Sunday, March 30, 2008

Root Rot

Here's a papaya with it's root rotten. (Well, you don't see the rotten roots but yes, they're rotten.)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Papaya Fruits

An update on the papayas the I've started growing from seeds: Some of the papaya trees did not survive the cold weather. The trunk looked healthy and green but roots have rot and they started to lean on one side. I have to cut them out. But I have more of these growing in my backyard. Also, I've harvested a few fruits today. I don't think they ripen on the tree. I sliced them up open, they look okay to me.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Walking Through Wild Flowers

One reason I keep going to the trail are the beautiful plants. Right now is the perfect time to visit with all the wild plants blossoming. Flowers make me feel happy.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Spring!

Various plants currently blooming in my garden. It's time - start gardening guys!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

More Planting!

First and second pictures from the top are those of swamp milkweed. Third and fourth pictures are those of spider flower (cleome hasslerana). Last picture, I have no clue what this seedling is. The plant tag I used was made of cardboard paper and it must have decomposed and lost it. Well, I hope it grows some flowers or fruits I could enjoy and eat. By the way, all these were started from seeds sent by Wintersown.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Planting Sweet Fennel

These sweet fennel seedlings were started from seeds that Wintersown has sent me months ago. I had so much success that most of the seeds have germinated. They were grown from those "six-pack trays" and I've noticed that they finally need to be planted on the ground as some have roots sticking out of the container. I have to thin them out and plant each of them with enough space to grow. Enough meaning six inches apart as I don't have the biggest garden. You can see here the expansive root growth and it's cotyledon (?).

Sunday, March 09, 2008

No More Peas

I have to cut and pull out all my peas today. Most of them have dried up because of the heat. I know the weather's starting to warm up and these are winter vegetables. I've managed to collect a few seed pods with mature seeds. I'm saving these seeds for the next winter sowing.

More Seed Sowing

Yes, I did not spend a whole lot of money on these seeds. All of them are less than a buck. I'm trying dahlia seeds too (aside from the tubers that I bought weeks ago) and more vegetable seeds. I'm growing all sorts of peppers this year - jalapeno, cayenne and the bell pepper. I'm also a big fan of okra so I'm growing some too!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sowing Flower Seeds for Spring

Again, I found packets of seeds selling for less than a dollar. So I grabbed a couple of these flower seeds - the Columbine (dragonfly hybrids), Hollyhock (summer carnival) and Sunflower (Mammoth Russian). The sunflower seed packets sell for just 10 cents! It has six seeds - not bad for that price.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sowing Seeds for Spring

I bought a couple of different vegetable seeds for just 97 cents. What a bargain! I'm going to sow some green beans, carrots and cucumbers. Spring is just around the corner so I guess it's best to start sowing the seeds.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

How to Propagate Dahlias

I bought three bags of dahlia tubers the other day - Duet, Bill McKnight and Vancouver (not shown) all bicolor kind.
A bag has about 3 tuberous roots.
Carefully empty the bag in a container for you to work on the tubers. A nice shallow container is perfect.
Carefully separate the tubers with clean shear pruner making sure you leave it with an "eye" or growing points where new shoots will appear. These eyes are typically found at the top of a tuber on the ridge where the tuber joins the stem. Tubers without eyes may root but probably will not sprout.
Leave the tubers a day or two for the "wound" to heal before planting them.
Tubers with very long and thin necks then to rot. Those tubers with necks that easily break off will probably not sprout.
Here is a nice tuber with an "eye".
Tuber with shoots ready to be planted. This is also the "mother tuber".