Saturday, February 13, 2010

I am taking a Winter Olympic garden break.

For the next two weeks I will be glued to my TV taking in as much of the Winter Olympics as I can, the DragonFly will have to wait.
I am a huge winter sports fan, I don’t know where it comes from, I was born in Cuba and now I live in South Florida, in my younger days when my knees were in better shape, I was a decent skier; these days all I can handle is recreational cross-country skiing when ever I find myself in winter country.
I have to say that the opening ceremonies last night were the best I have ever seen, Vancouver and Canada put on a great show. I know that there is controversy about the cost of putting on the games, but I am glad that there are cities willing to take on the challenge.
I spend a few days in Vancouver five years ago, and the city won me over. What a beautiful place, of all the cities I have visited in my lifetime, it is easy on the top of my list.

I lost my night bloomer / Dragon fruit tree.

Last night we had a violent storm with winds up to 60 miles per hour, and my night bloomer was the casualty.
I had a feeling the days were number for this beautiful plant, the coconut trunk holding it was rotting and showing signs that it was cracking.

This picture was from better days.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The mysteries of seeds

I have a demanding full time job and my time in the garden is limited, that’s why sowing seeds has never been high in my gardening priority. I don’t have the time or the patience.

This year for the first time I’m sowing seeds in my vegetable garden, and having mix success. In this tray the squash did well and the zucchini did not.
My neighbor tells me that is all about the seeds, and that as long as I insist on buying those sold by the major home stores it will continue to happen. “Buy from catalogs grasshopper”
I have a question when is a good time to transplant the squash to the ground????

This year I am having an abundance of yellow sherry tomatoes.