Sunday, October 26, 2008

How to Grow Hyacinths Indoors

Basically the same procedure as growing narcissus. Check out yesterday's post.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

How to Grow Narcissus Indoors

I have two packages of narcissus bulbs, three of each - jetfire and salome.
You need some rocks for the bulbs to anchor their roots once they're start growing. These are some of the leftover river rocks that I have in the garden and some rocks I usually use on my cactus plants. Make sure they're clean by washing them in water.
Look for a nice vase or any container you would like to use for your bulbs to grow into. I picked this large clear vase to hold 6 bulbs of narcissus.
Start by laying the rocks at the bottom of the vase. Aside from rocks, you can use other planting mediums such as pebbles, marble chips, or dirt.
Carefully place the bulbs on top of the rocks. You need lots of bulbs to create a nice bouquet of narcissus flowers.
Put enough water until it reaches just at the base of the bulbs. Use bottled water - do not use tap water as it has chlorine. Place it in a dark room during the root formation and move it to a well-lighted area during budding and flowering.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

At the Pumpkin Patch

Lots and lots of pumpkins - all sorts - and some weird-looking gourds.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

How to Make Birdhouse Gourds

These are the gourds that I harvested from my vine. They were first washed with soap and water, towel dried, and placed under the sun for a couple of days.
Trace the circular opening for your gourd birdhouse. I used the cap of my vitamin bottle. Bigger holes are good for big birds. Smaller holes for small birds. I first used a drill to make the hole(s) for my jigsaw. The drill holes were along the circular pattern that I traced.
I used the soft wood cutting blade on my jigsaw.
Carefully cut along the trace and make the opening. Use a mask to avoid inhaling the dust.
Use a spoon to scrape out all the seeds and residues in the gourd.
A little sanding around the opening to polish it.
Again, grab your drill and make holes for the hooks so you can hang them. You can use wire as hooks.
These are all the seeds I've collected from two gourds. The other group is from another kind of gourd (not shown in the pictures).

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Castor Bean Plant

I've discovered some castor bean plant growing wild along some deserted area close to where I live. The seeds contain oil and is among the most deadly seeds - reason I can not have this on my yard.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Rotting Produce

These are some of the vegetables I left to mature for seed saving. They've been left outside for weeks now and they're starting to rot.