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Monday, June 11, 2012

4 Tips for Picking Perfect Produce

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Monday, June 4, 2012

DIY Apple Seedling Starter Results

Photo: Plants Growing in DIY Apple Carton Seedling Starter

I planted a variety of seeds in a DIY Apple Carton Seedling Starter I created in April. See Post.  As you can see from the photo above, it was a partial success.  Some seeds took off better than others.

What Grew:

  1. Anise
  2. Broad Leaf Sage
  3. Unknown Plant Growing at Peppermint Site
  4. Marjoram
  5. Horehound
  6. Siam Queen Thai Basil
  7. Balm
  8. Leek
Seeds that Failed to Germinate:
  1. Lavender (fragrant)
  2. Summer Savory
  3. Peppermint
  4. Parsley Paramont
  5. Chives

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thornless Raspberry Canes Bearing Fruit

Photo: Canby Raspberry Ripening 

Photo: Canby Raspberry Buds Developing Into Fruit

I ordered my Canby Raspberry canes from earlier this year, and I am surprised these bare sticks formed fruit the first year.  The berries are delicious, and are also a pleasure to pick since Canby Raspberries have no thorns!    

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Free Hawaiian Wedding Flower by Mail

Photo: Hawaiian Wedding Flower, Free Plant of the Month by

Free Plants By Mail ( was started by local growers as a way to use the surplus plants from nurseries and also as a way to support The Nature Conservancy.  Free Plants By Mail offers a new free plant each month.  This month they are offering a Hawaiian Wedding Flower.  The Hawaiian Wedding Flower is also known as the Stephanotis Flower, which are small, star shaped and sweet-scented white flowers used commonly in weddings.

Although the plant itself is free, you do have to pay a small shipping and handling fee of $6.95.
This organization also has over 100 plants available for sale on their site.  100% of the proceeds from the sale will go to The Nature Conservancy.

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Tips on Growing a Tastier Tomato

Did you know over-watering your tomato plant can dilute the taste of the tomato?  You can also water your plants with sea water or brackish water to bring out deeper flavors of the tomato.  For more tips, click on the following link:  How To Grow The Tastiest Tomato? One Secret's In The Soil