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Rauvolfia tetraphylla (Devil-pepper, Be Still Tree, Barachandrika, Patalagarudi , Papataku )

used for anti-hypertension , insomnia and has sedative properties. (fruits are poisonous)

Some believe anti-dote for snake bite, rodent bite.
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Garden bit messed up after rain.
 
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Congratulations on your rain. Do you have rain barrels to capture the water for your garden?:)
 
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Congratulations on your rain. Do you have rain barrels to capture the water for your garden?:)
Is there anyway to do that?

Quantity of rain we receive here would require much larger barrels.

May be an underground storage will be great idea?
 
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Is there anyway to do that?
Certainly there are several ways to capture rain water, but not all of it. Most people have rain barrels. @Dinu has a rather sophisticated system. I have just one barrel (due to limited space) that holds 220 litres. During the rainy season my barrel can fill up in a half hour. I made a special cover for the barrel so that it doesn't attract mosquitoes, so that wasn't a problem. I also installed a spigot. I would like to have 5 220 litre barrels but i don't have the space. There have been a couple of very good threads here about rain barrels. Up in the right corner of every page on this site is a "search" function and if you search "rain barrels" you will find some good ideas and information and photos in the previous threads.
 
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My banana plant just gave a new offshoot:)

but my Drumstick tree seedling, next to banana plant offshoot, is on the brink of death, the stem has not harden yet, first aphids followed by mildew.:oops:
 
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Bacopa Monnieri (Waterhyssop, Brahmi)
It has small white flower(faint blue color), bitter taste, small fleshy leaves, root can grow from each node similar to mint. Grows near fresh water bodies.

Brahmi name is also used for Centella asiatica (with round flat leaf)
 
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Banana plant shooting out two offshoots.
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red sand after ant war (war between neighboring colonies)
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My lemongrass ,
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I don't know what is the white stuff growing on its leaf???
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Big challenge- my cat just loves my lemongrass,
Lt - planted on ground, has been trimmed by my cat, Rt - planted in high rim pot.
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First papaya plant is flowering, I know its not male plant does not have a long flower stalk
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Second one died, but third one survives sun, heat wave and transplant shock.
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Thai basil sprouted
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polianthes tuberosa- leaves growing from 5 out of 6 bulbs, I hope 6th one will grow leaves soon. So that six of them could flower at a time.
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Pepper corn( Piper nigrum ) or black pepper plant, its a vine (creeper) that can be grown easily from cutting, one can find the plant gives root at every leaf node. peppercorn are hot but its aroma and flavor can magically change cuisine. Greatly improve soup, stir fries and meat based cuisine (freshly grounded is better).

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I recently collected cutting, best time to plant, is at the beginning of rainy season. I used a roll of fence wire mesh as support, but it does best under shade of big tree.
 
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Congratulations on your wonderful Piper nigrum vine @Rajesh Sethi . I have not grown it but we get wonderful fresh pepper corns here and the flavor is scrumptious, absolutely out of this world. I use a lot and put it in just about every food, It is spectacular on salads. I even put it in cooked oatmeal with nuts and honey and shredded coconut and cinammon. Off hand the only thing i don't put it in is yoghurt...hummm, maybe i should try that, and oh, i'll bet it is good as a brewed tea. I am definitely going to try that.
 
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Pepper corn( Piper nigrum ) or black pepper plant, its a vine (creeper) that can be grown easily from cutting, one can find the plant gives root at every leaf node. peppercorn are hot but its aroma and flavor can magically change cuisine. Greatly improve soup, stir fries and meat based cuisine (freshly grounded is better).

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I recently collected cutting, best time to plant, is at the beginning of rainy season. I used a roll of fence wire mesh as support, but it does best under shade of big tree.
You are sooo damned lucky!!! I have wanted to grown paan and pepper vine so bad but they cant bear our scroching hot weather....
Lovely plants you have..... but your curry plants look different than what we have.
 
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You are sooo damned lucky!!! I have wanted to grown paan and pepper vine so bad but they cant bear our scroching hot weather....
Lovely plants you have..... but your curry plants look different than what we have.


I was bit confused(n) at the time of getting the plant, you know, they look so similar, pan, long pepper and black pepper.

I am not sure it will do well here, its rainy season now, any cutting will survive, I guess I have to wait and see for myself. I am at lower altitude( almost at sea level)

I don't have any leaf on the 'curry leaf tree' now,(all eaten by caterpillar, soil is like quick sand, don't want to get stuck in it with bad knee) but here a image from internet
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or are you referring to bay leaf


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Sorry, my keyboard seems like its possessed:confused:, typing '+' sign of its own, I have to delete it and then type.
 
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Congratulations on your wonderful Piper nigrum vine @Rajesh Sethi . I don't put it in is yoghurt.

Infact there is a drink, buttermilk. Mostly preferred during summer in India.


It's a spicy drink made from curd.

Though recipe may vary, I put green chilly(black pepper can be used, grounded to superfine dust), ginger juice few drops, mint leaf, salt, ice cubes, 1 glass of water to 1 cup curd. All goes into blender to make a spicy cool drink.
 
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I'd love to have a red passion flower.


I don't have it any more, it was an old image.

I would try to hunt down, it's rare.

I remember it gives more necter than the blue one, means more ants and insect.


Here is a plant that some what cure arthritis - Gandha Prasarini

will upload image later.
 
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Gandha Prasarini (Paederia foetida)

Here is a wiki link

This vine has foul odor, fibrous. Generally, blended and boiled before use.
Known for its anti inflammatory property, and cure arthritis

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I don't have much interest for this plant, its odor can make anyone run away, grow it for its medicinal property
 

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@Rajesh Sethi I think I will stick to turmeric .. hehe! Ants a sprinkle of cinnamon might help, so they say. They are the "doctors:eek::LOL:" on youtube! Worth a try.
 
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I love lemon grass and tried to grow them. They were thin and weak. Don't think we had enough heat to grow them to commercial size. They smell so nice. I love black pepper corn. Used to fry them and then grind them, but after my divorce, my son would only eat virgin rice and curry is still too exotic for him.
 
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