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Sweet Hope For Bitter Melon

Sweet Hope For Bitter Gourd

One of my goals while spending my summer vacation is to plant something that would be worthwhile for my mother even when I'm already back to Manila.

So in spite of a very hot and dry summer season, I was able to dug fifteen (15) holes with five seeds of ampalaya or bitter melon / bitter gourd in each hole. With these holes I used two sacks of ready compost that were left used before my brother died last October 2013. I am sure this would help the seedlings grows fast and healthy.

After a week of watering them every morning, I am very happy to see the seedlings sprouting from each hole. These growing seedlings inspired me to continuously water them every morning fetching pails of water from the pump.

I have two weeks more left with my vacation. I am so delighted to see them grow healthy. I decided to take photos, although the trellis has been built yet except for the bamboo twig tops that i have prepared for them.

The fruiting time for these ampalaya would be timely because only few has planted during this hot summer.

I am looking forward to a bountiful harvest that would give my mother extra income later on.

Hopefully I can plant more in my next vacation. :)))

Photos through the creation of Doodsdpogi ®

Originally Published in Bubblews by the same and one author Doodsdpogi ®

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GrannyGee wrote on June 16, 2014, 2:39 PM

They are beautiful plants. I wondered how you used gourds there where you lived. Here, I've seen them painted with the most beautiful pictures. Also, bird houses are made from them. Granny Gee/Gloria

Doodsdpogi wrote on June 19, 2014, 1:16 PM

I'm back to the city now for almost two already, I hope my plants are growing well now. I am expecting they will bear fruits next month :)

Ruby3881 wrote on June 22, 2014, 1:35 PM

I hope your mother will soon be seeing some lovely melon fruits! It was very thoughtful of you to leave her a growing gift :)

Susie wrote on June 27, 2014, 4:22 PM

I love planting and watching things grow, and that would be something I would spend a vacation enjoying something I love to do.