Sunday, January 27, 2008

How to Save Pepper Seeds

Pick the best pepper - it has to be red ripe.
Cut open
Remove the seeds from the inner white membrane.
Place the seeds on a plate (I'm using this recycled plastic) and let them dry under the sun. Store and label them in paper packets.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

How to Save Cantaloupe Seeds

Cut open the best melon fruit you have picked.
Scoop out the seeds into a strainer.
Wash the seeds in running water while rubbing it against the strainer to loosen and remove all the stringy fibers.
Spread the seeds out on a plate. Here I'm using a recycled plastic cover. Place it in a sunny spot to air dry.
Stir the seeds occasionally to make sure all sides are exposed to fresh air for even drying.
In a few days your seeds are ready to be stored. Don't forget to label it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hail Storm

I was awaken by the pouring rain last night that I had to get up and check it. It sounded like we were having hail storm. Sure enough, as the pictures show, he did have some hail storm. This sago plant collected some of the hail from last night.

We're expecting more showers in the coming days.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

An Afternoon At Discovery Science Center

Not the real one. Lots of things to entertain and at the same time educate your kids.
"Dino Quest" The world's first interactive dinosaur adventure.
"The Cube"
It also features Clifford, the big red dog.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

How to Propagate: Spider Plant

Variegated cultivar of spider plant with it's yellowish-white bands along it's broad leaves.
Sending out baby plantlets at each end of the stolons.
Cut the plantlets from the stolons.
Stolons and plantlets are separated.
Check for good roots.
Here is an entirely green spider plant that is sending plantlets.
Plant them in dirt. I've mixed the variegated with the green spider plant for contrast. Don't forget to water.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Cattleya Orchids

I have one red and one yellow cattleya orchid. I'm not sure if the last orchid in the picture is considered a cattleya. The flowers on these orchids didn't last long - probably just a week. My moth orchids still have those really nice flowers though.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Seed Saving: Tomatoes

Squeeze out all the tomato seeds into a container and let it sit there for a couple of days. The fungus that appears on top of the mixture eats the gelatinous coat that surrounds the seeds that prevents germination. This also helps produce antibiotics that help control seed-borne diseases such as bacterial spot, canker and speck.
Pour the seeds in a strainer and wash it well with water.
Let the excess water drip out.
Pour it into a flat container such as this clear plastic I used. You can also use paper towels or newspapers.
Spread the seeds out evenly and let it dry under the sun for a couple of days.
This is how the seeds look like after two days of drying.
Break the lumpy ones apart.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Christmas Tree Casualties of the Year

Lying next to a post...
Lying close to a truck...
Lying on the side walk...
Lying as dogs (sniff and) pee on them....
Lying there waiting for the tree collector to turn them into mulch.