Saturday, October 21, 2006

Bees Wanted!

I have planted a couple of roses (red and yellow) spaced out at about ten feet from each other to attract bees and other insects to pollinate my vegetables. Some were self-pollinating like the beans and so they don't make me worry that much. I'm having trouble attracting bees as I only see a few of them and the roses have few flowers. The hummingbirds come visit once in a while but I'm not sure if they are attracted to tomato flowers. Have you heard that you can manually pollinate your tomatoes? Yes, you can! There are several ways. Attach a toothpick to your electric toothbrush using a rubberband and gently buzz the flowers. This mimics the buzz the bees make on the flowers. Some guy on the web said to do this around 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM when the pollen count is at its highest. I have to do more investigation about this. Some use Q-Tips or paint brushes. And who said they were using their vibrators? Hahaha!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Beans, Beans, And More Beans!

I have three kinds of beans - royal burgundy, green crop, and the stringless green pod. They've been growing over a month now and I'm so happy they have flowers and tiny pods! Quick info: Since beans are members of the legume family, bean flowers are asymmetrical flowers with distinct upper and lower lobes, features characteristic to this family. I've never grown these before but I think I'm doing okay.

Bean Royal Burgundy. I have about 10 of these growing - I know what you are thinking... space really is an issue. It's flowers are purple. It's a bushy plant that's why I have those tree branches as stakes to support them. The branches are from my tree that is growing wildly on the front lawn.

Bean Green Crop.

Stringless Green Pod. Notice the tiny pod?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Squash Seeds

I've bought a couple of squash seeds last month and it's a little over a month now since I've sown them. The early prolific straightneck and the dark green zucchini types are growing nicely in my little garden! But I'm still waiting for the kabocha squash to germinate. I think the cold weather is to blame.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"Tom", the Tomato

Aside from my passion for lifting weights, one of the things I love doing is GARDENING. Yes, I love growing and taking care of plants. Since I've moved here to my new place, I've started my own garden of vegetables and ornamental plants. I've bought seeds and sow them a couple of months ago and now they're all growing! The back lawn is big enough but I don't have much space for growing vegetables. Actually, the back lawn is for my dogs to play around. Remember, I have two of them - Kobe (AKA Bob) & Bryant (AKA Giz). Most of the ornamentals that I have are still in the pots and nowhere to go in the lawn. My vegetable garden is small but I have so much going on in there. Anyways, I am so happy to find out that one of the tomatoes is bearing flowers and fruit now. I'm going to name it's very first fruit (and the very first fruit from my vegetable garden), "Tom - the Tomato" and we'll see what happens to Tom in his journey from my garden to my plate - maybe?
PS: What kind of tomato is Tom? Can you help me ID him?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Walk for Hope

Fighting Breast Cancer Takes Legwork!

Celebrities join thousands of participants for 10th anniversary of City of Hope’s Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer, October 8

For thousands of women with breast cancer, and for those at risk for developing the disease, medical research provides hope. Take steps on Sunday, October 8, at City of Hope's Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer and support groundbreaking research to prevent, combat and ultimately cure this disease. This year marks the 10th anniversary of City of Hope’s Walk for Hope, which will feature Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, actress and breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John, 2006 National Walk for Hope Celebrity Ambassador actress Andrea Evans of NBC’s “Passions,” and Lisa Joyner, host of TV Guide Channel’s “In FANity.” More than 8,000 participants are expected to attend. Walk for Hope takes place at City of Hope’s campus, located at 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, Calif.