2019 Spring – Garden Calendar


 

This garden calendar is for our community garden plot in San Jose, CA. The garden calendar will vary for other states & city, as it depends on the local weather and season. You can use this garden calendar with San Jose weather & season in mind.

This year spring will start by 20th Mar 2019- so we need to prepare so that all plants are ready to plan outdoor.

I have started the plan and will keep this blog updated, every month as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to post it in comments.

For beginners (like me), gardening is trial and error – especially when you are trying to plan Indian and non-local veggies. We need to understand local season, weather and ensure its right time. I have added 2018 Garden calendar and its success rate for reference.

Hope this garden calendar helps! Happy Gardening!

 

Vegetables

Plant 

Sow Indoor 

Transplant / Direct Seed Outdoor

 

Reference 

My Garden Dates 

Reference

My Garden Dates

Tomato 

Jan 5-18

Jan 21

Mar 8-20 

 

Onion 

   

Feb 1- 3, Feb 20-22

 

Kohl Rabi 

   

Feb 4-19 

 

Egg Plant 

Dec 21-22

Jan 21

Mar 15-20, Apr 5 

 

Beans 

 

Jan 21

Mar 8- Mar 20 

 

Cabbage 

Jan 5-18

 

Feb 4-15 

 

Pepper  

Dec 21-22

Jan 21

Mar 15-20, Apr 5 

 

Bok choy 

   

Feb 1– Mar 31

 

Okra 

 

Jan 21

Mar 15-20 

 

Radishes 

   

Feb 1- 3, Feb 20-22

 

Carrots

   

Jan 25-Feb 3 

 

Tomatillo 

       

Beet Root 

   

Feb 20-Mar 5 

 

Chow Chow / Chayote

       

Avarai / Flat Beans 

 

Jan 21

   

 

Greens

Plant 

Sow Indoor 

 

Transplant / Direct Seed Outdoor

 

Reference 

My Garden Dates

Reference 

My Garden Dates 

Arai Keerai

NA

     

Red Thandu Keerai

NA

     

Mustard greens 

NA

     

Swiss Chard 

Jan 18-21

 

Feb 8-15

 

Cilantro 

NA

     

Kale 

NA

     

Meethi Greens

NA

     

Pulicha Keerai 

TBD 

Jan 21

   

Collard 

NA 

 

Feb 4-19 

 

Lettuce 

 

Jan 21

   

Spinach

   

Jan 18-21, Feb 4- 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Jose Yearly Weather

Courtesy:

https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USCA0993:1:US

https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar/CA/San%20Jose

 

2018 Spring & Fall – Garden Plan (Yield & Success Rate)

Here am adding details of the success rate of last year (2018) garden plan, so that it can be used as reference. Some of the vegetables are started late, but still gave good yield. Few of them wasn’t successful for some reason, still trying to understand with trial and error method. There could be various reasons why the yield wasn’t good, whether it’s time or soil or watering or plant shock during transplant. I will try to add my observations as possible.

Vegetables – Our Garden Dates

 

Sow Indoor

Transplant or Sow Outdoor

Harvest Dates 

Yield/ Success Rate

Tomato 

26/Mar/18

 

14/Jul/18 to Nov

Excellent

Onion 

NA

     

Broccoli

   

11/Jun/18

Okay

Kohl Rabi / Nookal

   

10/Jun/18

Excellent

Egg Plant 

     

Bad

Beans 

       

Cabbage 

       

Pepper  

       

Bok choy 

       

Okra 

26/Mar/18

   

Bad

Radishes 

   

17/Jun/18

Good

Carrots

       

Tomatillo 

     

Good

Beet Root 

       

Chow Chow / Chayote

       

Avarai / Flat Beans 

       

Potatoe 

 

1- Mar

26-May-18

Good

 

Greens – Our Garden Dates

 

Sow Indoor 

Transplant or Sow Outdoor 

Harvest Dates 

Yield/ Success Rate

Arai Keerai

       

Red Thandu Keerai

   

27/May/18

Excellent

Mustard greens 

       

Swiss Chard 

       

Cilantro 

   

27/May/18

Excellent

Kale 

       

Meethi Greens

 

5/Mar 

9/Apr 

Excellent 

Pulicha Keerai 

       

Collard 

       

Lettuce 

       

Spinach

       

 

Photos from 2018 Gardening

 

 

 

 

Salmon Fish Fry – Oven Baked


Fish fry in oven baked is healthy alternative to fully oil fried and get almost same taste. Salmon has lot of health benefits – rich in Vitamin-D, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, several sources of Vitamin-B, Potassium.

Total Time: 10 Mins Prep + 30 Mins Cooking


Items Needed:

  1. Salmon Fillet – 1.5 Pounds
  2. Ginger Garlic Paste– 2 Tbsp.
  3. Siracha Sauce– 2 Tbsp.
  4. Coriander Powder– ½ Tbsp.
  5. Dried Green Chili Powder – ½ Tbsp.
  6. Aachi Fish Fry Masala – 2 Tbsp.
  7. Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp.
  8. Salt – as needed

Preparation

  1. Mix all items into bowl and prepare marination. Add half cup of water so that Marination is not so thick
  2. Marinate Fish for 2 hours (minimum 30mins)
  3. Preheat oven for 375 Degree
  4. Apply olive oil into cast iron girdle and place fish fillet
  5. In oven, cook one side for 15mins (in bake)
  6. Take out after 20mins and apply olive oil on and flip/turn the fish
  7. Cook for another 10mins
  8. Take out after total of 30mins of cooking, and apply left over marination on both sides for broiling.
  9. Broil each side for 2 or 3 mins each side, depending on your roast level preference.
  10. Note: With total cooking time of 30mins + 6mins, the fish will be ‘well-done’, if you prefer medium cooked – try reducing to 20mins+6mins broiling

 

Fish after Marination


Veggie Soup / Noodle Soup


    Veggie noodle soup is healthy recipe since lot of fresh vegetables are part of this and it’s our family favorite. The preparation is very simple. There are two variations – this can be taken as soup or with noodles depending on your preference and need. Preparation time 30-40mins.

 

Items Needed:

  1. Bok-Choy – 2 Cups
  2. Mushroom – 2 Cups
  3. Carrot – 1 Nos
  4. Beans – 2 Cups
  5. Jalapeno Chili Dried – ¼ Chili (Yes, don’t add full – just a quarter)
  6. PF Chang Hakka Noodle Packet
  7. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 Tbsp.
  8. Spring Onions
  9. Egg Whites (Optional)
  10. Veggie Soup Mix (2 Tbsp.)
  11. Salt – as needed

     



 

Noodle Preparation

Add Noodle and salt and Boil in container for 10-15mins. Once it’s cooked strain water and add cold water so that noodle is not over cooked.

 

Veggie Soup Preparation

  1. Cut all veggies in medium size (Radish into 4, beans cut into 5-7, mushroom by 4)
  2. In container add water, veggies and salt – boil for 15mins
  3. Now add ginger garlic, dried Jalapeno and Veggie soup mix powder and boil soup for another 10mins
  4. When soup is almost done, optionally, pour egg whites directly into boiling soup and egg will cook in the soup in few mins (2-5mins)
  5. Now soup can be taken as is, or with Noodles.
  6. If you want Noodle soup, just add the prepared noodles

Grilled Lamb Chops (Oven Grilled)



Marination Preparation:

  1. Lamb or Goat Chops – 1 and ¼ Pounds
  2. Red Kashmiri Chilli Powder – ½ Tbsp
  3. Ground Paprika – ½ Tbsp
  4. Dried Parsley – 2 Tbsp
  5. Siracha Sauce – 2 Tbsp
  6. Coriander – 1 Tbsp
  7. Cumin – ½ Tbsp
  8. Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 Tbsp
  9. Lime Juice – 1 Lime Big
  10. Tabasco – 4 Drops
  11. Salt – 2 Tbsp
  12. Oil – 4 Tbsp

 

Add all powders into bowl with Lime Juice & Tabasco and mix well as paste. No need to add water. Add Lamb chops ensure paste is applied evenly thorough the meat. Keep meat in Fridge for 2hrs – 4hrs for marination.

 

Baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree
  2. Apply oil in Cast Iron griddle or Baking tray and place marinated lamb chops and apply oil again on the top of the meat. I prefer Cast Iron instead of baking tray – because the heat is maintained after cooking.
  3. Bake the Lamb Chops for 20minutes
  4. Turn the meat to other side.
  5. Bake for another 15minutes
  6. Typically Lamb Chops will be done in 35minutes total, but always check before starting broiling. Cook time, depends upon the size. Thickness of Chops I used is half inch.

Broiling:

  1. Apply left over marination paste one top of the meat and apply oil.
  2. Broil one side for 3-4minutes and take it out for applying paste on other side.

    Note: Broiling time depends on the thickness of meat. Sometime will be done in 2mins, keep checking via Glass door to ensure it doesn’t burn.

  3. There will be paste on the grill/pan which is roasted well & cooked, feel free take and apply them in meat along with broil paste. Do this step only if the paste on the cooking grill is not burned.
  4. Turn all meat to other side, apply left over marination and spray oil
  5. Broil another side for 3-4minutes.

Upgrading HP Laptop with Samsung SSD


Laptop Configuration Details:

Model: HP Envy 17t-j100

Processor: i7 4700MQ 2.7Ghz

RAM: 16GB

NVidia GeForce: 2GB

SSD Used: Samsung EVO 740, 256GB SSD

 

Warning!!!

  • This procedure may void your warranty and might make your laptop stop working.

Step1: Create Recovery Disc

  • As first step you need to create recovery disc and this is not an optional step. You must do this before removing old HDD from your Laptop
  • Each laptop manufacturer has its own methods to this step. For HP Laptop you can follow the steps given in this link http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03481733&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en
  • Once you complete the procedures you will have 5 DVDs which is recovery disc.

Step2: Backup existing data in HDD

  • Just to be safe, copy your existing file & data in your existing HDD to another external Hard disk or Pen drive

Step3: Open Laptop, remove HDD & connect SSD

  • You need a screw driver & SSD for this step. See the video below

    Video Part-1

    Video Part-2

  •  

Step4: Restore OS with Recovery Disk

  • Power ON Laptop and see if Laptop detects SSD in BIOS.
  • Insert Recovery disc-1 and boot laptop from CD/DVD Drive
  • Windows installer will ask all five disc during “copying files” step
  • Installation will start after copying files
  • Installation may restart 3-4 times and your laptop is ready to use

If you have question, please post it in the comments below

Things to do in SanFranscisco


 

1. Golden Gate view @ Battery Spencer

Battery spencer is the best place to view the golden gate. Many time I went to the golden gate bridge and viewed it only from Vista point at one end of the bridge, but this is the best spot to view the golden gate be it sun rise or sun set.

Notes: Time needed-2hours Approx. You have to walk little bit. Finding parking might be tough on weekends

BatterySpencersView

Direction:

Map picture

 

2. Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of fine Arts is a nice park with spectacular view of the Palace. If you want to spend nice time with your loved one this is the best place. Many Bollywood movies shots were taken here (Movie: Varanam Ayiram). This is also a wedding / engagement spot.

Notes: Time Needed- Depends on activity. Just taking photos – 1hrs. You could bring lunch and spend like 2-3hrs easily.

Palace of Fine Arts

Direction:

Map picture

 

3. Cruise at Pier39

There are different kinds of cruise you can take at Pier 39

1. Golden gate cruise

2. Alcatraz cruise

3. Golden gate night cruise with Wine & Dine.

I personally liked Golden gate cruise & night cruise. Alcatraz was bit boring for me, again it’s my personal liking.

Cruise

4. Pier 39

Pier 39 is nice place for three things… 1. shopping, 2. Dining 3. Booking Cruise and 4. Road side Guitar & different Performance.

You will find many Shops here to buy Clothes, Sovereigns, Gifts, Candy/Chocolates and even wines. There are few road site shops as well, where you might be able negotiate prices.

There are many restaurants to taste variety of food from Crab & Other seafood, SFO best clam chowder, different soups. This is the best place to taste the local restaurant of SFO. If you some extra bucks you could enter high end restaurants like Forbes Island, where you will get specular view of the sea.

Pier39

5. Lombard Street

Lombard street is well known since it’s the crooked street in the world. It’s just a 2min drive from the top to bottom, but the queue for driving thru this street is typically 45mins to 1hr on weekend. Nothing exciting here, except the way the street was built.

lombardstreet

6. Exploratorium

Exploratorium is a science exhibition with over 200+ exhibits in display. It’s the best place to play with science. It fun for all ages, kids will love it. This place is a one day activity if you want to explore most of the exhibits.

exploratorium-main-entrance  Exploratorium2

Site: http://www.exploratorium.edu/

 

7. Japanese Tea Garden

It’s a garden / park in Japanese style – if you like to spend some time in nice park in SFO this is good place.

Japanese_tea_garden Japanese_Garden_SF3

 

8. California Academy of Science

California Academy of science is a museum / science exhibition / planetarium / aquarium. This is also a one day activity if you want to explore it completely. Good destination if you have kids.

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Website: http://www.calacademy.org/