How does my garden grow… Chillies , mangoes and Gourds…


There are no silver bells and cockles shells…but I have seedlings… my garden is growing…welcome to an update…hopefully by updating and rescheduling it will flummox the damn spammers…

Having found a new market place I am filling my garden with some unusual plants and fruits…from seeds to seedlings all is well…if only I didn’t have to share my seedling with the birds…sigh…if I didn’t feed them I could understand…

Hubby had a good idea to try and thwart the little darlings…  my seeds and tiny seedlings I have transferred to my second kitchen…most Thai houses like mine have them… a sort of enclosed but open-air kitchen if that makes sense…A gas hob which is great for Thai stir-fries and my second oven but there is still lots of room for my seedlings it is warm and humid and the birds can’t feast on my seedlings… they are out of the sun it’s like a greenhouse…

This purple mango is so beautiful I know I have a few years to wait for the fruit but it will be worth it…although one of my gardening friends has told me as I started with a little tree rather than a seed I may get some mangoes sooner…smile…

One of the beautiful purple mango trees now has its permanent spot… I am still deciding on where to put the other one but for now, it is in my plant nursery…update it is now in a pot as the permanent home I chose was the wrong one the other bushes grew quicker and blocked the sun….the brightly coloured little rainbow treasure chilli seeds which I planted in the eggshells last week have just started to peek their heads through the soil… one yesterday and another 4 today …however they are not rainbow chillies they are bog standard red chillies which is ok as I use a lot of chillies…I won’t be buying seeds from that seller again…you live and learn as they say…

Our Chocolate Habanero chilli plant arrived yesterday smaller than I hoped but strong and with lots of little offshoots…

The Chocolate habanero is from Jamaica. It is also known as “Congo Black” or “Brown Scotch Bonnet”. The plant grows to about 1 metre in a pot and would probably grow bigger in the ground. … This is one of the hottest Habaneros measuring over 400.000 SHUs units.

The long pepper has now been staked and is climbing there are also quite a few little long peppers appearing…

This plant has been growing well and producing lots of long peppers which I am drying…

The purple melon is a little sturdy seedling but growing well a few months and they should be well established…Pepino melons like most purple fruits and vegetables are a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, and are rich in dietary fibre.

Again I eagerly await the fruit as it is supposed to be very nice…I have decided my first dish will be a nice salsa…

The white Taiwanese Bitter gourd has been planted, so they will start appearing within the next 7-10 days…fingers are crossed…

taiwanese white papaya

These are stunning-looking fruit and the seedlings I gave to my neighbour have also produced fruit….

The coriander and grapow (Holy Basil) are growing well…

Today I will be planting some more Horapa seeds, a Thai sweet Basil…both these basils are true annuals which means it has to be replanted each year…

Thai - Basil- horapa

I have discovered a Clove Basil which is a new one for me…hopefully, I can get some seeds or seedlings…

Clove Basil has much larger leaves than regular basil and is nicknamed “tree basil” the plant can reach 3 metres tall hence its name. It is an aromatic perennial herb the oils in the leaves give off an intense clove aroma with the occasional notes of thyme. Mature plants develop edible, white flowers that have a slightly feathery appearance and are bitter compared to the sweet and spicy leaves of other basils…

Thank you for reading this post if you have tips on growing any of these or you have grown any of these plants and fruits please leave a comment I love to chat and any tips are gratefully received…Carol x

52 thoughts on “How does my garden grow… Chillies , mangoes and Gourds…

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  2. robbiesinspiration

    This is interesting, Carol, including what you said about the vendor of the seeds. I’ve never tried to grow chilies, but we have grown other veg and some thrive and some don’t – it really depends on soil quality and conditions.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes it can be a problem here the first time I have come across it but many warn about buying seeds online or from a market.. And you are correct.. I am watching some mangoes grow all planted at the same time and some doing far better position as well as soil quality all count I am learning by seeing… Fussy little things some plants like us I think we like our ideal conditions don’t we? ❤️

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      1. Jigisha

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  4. OIKOS™-Editorial

    Thats a little bit looking like in paradise. I never before had seen so colorful plants. I am sure somewhere in Thailand is a plant directly also produces chocolate bars. :-)) Nothing impossible! Michael

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh I am sure its not, Diana…I love to see a vegetable garden like my dad had… rows of beautiful veg…I am just experimenting because I can here but we have all the normal things on the farm which are beautiful and fresh just like I am sure yours are…but yes those mangoes are so pretty…Have a lovely weekend 🙂 x

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I too share my plants and fruit …the squirrels and birds which I don’t mind as long as they leave me something..their favourite being mangoes and jack fruit xx

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  6. Jacquie Biggar

    I think I’d skip the chocolate habanero, though it looks really cool (now that’s a misnomer, lol). The purple mango and bitter gourd are so unique!
    My Holy Basil and is up and we just planted the wing bean- can’t wait to see what they look like!
    Happy Easter, Carol ❤

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Absolutely to an extent it was my first husband who encouraged me to experiment and did I have some…but it meant I then encouraged my kids to at least try something and they do..which is wonderful and it opens up a whole new world …Have a great weekend , Liz 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh cool.. I was going to ask you.. I am just realising with my plants how position is key.. Happy Easter to you Jacquie can’t wait to see the outcome of your seeds.. exciting.. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      So far so good..of course I have my disasters I think we all do its just we also have ideal conditions for many plants to flourish but thank you for your kind words, dear Dolly 🙂 x

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  7. Jim Borden

    that’s quite the variety you’ve got – I wish you the best with all your plants. And I have to admire your patience in waiting several years for the purple mangoes!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Some things are worth waiting for I am however keeping my eyes out for a mature tree and then I won’t have to wait so long for fruit if not its 5 years but hopefully I’ll have other fruits to enjoy and help wile away the time xx

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  8. momsjourney

    Wow such an amazing garden Ms Carol!
    Your purple mangoes looks great and I think I would love to dip it with shrimp paste💞
    Also your white Taiwanese Bitter gourd looks fairy and fantastic 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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