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...except the sprouts, which are blighted by some kind of fungus.

But!
  • an appreciable number of karela sprouts have emerged; i'm even more excited about this because I had karela for lunch yesterday, and remembered how much I like them. Also, they are just beautiful; delicate tendrils and shy yellow blossoms; even if they don't set fruit, the plant brings me enough joy
  • many, many tinda seedlings. hmm. I'm definitely not as excited about this, because the vegetable doesn't taste that great. Once or twice a year is fine for me. But who knows, it might wind up being a pretty plant also...
  • at least one each of the gol (round) and long lauki, which is impressive, given that there were only three seeds of each
  • the usual handful of kitchen spices—methi and coriander seeds, bits of ginger, garlic and turmeric, are all sprouting like mad.  
  • my partner had unearthed some long-forgotten tubers, which she calls kurka—we thought planting them might be worth a try and now at least two have pale green shoots and one has a little knot of five crinkled green leaves.
  • on the same principle, we planted 4-5 old pieces of ginger, which are also sprouting palely. Last year, the ginger never really took off. The turmeric plants put at the same time did very well and we got a couple of handfuls of tender turmeric root as a harvest, as well as leaves to cook fish in throughout the year, but the ginger always looked yellow and unhappy and just languished away... so I don't have high hopes from it.
Also, completely unexpectedly, we now have about 15-20 melon seedlings, and a whole pot full of tiny as-yet unidentified sprouts. Basically, we've been composting for a while, and it being summer, eating a LOT of melons, and I remember seeing a few seeds when we mixed the compost into the soil. I'd kept two pots filled with soil and compost aside, to transfer the hibiscus and harshingar into, but didn't have time to do anything about it all week. And now both are full of tiny melon seedlings! I just hope they make it through the summer...

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