Wednesday, January 31, 2007

After the Rain...

Water droplets on my broccoli after the rain last night.

Can you see the florets emerging? I was so excited to see them this morning!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Garden Blog of the Week

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Friday, January 26, 2007


Twelve petals? Do you think something is wrong with this tomato? Will someone explain--


Twelve petals? Do you think something is wrong with this tomato? Will someone explain--

Monday, January 22, 2007

Reuse - Recycle

Did you guys watch "Living with Ed" last Sunday? It's all about renovating and recycling. He talked about different types of recycable plastics. And yes, I'm happy to tell you I recycle my plastics too. Here are some ways I reuse - recycle them.

This used to be filled with milk. Now I just use them to save my water enhanced with Epsom salt and a little plant food (for color - hahaha).

This one is a container you get when you order take out food. I'll make something called a "Bio Dome Seed Started" with this. Wash the container throughly with soap and warm water to remove all leftover food and grease. Then make tiny holes underneath for water drainage. I'll start some of my seeds here until they are big enough to be transfered out.

I use these black plastic bags as "growing bags" myself. I've heard they are biodegradable (but we'll see--). They are actually "doggie bags" for my dogs. And these red plastic bags you can get them at the meat department of grocery stores. I'll use them as growing bags for my tomatoes.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Scene This Morning...

Iced water fountain

Slippery street-- have to be careful when walking.

At the park: "

How could I possibly give my dogs water when the spout is iced!"

I have sheets of newspapers on my plants to protect them from the frost. (They go to the recycle bin tomorrow or you can throw them into your compost bin.)

That's almost a block of ice! It must be very cold last night then.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Ugly Winter Blast in Southern California

It was so very cold last night (in the low 30s) that made my water bucket turn into ice!

We'll see tomorrow which of my plants survive this ugly winter blast. And oh, tonight's gonna be much worse they said in the news! We rarely get this kind of weather here. This has something to do with global warming-- I'm sure.


Guess what? Yeah, you're right...NO! I wasn't digging for treasures!

Leaves from my compost goes into the pit. These leaves will break down once it's mixed with soil. It will turn into rich soil good for my plants.

I think this one goes here...

Tada! Look at my pretty poinsettias ready for next Christmas!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Egg Shells for My Peppers

I save all my egg shells in this container.

I crush the egg shells using a hammer. Egg shells that are not crushed will break down very slowly.

Then I add them in my garden. Egg shells provide calcium for my peppers which keep them healthy. Place them around your plants and they deter slugs and cutworms too!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Environmentally Responsible Living

TV and movie actor Ed Begley, perhaps the greenest man in Tinsel Town, rides his electric car to the Academy Awards and powers his home with the sun and his stationary bike. But Living with Ed and his environmentalist passion isn't always a walk in the park for wife, Rachelle. This first-of-its-kind reality green show chronicles life with an earth-friendly fanatic with humor and heart. Check out this fresh unscripted docu-soap about the lifestyle of a diehard activist who puts his money and his time where his mouth is 24/7. Definitely not recycled TV. You should see this show on HGTV, Sundays 10:00pm e/p

Friday, January 05, 2007

~Goodbye Christmas Trees~

Poor Christmas tree--
Please recycle your tree by cutting and placing it in your green yard trimmings container. If you are unable to use your green container, you may also recycle your tree by bringing it to one of the drop-off sites. Before recycling your tree, PLEASE remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and stand. TREES LEFT AT CURBS OR IN ALLEYS AND STREETS CANNOT BE COLLECTED. Per Los Angeles Municipal Code 57.21.06, it is illegal to leave trees at the curb or on street due to extreme fire hazard.
A body in a red bag?! Just kidding.

High Winds

Leaves and lots of leaves that have fallen into the street after the strong winds today. Would be good to compost them!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

HELP! - I.D. This Plant

It has tiny orange colored berry-like fruits. I'm not sure if they are edible. Can you help me look for the name of this plant?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Netflix Fever

The first three movies I rented from Netflix:

1. Nacho Libre - After spending his childhoon in a Mexican monastery, Ignacio (Jack Black) decides to remain there and work as a cook, mostly to be close to beautiful Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguera). So it's natural that when he learns the orphanage is in financial trouble, he pitches in to help - by disguising himself and joining the professional wrestling cirucit as a luchador named Nacho. But htere will be hell to pay if the church elders find out!

2. Hotel Rwanda - Amid the holocaust of internecine tribal fighting in Rwanda that sees the savage butchering of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, one ordinary man (Oscar nominee Don Cheadle) musters the courage to save more than 1,000 helpless refugess by sheltering them in the hotel he manages. Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix co-star in this powerful film (sort of an African version of Schindler's List) directed by Terry George.

3. Crash - A 36-hour period in the diverse metropolis of post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles is the theme of tis unflinching drama that challenges viewers to confront their prejudices. Lives combust when a Brentwood housewife and her D.A. husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple all converge. Director Paul Haggis's Best Picture Oscar winner stars Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Jennifer Esposito.