Garden update – long overdue

Tomato plants

I know it’s been a little while since my last garden update. I’m ashamed to say that’s because the garden has taken a bit of a back seat to the wedding in the last few months. I do have a few plants still soldiering on. The first plant I can’t take credit for. My tomato plants are thanks to my wonderfully green-thumbed grandma. I told the story a while ago of her tomato stealing.

Tiny tomatoes

No not stealing of the bad kind, she has been known to take a tiny tomato from her plate when she’s out to dinner and use its seeds to grow a tomato plant. She has a pretty amazing success rate. This last lot of plants I left in her care until they were well and truly established and they’re doing so well. They have about 20 tomatoes and lots and lots of flowers.

More tiny tomatoes

The seeds were all from the same tomato but one plant has fruit in the shape of a baby Roma tomato and the other has very round fruit. It will be interesting to see what they look like when they ripen.

Aloe Vera

Yet another plant started by my grandma. I was admiring her Aloe Vera on a visit a year or two ago and she said it’s really easy to grow. She snapped off a bit of her plant and told me to just shove it in a pot and it would grow. Well grow it did. I have been breaking off bits of it and re-planting and I have more than I could ever know what to do with. I might have to see if I can find a recipe. I do burn myself in the kitchen quite regularly so it has come in handy on those occasions.

A pot of tea leaves

One of my lovely bridal shower gifts was a pack of four different tea herbs. I planted them together in this pot just two weeks ago and they have taken off. I can’t wait to make my own tea.

Chili plants

Over Christmas, my friend Kristin’s mum gifted me three of the six chilis from her prized chili plant. I used two of them and the last one I planted some of the seeds. I think I can say it’s my best ever result growing from seeds. I have really done absolutely nothing to care for it and it has grown like crazy.


I’ve never seen so many chilis on one plant. If anyone in Brisbane would like some let me know! They seem to be the one thing I can grow without fail.

Making a comeback

This little guy is also testament to that fact. A few years ago my mum’s aunt gave her a clipping from her chili bush. Mum with her self-professed brown thumb gave me the plant and I stuck it in a pot. I thought it had died. It shriveled up into nothing and was completely brown but a few months later it started sprouting again and turned into a thriving plant. It died again a few months ago and I thought that was surely the end but in the last few weeks it has made a comeback and is flowering. It definitely has a few lives this chili.

That wraps up my garden update. I still have a few herbs that keep on growing despite my lack of care. Don’t worry, I have someone, not brown-thumb mum, looking after the plants while I’m on my honeymoon (from next week!!!).

What about you? What’s going on in your garden?

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  • You’ve got a great selection of plants there Claire. I really want a cherry tomato plant. I love your tea plant. Where did you get that? Bunnings?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 24, 2012

      I’m not sure where they got it. I’ll ask and let you know.

  • Celia

    Reply Reply April 24, 2012

    Claire, I’ve never tried growing aloe vera before! What a good idea! Interesting that such a spikey looking plant could be so soothing…

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 24, 2012

      Celia it’s so easy! If you were allowed to send plants in the mail I’d send you down a piece. Can you send plants in the mail?

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply April 23, 2012

    I didn’t know you could grow tomatoes by steaiing them off your dinner plate. Your aloe vera looks so very healthy. And it is the best thing for burns. How’s the count-down? xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 24, 2012

      You do now Charlie! Aloe Vera has saved me on many occasions. The countdown is… 4 sleeps to go! x

  • Hehe ok the next time I get a really good tomato, I’m going to take one home! 😛

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