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Tillandsia Blooms

Tillandsia
Tillandsia

Just happy with my Tillandsia giving off flowers. ūüôā

 

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Bitter Melon in My Yard Garden

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant
Bitter melon

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant
Bitter melon flower

Bitter melon or popularly known as ampalaya in the Philippines tasted bitter. Hehe ūüôā Seriously now… ¬†I love it, it’s one of my favorite vegetable and it’s really good with omelette . Others, especially the kids don’t like the bitter taste of it, so after chopping, the mother ¬†will squeezed it with salt to extract and remove the bitterness. I like it ¬†bitter where nutrients are not drained out. I tried it eaten raw, chopped with a dash of salt.¬†This would also make a perfect blend for sinuglaw, a recipe of mixed grilled meat and fresh raw fish cured in vinegar, lemon and spices. The young shoots were also good for cooking, even the leaves, I can add it with any dishes, but not too much because it will overpower the taste of your recipe.

Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya Plant
Flower turning to fruit
Bitter Melon/ Ampalaya
Sliced bitter melon

Planting this tropical climbing vine them does not need any major preparations. I just used the seeds taken out from the bitter melon which I bought from the local supermarket. I sow the seeds on the spot where I wanted them to grow. The ones that grow at the back of our house turned yellowish in color and not looking healthy maybe because the area was too hot for them. 

My bitter melon plant keep on producing ¬†fruit and my neighbors were also enjoying it. In just one seed there’s a lot of fruit to harvest. It’s worth to be planted in the yard.

Fern 10: Gelatinous fiddleheads

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

This furled frond of a young fern had a gelatinous substance covering the entire rachis  or the midrib of frond.

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

Some parts of it were insects trapped in the slime.  It made me think that the mucous covering  will served as its protection from the insects that feed on its sap.

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

And maybe, these ferns were sharing the same habitat together with insects that feed on young ferns. Well, just a thought.

Location: Buda/ Habitat: Forest/ Division: Pteridophyta

Growing Mung Beans

I decided to plant mung beans or commonly known in my country as Mongo beans out of curiosity. I wanted to see what and how they will turned out as they mature as plants. I only see them as seeds and sprouts. I was thinking that maybe planting mung beans will be just an easy task because I remember myself sprouting these seeds when I was still in grade school but I really never get the chance to see them full-grown.

Mung beans are nutritious and rich in protein. We can have them  at a low price and a cup of these beans can feed the family. Both the seeds and sprouts are commonly served in a variety of  Filipino dishes. Makes a good dessert too, like Halo-halo.

I remember when I still lived with my parents, before my mother will add the cooked beans to her recipe, she will saved some for me in a bowl. When it cooled down, I will add crushed ice, powdered milk and brown sugar or sweetened milk if there’s no powdered milk available, but I liked it more with powdered milk. ūüôā

Flowers turning to seed pods.
Flowers turning to seed pods.

Okay, back to my plant. I soaked the seeds in water until it germinated before sowing it out in the prepared bed at the backyard, where it can get a full sun. And I was right with the thought that they were easy to take care of.

Mung Bean Plant
Some pods changed to color black first

The seed pods were hairy and becomes hardy and brittle as it matures.

Mung Bean Plant
I think they’re healthy.
Mung Bean Plant
Vigna sp. Member of legume family (Fabaceae)

They changed in color from green, turned to darker color,¬†then to complete black.¬†I had to tie them for support as they tend stoop down. ¬†The black ones can be harvested and the shell ¬†gets drier and brittle as it matures. You don’t want the seeds to explode and shattered on the ground. I placed the pods in a metal pan, and had it sun-dried, to remove the excess moisture.

Mung Bean Plant
The mature seed pods.

After drying I stored the beans in the jar, I was so happy with the experience, seeing this plants grow and being able to harvest them.

Field of Cabbages on the Mountainside

Cabbages
Cabbages

As we we’re climbing up on a mountain, we passed by a field of cabbages. The farmers were still there taking off the weeds and most of them were women. We brought one huge cabbage head. The harvested crops will then be carried by a horse, the best and most fitted guy that can mount these vegetables crossing a terrain like this. It will then be picked up by a truck and ¬†delivered to the city’s markets.

Fern 9: Fern With Sorus on the Tip of the Frond

Fern
Sorus

Another type of fern where  clustered sporangia enveloped on the tip of the fertile fern frond.

Fern

This is how it looked like as a whole fern plant.

Fern
Fern with sorus on the tip of the fertile frond

 

Location: South Cotabato/ Division: Pteridophyta

Fern 8: Fiddleheads

Fern Fiddlehead
Fern’s fiddlehead

Fern FiddleheadThe sun was up already as I was walking on a damp and mossy trail not far away from the campsite one morning, I stumbled on to this beautiful fern’s fiddlehead.

Fern Fiddlehead

Fern's FiddleheadThe furled fronds of a young fern and its sori arrangement always get my attention. I find it amazing how they differ in look, structure and sizes. I even created  a little fernery in our yard.  Ferns help in cleansing the air. Ferns

When the fiddlehead  unfurl this is what it will become.

 

Location: South Cotabato/ Division: Pteridophytes