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My Persimmon in The End of Fall

Its beauty.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in North California. My persimmon tree is bearing beautiful red ripe fruits and wonderful yellow leaves, red leaves, orange leaves and green leaves on the tree at the same time. I can not describe enough how beautiful the tree is!

Its fruits.

Now it is almost the end of autumn. My persimmon tree’s leaves are changing color each day, from green to yellow, to orange and then to red. Some of them already fell on the ground. Its fruits are ready to harvest. I picked some of them. Birds also pecked at a few too.

Its type.

My persimmon is self-fruiting. I do not need to plant in pairs. Its fruits can be eaten while they are firm or soft. They are called non-astringent fruits, but they are sweeter when they become soft. Do you like persimmon? if yes, why not planting one?

As a Tiny Piece of My Life


An only red rose in my garden
for this time of the year.
When my dear valentine’s arriving fast
a unique gift for my loved wife.
I’m on the unemployment benefit.
In spring with a global warming climate,
my avocado tree bears full of beautiful foliage
with white flowers beneath green leaves.
No fruits set seen on the tree yet
due to a coming of thirty-mile-wind speed.
My golden delicious apple tree’s smiling with countless flowers.
I thought that I would have many fruits.
But a cold day accidentally visited.
Most flowers got hit badly.
My hope dies like my apple flowers did.
Less apples for me, for birds, and squirrels this fall.
I call it such a life.
All are sad flowers and dark clouds in the limitless sky.
Just waiting for the next spring season to arrive.
Never be certain and be bright in my life.
HT 5/19/17

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How To Grow Chives

Chives can propagate from seeds or divisions, but it is easier to grow and faster to harvest from divisions than from seeds in my opinion. If you let seeds of chives flowers fall on the ground in autumn, they will become chives seedlings later in the following spring after rain or water.
I usually let some of my chives flower in order to get young chives every year. Chives normally hide in winter but come back in spring with beautiful green thin leaves. Chives thrive in a location full of sun with well drainage and need watering regularly in summer.
Black ants?
I recall one time I planted chives in the pot, but later, there were a lot of small black ants marching on all my beautiful chives’ leaves. From that time I have not been interested in planting in a pot any more. Although I can get rid of the ants by washing them off and keep the chives pot soil consistent moist every day, I feel that’s not a practical solution for me.
To harvest chives.

To harvest chives I cut individual chives from the bottom above soil level about one inch. After that I water them regularly, and about two weeks I can harvest them again. It seems to me, the more frequent I harvest the more tender and subtle leaves I get. If I do not harvest them about one month they might have flowers, which will have black seeds later. Their white flowers are beautiful and edible. Chives is a herb like any other herb, which may have side effects. It’s safe to check it out, right?. Thank you for reading. I will write another topic on Saturday.

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How I have My White Flower Chives

I remember several years ago, one of my friends gave me a division of chives in spring. I planted them in a location full of sun with well drainage in my tiny garden. I watered them regularly, especially in summer. Chives died down to ground in winter and came back again strongly in spring. I still have them now. They have beautiful thin, straight green leaves and long curved green leaves in summer. They are ready to harvest.

I Grow Chives

Why I grow chives.
Chives can be a substitute for green onions. If you love soups like me, many kinds of soups such as chicken soup, shrimp soup etc. or creamy dishes like smashed potatoes, etc.. You can add chopped chives in them.

If you try Vietnamese foods, needless to say, a lot of Vietnamese foods need chives such as bánh bèo, bánh hỏi, mὶ xào, bánh ước etc.. Chives is a favorable herb added to them. I will write more on next Wednesday. Thank you for reading!


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To Grow Chili Pepper From Seeds

I am not really a fan of chili pepper, but other members in my family are, so I started growing many kinds of peppers several years ago.
Every other year, around March, I start a job of planting chili pepper from seeds. This time, I only planted small round and small thin types of red peppers. Those peppers have a very hot taste, especially the round one, which makes me have a runny nose when eating them.
Sometimes, I have to eat them, because most of the delicious dishes, which my wife has cooked, contain a lot of hot peppers.

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Following are the steps to grow chili peppers from seeds.
1. Sowing:
Remove seeds from pepper fruits, then lay them down in a soil pot. Sprinkle soil lightly over them.
2. Watering:
Peppers germinate and grow better at a moist soil temperature around 75 F degree. So water the soil and keep it warm by covering it for about a 2 weeks period if needed. When seeing seedlings appear, remove the cover.
3. Transplanting.
Keep watering until seedlings grow about 6 inches tall, then transplant them out. I usually transplant them into soil pots.
4.Keep watering:
Check the soil is moist enough for the plant to facilitate growing. You will see flowers come out after a few weeks.
5. Harvesting:
After 5 months or so when the fruits change color to red, it is time to harvest. Peppers can be kept in the cold section of a fridge for use year round. Enjoy!

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My Chili Pepper Plant

My colorful chili pepper plant was grown last summer. It is still alive and producing fruits. The plant has green, yellow, violet, and red fruits at the same time, so it is called a colorful chili pepper plant, right?.

In some parts of the world, pepper is an added part of people’s meals to help their meals become more enjoyable by taste. I like chili peppers but not very hot ones. How about you?
Here are more photos of chili peppers I have grown:

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Jewel-Toned Beets in My Small Garden

Red beet.
It’s red Jewel-Toned beet. I sowed it in late summer last year. I didn’t harvest last year, so it had been staying there for almost a year. It was in the middle of summer with dry soil. I didn’t water it sometime, but it still survived. Its leaves were ready to harvest. Only a few burnt spots on the leaves were noticed as shown in the photo below. I harvested it in late this summer.

Candystripe beet.
Another one was Candystripe Jewel-Toned beet which was sowed in this spring. The candystripe beet’s leaves were bigger and greener, but their midribs and veins had less purple red. I harvested it in late summer. Its root was bigger than the root of red beet, and stripes in its cross section were beautiful.

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I Grow Beet

Beet is not hard to grow. Both its root and leaves can be used as foods. Its dark green leaves with purple red midribs and veins running artistically on their blades fascinate me. I like its natural glowing red colors of juice being seen when boiling its root.
Although I have not seen nutrients of raw beet nutrition in the USDA database, the database instead shows canned beets are a source of fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6. I have learned that I should have a variety of foods with different natural colors such as green, red, yellow, and the list goes on in my plate. So why not try growing beets?

How to grow beets from seeds.
Buy a packet of beet seeds from a nursery and follow the guidelines on the packet or if you want, you could do as below.
1. Choose a well-drained soil location with full sunlight for about 6 hours a day.
2. Sow seeds about 0.5 inch deep after the last spring frost (either late February or early March depending on where you live) or late summer.
3. Water regularly until seedlings appear.
4. Thin seedlings about one foot apart in all directions by removing weak ones.
5. Continue watering them to keep the soil moist.
6. Mulch beet plants to reduce water evaporation.
You will see beautiful beet plants in about four weeks. You will also harvest their roots approximately after another four weeks if you want. I hope that you will have the best quality beet roots and beet leaves. They are delicious. Enjoy!

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My Short Story On Eating Kailan

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Kailan is a popular vegetable in Asia. Its dark green leaves and stalks are delicious after they have been boiled in water with or without a little oil or after stir-frying.
I remember one day when I went to the wedding party of my old classmate, the restaurant offered us a vegetarian dish of kailans only. I thought that the kailans were stir-fried with a lot of oil because I saw the kailans were glossy, oily green. They were lustrously lying straight on the plate and disappeared quickly.
Now I think more cooking oil in kailans might lure eaters’ appetite. How do you think? I do not want to use a lot of oil for cooking. How about you?

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