Monday, August 01, 2016

Citrus Plants -Not so Easy

I had a lemon plant and a lime plant that I bought from a nursery. One died after I had it for a couple of years. I had to throw the other one out, because it got infested with bugs, aphids I think. Citrus plants are hard to grow inside. They exude sticky stuff; it got all over the table they were on. They probably need more light than I was able to give them, and maybe they need to be misted every day to keep the humidity up. I produced 1 or 2 limes the second year. So in caee you are thinking of picking up one of those pretty lime trees, be forewarned that they are high maintenance. The blossoms sure do smell good though.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Gota Kola -Ancient Herb Easy to Grow


I’m munching on this herb as I write.  It’s not that tastey, but, Hey, we can use all the help we can get. When you are eating medicinal herbs, be sure to chew them as much as you can to absorb their benefits better. I’ve grown it for several years now.  It requires minimal care once you get it started. Just be sure to keep it moist.  It’s vining and easy to root in another pot to multiply.  If you want to chew on some every day, you’ll need more than one pot. It can be grown outside in Zone 8 or above. 

I bought mine at Strictly Medicinal Seeds (used to be Horizon Seeds), but now I see they
don’t have any in stock.  Richters in Canada also has it. And  Accents for Home and GardenI advise you to buy the plant and not the seeds which can be difficult to germinate.

Mine is not looking so good.  Maybe I'm not keeping it moist enough or maybe it needs
 more sunshine. I only get about 2 hours of sunlight where I am now, and that's if it's not cloudy.  We've been having a cool summer up here in the Northwest USA.  

It’s good for your brain and circulation among oher things.  You can get info on all it’s supposed to be good for at Herb Wisdom and Secrets of Longevity and Conscious Lifestyle.

Well after reading these descriptions again, I think I need to be eating more of it. Here’s a nice video on growing it and what it is used for.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I'm Back

I’m back.  After a 7-year hiatus I am back to talking about useful houseplants.  Although I did not have much space for growing plants inside and still don't, I have learned a few things which I will be posting about,  I’ve checked the links, and those that are still here are still in business.  So they have at least a 10-year track record. That’s practically a lifetime in internet years.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Moved to Washington

I've moved to Washington state, and we live on an acre lot, so I have a lot more room to grow stuff outside. I have discovered that it takes more than dropping some seeds into the ground to make a garden. I guess I don't remember all the things my mother did long ago to make her garden grow, but I'm learning. I love listening to Cordi's podcast. She also has a great website.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fragrant Spring or Chinese Toon Tree


I didn't know they were one and the same. Thank you Greenblogosphere.
Now I have a 5 foot Fragrant Spring tree that I got from Raintree Nursery and two little Chinese Toons that I've grown from seed I guess I'll have a Fragrant Spring grove in a few years. The great thing about them is that their leaves are edible. I say the more edible perennial plants you have the better.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Can't anyone grow an Avocado from seed any more?

For the past 4 or 5 years I have been trying to grow an Avocado tree from seeds of avocados that I buy in the grocery store. None have sprouted. I remember in younger years doing this frequently, and I'd say about half of the seeds sprouted. They usually succombed to negligent care later on, but it was not hard to get them started. Now, I cannot get any to sprout. Is this because of they are being irradiated? They are not labeled as being irradiated. I have even bought organic avocados with no sprouting success.

I bought the book The After-Dinner Gardening Book by Richard W. Langer some years ago. (Actually recommended by a reader of this blog.) The book is out of print, but you can buy used copies. It tells about a New York City man's obsession with growing plants from seeds and remnants of foods eaten. It's an engrossing read, but I doubt that Mr. Langer would have as much success these days.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

More on Gac fruit (Wooden Turtle)

I found a source for Gac fruit seeds as in my post last year. They call it Wooden Turtle. I love perusing the Horizon Herbs site. The guy talks familiarly about almost all the plants they offer.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Another source for Lemon Grass

I found another source for Lemon Grass. They sell the Cymbopogon citratus variety. Tropilab also has seeds for other tropical fruits like Barbados Cherry and Guanabana.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Lemongrass and Added new link


Sand Mountain Herbs has lots and lots of seeds of useful herbs. Actually many will be recognizable as common weeds. Is someone really going to plant Dandelion? On the other hand, there are plants that supposedly grow in the wild that I don't know how to recognize such as Mallow and Feverfew. I'm going to get some of these seeds, grow them and then maybe I'll be able to recognize the wild plant.

I don't have much of a problem with mosquitoes where I live, but if I did, I would certainly get some lemongrass seeds. These people swear by its use as a mosquito repellent. Lemongrass has also been scientifically tested. Sand Mountain sells Cymbopogon flexuosus but the mosquito repellent articles refer to Cymbopogon citratus. Apparently they are very similar and interchangeable for most uses.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sweet Prayer, Katemfe--I give up


The Sweet Prayer, aka Katemfe (or Katempfe) or ego, is a Western African plant that is 1500 times sweeter than sugar. But I give up; after looking high and low on the Internet for months, I can't find a supplier of the seeds or plant anywhere. The scientific name is Thaumatococcus daniellii. Apparently some company has synthesized the sweet ingredient thaumatin, but it does not seem to have been commercialized much. For the conspiracy minded, maybe aspartame interests are paying someone off.

In Australia there is an invasive plant they call sweet prayer, but there is some kind of mistake, because they say it is Thaumastochloa danielii which does not show up anywhere on plant indices. It is the correct family Marantaceae, but it appears that the genus is wrong. So if someone in Australia wants to check this out, I would like to have some seeds from this "weed" if it really is sweet prayer.