Herbs & Spices · Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, the confidence booster

When trying to grow a farm on a semi-outdoor balcony facing east in the subtropics, let down is inevitable. Lack of sunlight is always the underlying issue, accompanied by often intense warm temperatures for months. But how to never lose motivation and keep going? To believe that having some plants is better than growing nothing at all?… Continue reading Lemon balm, the confidence booster

The Accidental Celery · Vegetables

Regrowing celery: bottom or heart?

I love my celery plant. From my earlier experiments, I already know that I can easily regrow celery using celery bottoms, which are often thrown away as kitchen scraps. However, there are some differences on my celery plant compared to the store-bought produce, namely slimmer stalks and overall leafier plant. I'm not sure if these issues can… Continue reading Regrowing celery: bottom or heart?

Bell Peppers · Vegetables

Bell Peppers, will you ever bloom?

There has been many instances throughout this balcony farming journey where I have felt incompetent, especially when facing dead plants, seeds that seem to never sprout, and seedlings that seem to never grow. But there are also pleasant surprises bringing irreplaceable joy, such as when certain plants unexpectedly thrive. Growing bell peppers was a it-might-not-work-but-I'm-going-to-try-anyways… Continue reading Bell Peppers, will you ever bloom?

Herbs & Spices · Siam King & Queen

Taiwanese Basil: all grown up!

Haven't written about my taiwanese basil 九層塔 plants, who I nicknamed siam king (白骨 green/white stemmed) & siam queen (紅骨 purple/red stemmed, not to be confused with the actual siam queen cultivar of thai basil), for almost two months now. I started them from cuttings, letting them root in water, before planting them in soil. From… Continue reading Taiwanese Basil: all grown up!

Herbs & Spices · Lemon verbena

Lemon verbena and I: relationship status it’s complicated

My relationship with lemon verbena 檸檬馬鞭草 is complicated. Lots of mixed signals, and I'm not sure we have decided whether we enjoy each other's company. But there is no denying that it does smell good, and is (secretly) among one of my favorite scents in my balcony farm. It all began on March 22nd, with me picking… Continue reading Lemon verbena and I: relationship status it’s complicated