Grandma’s Garden September 6, 2010

As I had mentioned in my previous post that it’s a good thing that Grandma doesn’t have any neighbor nearby since her chickens are very happy and vocal at times. She lives about 1 hour drive from us but mostly on the country road so it is a pleasant drive to visit her.

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She has lemongrass and in few areas of her garden she grows papaya trees.  It’s getting late into the summer and I don’t think her papaya trees will produce any fruit this year.

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More papaya trees.

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Chili pepper is a must to have in a Lao kitchen garden.

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I was showing one of my coworkers the blue eggs and she said that she saw the strangest plant that I could blog about, she knows by know that I blog about anything.  The lady at her church has a hanging plant in her front porch and it has white eggs hanging from it.  She said that it was hard to the touch and her friend told her that it would change to various colors during the year and it’s called an Easter egg plant.  I couldn’t picture the plant so I searched Google and the only thing that came up was the Easter eggplant and showed her the picture. Here is one that I took at the County Fair in 2008 and she said yes, it’s the same plant. I told her that I knew what it was, it’s a different breed from the Thai Eggplant and you could eat it.  She asked if I would crack it open like an egg, I was amused by her comment.

It’s actually the same as the Thai Eggplant that Bo’s mom has in her garden here, just a different breed of it.

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She grows rows and rows of soybeans.

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Young Kaffir Lime trees.

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She said that this is Pak Tum Nin in Lao language, I believed it’s the same as Pak Tum Luing in Thai language. The tip of the fruit will turn bright red when it is ripped.

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Bitter cucumber plant climbing on a dead tree branch.

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The ladder is used to pick string beans.

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She has several persimmon trees in her yard, this is a nice view of her garden as well.

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    • seeharhed, they are retired, and Bo thought that the chickens would keep them busy. It’s a perfect setup for them, the Americana hens and roosters add colors to the hen house. The house sits on a 2 acres land, partly wooded and next to it is several empty lots that they gave to their children, I’m actually standing on our lot taking the first photo. It’s very peaceful out there.

  1. This is the ultimate kitchen garden.

    I’ve never seen real soybean plants before. I like them steamed and lightly season with sea salt.

    It’s so nice that your extended family live near each other. It’s also a great benefit to have Lee visit her grandparent. Not many of us can say we had the chance or time to spend with our grandparent (or parent).

    And when we look back at it someday, it will be one of the best days of our lives. 🙂

    • Cambree, I think Lee likes to visit her grandparents because she gets to play with Na, but I’m hoping that she will remember more than that and look back to the weekends that we spent visiting grandpa (my dad) and her grandparents.

      Soybean plants are very easy to grow but you do need lots of space. I think Bo’s mom planted them too close together and she mentioned about leaving more space in between each plant next year.

  2. Lol, I am also amuse by your co-worker comment and how she didn’t know such plant like that exist. My mom also do gardening as well and plant both kind of eggplant so I get to see and eat it all the time so I knew what it was right away when I saw the picture you took. Beautiful, beautiful garden she have. It’s just amazing how one little seed can grow to such a thing and of course, contributing your hard work is all worth it. Thank you!

    • Lala, my co-worker is in her late 60s, kind of odd that she had never heard of this before. I don’t think she is convinced about my explanation, but she is not a gardener either, and that might explain everything. Gardening is hard work but the fruits of your labor is well worth it.

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