BΛRE ROOTS

My name is Jaya and welcome to BARE ROOTS: a collection of photographs and ramblings about my garden. I don't know much about gardening but my dad and I have always wanted to grow (most of) our own food. We are in the process of turning our backyard into our own little fruit and veg haven. Let's hope this works!

All photos on this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

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wild mushrooms are taking over my lawn :-) 

sorry for not posting lately, i’ve been super busy with uni and exams and volunteering :-( but i will be back as soon as i sort all my uni stuff out!

permaqueer asked: i have very strong feeeelings (of love and explosions) towards this here bloggggg

aw thank you :3

remember these seeds? well here are the results!
pomegranate seedlings :-)
the shoots actually came up in about 5 days after planting, but this is after a month!

remember these seeds? well here are the results!

pomegranate seedlings :-)

the shoots actually came up in about 5 days after planting, but this is after a month!

weibearie asked: OMG!!! I saw your page and got so excited!!! Your plants looks amazing!!! Keep up the good work😊 Also I have no real question~ haha Just praise!

ahh thank you! you’re too kind :)

a few days ago, i found this weird moth sitting on my window and totally freaked as i had never seen a critter like that before! after a little research it turns out that this particular type of moth is called the melonworm moth.

the name pretty much explains why i’ve been finding so many little, green worms on the leaves of my watermelon plants and also explains why almost all the watermelon leaves are chewed up, brown and wilted :(

the larvae of these weird little critters like to feed on plants from the cucumber family, which includes melons. but (thankfully?) they only eat the leaves and not the fruit!

(Source: instagram.com)

yesterday’s haul: chinese bitter melon & green capsicums

yesterday’s haul: chinese bitter melon & green capsicums

started a new project last night! trying to grow a (hass) avocado tree from seed. learn how to grow your own avocado tree here.

first (of three) grapefruit seedling :-)

first (of three) grapefruit seedling :-)

hyggehaven asked: Would you be interested in swapping seeds for the curry tree? I think they would have to be shipped wet, but it would be very cool to have as a houseplant (since it's a small tree).

ah i’m so sorry but we gave the seeds away to some family friends just yesterday (indians love having curry trees, i guess haha) :(  i’m not sure where you live but it may not be possible to send seeds even if i had them due to customs rules and stuff (especially here in australia)! i’m sure you can buy them fairly cheaply online though. if you live in australia, check out this site or this site for curry tree seeds (i’m not sure if either of those sites ship internationally though). i’m so sorry!

inside the first melon from our garden! i think it could have ripened a little more, the flesh was a light pink and a lot of the seeds were still white. it was sweet, crisp & very juicy with a slight sour bite to it (defs should have let it ripen a little more before harvesting). according to a lot of gardening sites, you can tell if a watermelon is ready by tapping it to hear a hollow sound (we definitely heard that with this melon) but i don’t think this method is totally reliable. another trick my mum’s friend told me is that the melon is ready to harvest when the leaves at the stem (where it attaches to the rest of the plant) have wilted. i think i’ll try that trick with the other 5 melons that are still growing.