I recently posted about the mystery plants I found growing in my Mother of Thousands pot. When I repotted the 10 Mother of Thousands babies and the two mystery plants, I found some interesting tuberous roots and what appears to be a bulb of some sort.
I don’t usually dabble in bulbous plants (other than the Asiatic Lilies in the garden). So my familiarity with them is limited. Continue reading
This morning I went to pick up the mail, and was so happy to receive my package from Nicky North’s fall seed exchange!
Nicky runs this exchange every year, but this was my first year participating. Basically, the way it is operated is that you send in packs of your spare seeds, and a wish list. Nicky collects all of the seeds from all of the participants, and tries to fulfill as much of your wish list as possible. If she doesn’t have the seeds you are looking for, you will receive bonus (or surprise) seeds instead, adding a bit of mystery to the exchange. Continue reading
Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana)
This kalanchoe daigremontiana, also known as Mother of Thousands, was given to me over the summer by a friend. When I picked up the plants from her doorstep, there was a small pot next to them with another plant in it for me. It wasn’t a Mother of Thousands plant; in fact, I don’t remember what plant it was. Whatever it was, though, it died because Mother dropped all of her babies into that plant pot, and they grew like crazy. There are, however, two other mystery plants growing in the same pot. Continue reading
My secret seed package arrived the other day from the Secret Seed Exchange, and oh, what a package it was! Our guidelines state that participants must send two seed packages to their giftee – but myself and others have experienced some serious generosity from our gifters!
I received the following seeds, many of which are either favourites of mine, or seeds I had planned to purchase in January: Continue reading
Our planting guide has been updated to include the following plants:
Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans
Marvel of Peru
Medusa Ornamental Pepper
(Image from Wikipedia.org)
In the early winter months, after the garden has been put to bed but before it’s time to start seedlings for the spring, I find myself yearning for something to plant. My fingers itch for the feel of soil between them. My mind keeps going to the unfinished garden plan, mentally re-working the layout of the garden. I stare out the window at the backyard: barren of greenery, toyless, empty. It’s downright depressing.
To get through the off-season slump, and to take my mind off of the fact that we once again didn’t get around to building our cold frames, I usually find myself taking inventory of my seeds. What do I need, what do I have, what do I need to order for next year? And, more importantly at this time of year, searching for something, ANYTHING, that I can plant indoors over the winter. Continue reading
This weekend, we prepared the gardens for winter. As I dug out the root bed, I found these little parsnips (and a solitary, lonely carrot) snuggled deep in the soil. Their tops must have been stolen by squirrels, but their tasty roots remained very much intact. Yum!
I’ve always admired orange trees, so I decided to attempt to grow an orange tree from seed, as a houseplant. The homegrown plant will likely never bear fruit, and if it does, it may not be edible. However, it’s fun to see if they’ll grow, and it’s an exciting project to teach kids where their food comes from. Here’s how I did it.
Step 1: Remove the seeds from the orange, and clean the pulp off with your hands, being careful not to damage the seeds. Don’t let the seeds dry out.
Every year, as I learn new things or come up with new ideas, I keep notes. These come in handy when I’m planning future gardens, or helping other people plan their gardens.
These are my gardening notes from 2013.