Grocery Store Plants: A Date With Dragonfruit

I couldn’t resist the corny title. I have a date plant and several tiny dragonfruit cacti growing on the windowsill right now. As you can see, I’ve got some other plants growing there as well. There’s a small orchid plant, a spider plant cutting, a mini lavender rose bush, and lilac bush cuttings. The date plant is the one that […]

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Farewell garden plot, hello new garden, and hello sprouted mango pit!

Hello all, I have news to share! I’ve moved out of my downtown apartment and into a house in a quiet neighbourhood. This has been both sad and exciting. Sad, because I had to give up my garden plot. I now live too far away from it to maintain it. However, I now have a garden outside my front door, which […]

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Back to grocery store plants: Sweet Granadilla and Rambutan

After a long break, I am growing grocery store fruits again! Over the past couple of years, most of my indoor growing experiments – pomegranate, peanut, and avocado, to name a few – have died of neglect. I’ve been so focused on vegetable gardening in my community garden plot that I didn’t make time for much else, which is a shame because grocery store plants are […]

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Growing grocery store plants: Tamarind PART 1

So it’s been a while since I’ve attempted to grow anything from a grocery store plant, but winter is coming so that means it’s time for some indoor entertainment. I will show you how to sprout tamarind seedlings. I chose to grow tamarind this time because a bunch of my recipes call for it. It is a sticky paste similar to dates […]

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How to grow an avocado plant from a grocery store avocado pit

This post is a spin-off from Growing Grocery Store Plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon. Due to the popularity of that post I am making a separate entry for the avocado plant instructions to make things more organized. GROWING AVOCADO There are two avocado plants on my windowsill, and each one was grown using a different method. METHOD ONE: DIRECT […]

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Growing passion fruit from grocery store seeds: Part 1

So I’ve been wanting to grow passion fruit for a while. It’s a beautiful plant. Flowers bloom on the vine, their petals white with purple fringe, the pistil large and prodtruding far from the center with its twisting stamens. It’s a flower that is exotic to me, living in Canada where passion fruit does not naturally grow. The only place that it might exist here in Ottawa is in a […]

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Grow your own peanut plant PART 3 (FINALE)

A continuation of Grow your own peanut plant PART ONE and PART TWO . . . . I know this update is long overdue and I apologize for making anyone wait for the final results.  I’m happy to report that the plant successfully produced several peanuts. Five of them, to be exact. Upon cracking them open, I was disappointed to […]

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This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

It is a Sunday afternoon in the middle of July. The mercury in the thermometer is climbing high and the sun shines brightly on my balcony. I step outside with a watering can, squinting, and within approximately 2.5 seconds the armpits of my 100% cotton t-shirt are soaked with sweat. The high-pitched humming of cicadas pierces through the chugging sound of a tortured air conditioner. Oh, lord. How am I supposed to get […]

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