Sunday, September 30, 2007

Spider

Took this picture and thought I'd share it with you guys.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The avocados are all riped now.
Just look at how small the seeds are.
And they're so meaty!
What should I make of these? Put it on a sandwich? Or maybe make a guacamole dip?
I have this guacamole mix (instant). But nothing beats the real guacamole dip from real avocados from the garden!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Papaya

You well know that I'm that kind of guy who loves to save seeds. This is a papaya (sorry picture is not showing the entire plant.) that I started from... yes, seeds months ago! It has grown bigger after I transplated it from it's small pot to the soil. I'm sure I was eating papayas imported from the Hawaiian Islands that day.
There are male and female flowers. This is an example of the female flower along the trunk... and the presence of miniature papaya at the base of the flower petals. I have eleven(?) of these papayas growing in my backyard and most of them now flowering.

Grow Organic And...

...you'll see more dragonflies in your garden.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mango Seedlings (Guava too!)

I usually don't throw away fruit seeds especially if they came from a far away place - maybe from a tropical island or some exotic place. One day I was eating mangoes and saved the seeds. Probably the mangoes were from Mexico. So let the mango seeds dry out under the sun for a few days then I planted them in this pot. A few months later... I have two mango seedlings!
Here's another one! And if you notice, I have some guava seedlings growing together with it. Yes, the guava seedlings were from seeds too!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Green Peppers

My peppers are getting the most attention from me. Just look how pretty these are!
I have to stake (used a tree branch) one of my peppers as the storm knocked it down.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'm Fine.

I once almost cut my finger with a gardening shear. This time it wasn't because of my carelessness. Blame my big dog for fighting back at his master when he gets aggressive with other dogs. But hey, it's just a small cut scratch on my leg!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

How To Propagate: Purple Hearts

Some call it tradescantia. Others call it Wandering Jew. And most people call it Moses-in-the-cradle, Three-men-in-the-boat, Moses-in-the-bulrushes - yeah, it got it's name from the flowers that clump in a purple boat or cradle-shaped leaves (bract). Like some, I call it Purple Hearts because of it's tiny purple flowers that usually appear in spring.
Purple Hearts are easily propagated by stem cuttings.
I gather them in a container with water.
Let it stay there for a few weeks and watch it grow roots. When roots appear, then it's time to plant them in soil. Some just plant the stem cuttings directly in soil but I have more success this way.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Seed Saving: Luffa or Loofa

Cut the blossom end of the luffa and shake the seeds free.
I have so many seeds from this one!
I usually save these seeds in paper envelopes or small ziplock bags to keep them dry.

It's Time.

My luffa has completely dried on the vine.
"Yes, you look ugly and wrinkly. Are you ready to turn into something useful?"
Voila! A great, inexpensive, environmentally friendly and multipurpose luffa scrubber. (This goes in the bathroom.)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Harvest of the Day: Yummy Avocados!

These are fruits from my dwarf avocado tree. I'm not sure what kind they are. Although the fruit is small - it's fleshy and the seed is tiny. (I'll show you the seeds when they ripen.) Also the skin is rough compared to the ones they sell in stores (hass avocados).
I will have to put these in paper bags and let it ripe for a couple of weeks. I have about 30 avocados here.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

How To Propagate

I don't know the name of this plant but I think it's one of those succulent cacti. Anyways, it's growing really big and the mother plant is sending out "runners". Runners are specialized stems that grows on the soil surface and forms a new plant at one or more of its nodes. I took a pot and planted the runners in rich soil. I tugged the runner a few weeks after and I think it has formed new roots in the soil.
It's time to separate the runner from the mother plant. I just cut them separate with a shearing pruner.
Part of the runner that looks like a stem danggling from the pot.
Now I have two of these in different pots.
Do you know the name of this plant by any chance?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

We'll Miss You, George

I found a nice guy to adopt George. I would like to keep him but my dogs don't get along with him. Gizmo, my other dog, was too jealous. He didn't like the attention I gave George. I'm sure George had been taken cared of well by me. He's had baths, I fed him and he had lots of fun activities with me. He's learned how to "high five" already! He's such a smart and happy dog. Rafael, please take care of him. We'll surely miss you, George.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

His Name Is George

I've been taking George to the park every single day hoping someone (his owners) would recognize him. I've been telling everyone that I've found him. They've sent me to check a few "Lost Dog" signs by the park and to see if they have put a sign for him. One sign has almost the same description as George, only that the lost dog is a chow. George isn't a chow. He's probably part collie.