A Green Thought

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. Welsh Proverb

Time-Lapse: Watch Flowers Bloom Before Your Eyes

National Geographic Short Film Showcase Witness dozens of different types of flowers unfurling in this stunning time-lapse video from filmmaker David de los Santos Gil. He used 5,000 out of 50,000 shots of his floral subjects for the final video, which was filmed over a period of nine months. What Makes blossoms open and close? Here are two fascinating posts. The first is a good introduction to this fascinating topic. The second is more detailed.

Something for the Birds

TIP – A simple clay saucer filled with fresh food or water will attract cardinals, blue jays and other birds to your garden. Did you know that a cardinal can live up to 15 years? Blue jays live about seven years or longer. A blue jay in captivity lived to the age of 26.

How are your tomatoes growing?

Remember when planning a tomato seedling to bury a good part of the stem. This encourages development of side rootlets for strong, productive plants Tips for better tomato production. 1. Plant a tomato plant in a place with 10 hours of direct sunlight. 2. Have enough space between plants for air flow. 3. Soak the base of tomato plants once a week or more during windy, hot days. 4. Fertilize every three weeks. I scratch in crushed egg shells, 5. Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches. 6. Use a tomato cage to support plants. 7. When a tomato plant reaches 3 ft., remove the leaves from the bottom 1 ft. of the plant. 8. When tomatoes start to ripen its time to

Gardener’s Glossary – cole

Cole: (as in cole slaw) or cruciferous refers to 37 diverse members of Brassica genus of the mustard family of vegetable plants. The word cole is derived from the Latin caulis referring to a plant’s stem or stalk. The word cruciferous refers to the flowers, which have four equal petals arranged in a cross formation. They are all trace their origin to wild cabbage domesticated thousands of years ago in the northern Mediterranean area. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial substances cruciferous vegetables include cultivars of: kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, rutabaga, turnip, radish, horse radish, kohlrabi, rapini, collards, mustard, turnip, mustard, a

February in the Garden

Fight the urge to prune plants that have been damaged by cold. Limit pruning to removing damaged and unsightly foliage. Don’t cut back any woody stems or branches until spring comes and new growth is produced. If you have plumeria that have been hit by the cold, watch the growing tip. If it appears to be rotting cut it off low enough to cut through a sound part of the stem. Something you can prune now is your fig tree, if it needs it. Removing some of the older wood will increase new growth. Only choose three to five main trunks. Remove all small competing stems from the base and thin out any limbs that are rubbing or crisscrossing. Prune off up to one-third of last year’s growth during this

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