Category Archives: My Balcony Garden

Starcluster in my garden

Egyptian Starcluster aka Pentas Lanceolata. Pretty and comes into multiple colors too.

Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

The nectar-rich flowers grow in clusters over a long blooming season in the vibrant red, pink, and purple shades.

Starcluster
Starcluster

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Spinach in my Garden

spinach
spinach
spinach

So many benefits of eating Spinach : The calcium helps strengthen your bones to fight against injury, and vitamins A and C, fiber, folic acid, and other nutrients fight against colon and breast cancers. Also helps to lower damaging protein levels in the blood and can protect against high blood pressure and heart disease.

Growing : Sow the spinach seeds thinly in rows spaced about one to 1 1/2 feet apart or simply scatter the seeds in blocks. Cover lightly with soil, firm in place and water well. Keep the soil moist until germination.

I make Corn Palak, palak paneer, palak parathas and spinach ravioli. What all recipes you guys make out of Spinach? Do comment and let me know.

We got these seeds from Amazon :

https://www.amazon.in/ONLY-ORGANIC-Variety-Vegetable-Instruction/dp/B075GFVKG6?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_11140274031

My Different Peppers

Growing different kinds of peppers is such an amazing experience, Super easy to grow and the yield is always good with minimum work. We have grown and harvested Capsicums, green chilies, Jalapeños and my current ones are the piri piri peppers also known as bird’s eye chili ( we got the seeds from Goa).

Capsicums are an excellent source of vitamin A and C (red contain more than green capsicums). They are also a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin E, B6 and folate.

I pickle the Jalapeños and use it in pizza muffins, pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Jalapeños contains lots of vitamin C and vitamin B6.

Growing peppers is very easy, just take out the seeds, dry in shade and plant at least 10-15 inches apart in a well lit sunny place. Water regularly.

Capsicum
Capsicum
Capsicum
Shimla Mirch grown in Pune
Different Peppers
jalapenos
Count my Jalapenos
jalapenos
My Jalapeno
peppers
Great fun to harvest three different types of chillies at the same time – normal chili, capsicum and jalapeños.

Of Roses and Herbs

I love roses and we have some varieties of roses blooming in my balcony, yellows, oranges and deep pinks.

My Rangoon creeper (or Madhumalti or chinese honeysuckle) is also blooming beautiful small deep pink shades of flowers. These flowers are emanating a sweet fragrance in this rainy season and i am just loving it.

The feeling of sipping a hot cuppa coffee in midst of these beautiful fragrant flowers and the sound of lashing rains is amazing.

Orange rose
Love this one!!
Deep pink rose
Roses
Rangoon creeper
Rangoon creeper
Grandiflora

Autumn ZephyrLily, Zephyranthes candida

Beautiful white flowers, very easy to grow and amazing to look at.

Here, In Pune, they are all over the town in this monsoon season.

Other Info:

Also known as Zephyr lily and fairy lily, these are petite, reaching no more than a foot in height, mostly has white flowers but pink and yellow ones are also seen.
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Purslane flower. Beg, borrow, steal, do whatever but get this planted in your house this rainy season. Just needs a little soil and no special treatment as such. Ask your friend for a starter twig today. 🙂


Fruits of labour, bitter tasting though they may be. After 3 months of growing absolutely wildly and spreading everywhere in our balcony, we finally uprooted the bitter gourd vines. They yielded smaller fruit than we’d hoped for, but turned out very tasty just the same.

An amazing Stuffed Karela recipe coming up on the blog.


Our newest possession, a beautiful yellow rose plant. This pic is without any filter.

Love the deep yellow color.


Green Chilies, Hari Mirch from my Herb garden.
These are very mild and tastes amazing on everything from omelettes, to cheese chili toast and even pizza muffins.


Fresh Mint leaves, very fragrant and tastes delicious be it in chutneys, yakhni pulao, with kebabs or in mocktails.
Quiet useful for digestion as well, just chew and relish.


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