipe have to be posted)
* Email the following details by Oct 1, 2007 to email@example.com
Name of vegetable/fruit/plant:
Name of dish prepared:
I will be doing a roundup by Oct 10, 2007.
Every time I read a post about growing vegetables the first thing I want to know is can I grow it where I live, how to grow it and where to buy the seed/plant from. So along with the above set of guidelines it will be very useful if you could write a little about your place (zone/weather pattern/climate), special tips/suggestions/methods that you use to help your plant grow healthy, where you bought the seeds/plant from and if you grow it in a pot or your backyard.
I am open to suggestions from all you guys to help make this event useful and exciting for all of us.