Aloes produce many pups during a good growing season. Last summer I re-potted dozens of pups into larger clay pots. I like to put pea gravel on top of the sandy potting soil.
I had about two dozen good sized baby aloes that I planted in clay pots ranging from 6" to 10". I put them in the greenhouse before the first frost, back in October. We had a second polar blast a week ago. The first blast gave us 20 degree nights. My aloes made it thru the nights with just a coal oil lamp burning Read more [...]
Ok, for funsies I decided to try to re-sprout/re-grow celery cores, just to see what would happen.
Here in east Texas, celery will not grow properly. We just don't have a long enough time of cold weather. It can be below or at freezing for a few days, but before the week is out it can be back into the 60s. This fluctuation just wont do for trying to grow celery from seed.
I left more of the baby stalks at the center core than others do. The one on the left is a half week older than Read more [...]
Last year I planted a few sweet potato slips for funsies. Some store bought sweet potatoes had sprouted and I decided to root and grow the sprouts. The result was impressive, to me. I found that each slip grew 3 large (about a pound each) potatoes. They were good and actually tasted better than the store bought ones. This picture shows a small part of the harvest. These potatoes are nice, rounded and large. The meat was rich orange.
With a big, easy harvest in mind, this year I planned Read more [...]
I am always looking for something new and interesting to grow, so I got some from the grocery store. I bought several plump chunks and started several plants.
This is my first season to grow grocery store turmeric. This is my best plant - I'm pretty impressed with the results. I made a mistake though, this pot is about 12" high and almost 12" across. I think it might be too small. Next spring I am going to use larger pots and plant more. A pot should be at least 12" deep and 12 Read more [...]
I bought some green heirloom cotton seeds from Southern Exposure seeds. I have been growing a half dozen or so plants for a few years, just collecting the cotton for the time being.
I planted the plants - this year from last year's seeds - in the spring and the cotton was ready to harvest by late summer. I decided to just leave the plants in the ground after harvest. I then noticed that the plants put on new leaves and then new buds. I let them grow. By late fall and cold weather, the Read more [...]
I like my large 2 1/2' to 3' rosemary plants in large clay pots on the patio. I purchased my last few rosemary plants from the produce section of a grocery store at $2.99 or so each. This is too expensive to keep doing, so I decided to try to grow my own rosemary plants from cuttings because I realized this is how nursery rosemary plats are grown - from cuttings not from seeds. I do have a packet of rosemary seeds and intend to sprout them at some point in the future.
I took several 3-4" Read more [...]
Last year I bought a dozen Ozark ever-bearing strawberry plants from Gurneys. They put out babies and I now have strawberries all over, even growing in the dirt around the door to my greenhouse where I had some of these pots sitting when trying to find a place for them.
My original plants didn't produce well the first year, but this second year they are turning out the berries. Strawberry plants should live for about 5 to 6 years, but start to decline after about 3 years. My plants are ever Read more [...]
I discovered this by accident. I have a 3 year old Goji Berry (also called Wolf Berry) that is ready to go into the ground this spring, if I can find the proper location.
It is a 3 foot tall, bushy plant with soft, thin branches that easily snap. I accidentally snapped off one while moving the plant and decided to put in a small container filled with perilite and a dash of vermiculite. I checked it a week later and to my surprise it had several short, translucent white roots growing Read more [...]
Upon closer examination of the 4 pots with buckeyes planted in them, I realized that they all did infact sprout. The other 4 just hadn't surfaced yet, but their roots were growing out of the pots. I'm very pleased. The buckeye/firecracker plant is a real gem.
Circled in red are the 2 buckeyes that sprouted first. (Notice a sprouting pine in the pot on the right)
I had gathered 6 buckeyes, all from the same 3' plant down the driveway. It is said that the germination rate of these plants Read more [...]
Finally got the greenhouse just about all set up, 2 years after we moved! This is a shot of my cactus shelf.
Some are started from seed and some are propagated by cuttings from larger cactus. Love those little cactus. This is the baby cactus shelf, the larger cactus are sitting around the green house.
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