Friday, November 30, 2007

Seed Saving: Avocado

This is not just an ordinary avocado. I got this from an Asian supermarket and it's marked "Bangkok avocado". It is huge - it probably weighs more than a pound.
It's skin is part smooth, part rough.
Here is a comparison with a "regular" avocado that you get from stores. The small avocado is not from my tree. Mine bears smaller fruits compared to this one.
Cut the fruit at the center and make sure you don't cut it all the way through or you'll injure the seed.
Look at that seed, it's huge! I usually wash it with water, pat it dry with paper towel or dry it under the sun for a day or two. Then I store it in paper bags. By spring or summer, it'll be ready.

This avocado is so meaty - equivalent to like five regular-sized avocados!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fish Guts As Fertilizer

Fish head and guts from a trout that I've caught from fishing the other day.
Start by digging a hole. Don't dig too close to your plants as this will damage roots.
Dump in all your fish guts and cover it with enough soil. Make sure to protect this area from wild animals that would dig them out. This is the best organic fertilizer for your plants!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Seed Saving: Persimmons

I cut them in half...
skin them...
eat and just spit out the seeds. I will put them in ziplock bags and keep them in the fridge to overwinter them (a process called stratification). By spring next year, they'll be ready to be sown.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

More Plants To See In My Garden...

Flowering potato vine plant.
Sign that Christmas is just around the corner - a flowering christmas cactus.
Fragrant lemon flowers.
The sweetest mandarin oranges are almost ripe.
Cherry tomato taking on the apricot tree. Some of my friends think it's a tomato tree instead!
Cherry tomatoes waiting to get riped.
First flower of my peas that I planted a month ago from seeds.
Beautiful white mandevilla.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Look What I've Discovered!

I knew there was something in this green pot that I just couldn't plant anything in it. It was put away under my avocado tree for months but now I know it has all my daffodils!
Daffodils are spring plants right? Isn't it late for these babies to start growing? I hope it starts flowering before Thanksgiving - it'll be a nice centerpiece.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Update On: Papayas

This is just one of the many papayas. Most of them are flowering, a few of them have fruits already and it makes me happy!
Tiny fruits but eventually will grow big and some flower buds at the very top - Can you see it?
Just this one has more than ten fruits!
Get a close look at that!
This one looks funny.
That's a papaya flower with the fruit emerging out.
The petals dry out and out grows the fruit.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

LA Auto Show 2007

I fancy the mini coopers.

Guess What These Little Plants Are

Okay, I heard you...the picture looks blurry. Anyways, these are crape myrtle seedlings. Yes, I didn't know the seeds can grow too. Did some research on how to propagate these nice trees (they're everywhere at the dog park where I've got the seeds!) and mostly it took me to the "air layering or cuttings" websites. Hopefully they survive and eventually grow big. Will update on this.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My Hanging Baskets

This is one of the hanging baskets that I made. There's a mixture of plants here - I used red and pink begonias on this one.
This one has a red flower cyclamen at the center, some coleus, and green zebrinas that will trail down beautifully in a few months.
Another one with a white flowering cyclamen at the center and a lots of coloful coleus and green zebrinas around it.
An old hanging basket: This one has a red flowering azalea at the center but it's almost covered under this nice trailing plant. It also has some flowers. Just click on the picture to make it bigger.
I've got two of these at the garden store. I just love it's flowers. So what do you think? Do you think my hanging basket designs look nice?

Container Gardening in Hanging Baskets

So I bought some plants today at the local garden store to make my own hanging baskets. I want to create a cocktail of colors so I picked this six-pack of different color begonias and other plants.
I've got two six-pack of these begonias that will go to three of the hanging basket containers. I think the baskets were made from coconut husk fibers. You can see it on the first picture.
This is a nice hybrid coleus that will go on my hanging baskets to add more color. I think I'll start collecting coleus as I really like them.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Green is Universal

Everyone should plant a tree.
Use energy-efficient lamps. And turn off lights that are not in use.
Learn to compose.
Use plants instead of fragrance sprays for your room.
Be organic as much as possible.
Recycle soda cans and water bottles.
Recycle (or reuse) newspapers and plastic bottles. Go paperless!
Reuse spray bottles and plastic cookie containers to save your plant seeds.
Reuse plastic bins, plastic containers, store bag plastics.
Bring your own bag in the store.