Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sprouts, Sprouts And More Sprouts

Growing plants outside of there typical zone can be a challenge. I enjoy growing plants from tropical regions such as Africa and South American but there is extra care that has to go into them.   Lighting is a serious factor.  Although outside conditions maybe too harsh for the plant, when you bring them indoors you might need them to have them facing a window or you may need to purchase a grow light.  Desert plants like cacti and succulents require the warm conditions that maybe optimal outdoors but too much rain can kill them instantly.  Be sure you place them in a place that is guarded from the rain.  I place them in a area where my roof extends and prevents the rainfall from effecting my plants.  

A greenhouse is nice place to store your tropical plants if they are place in decent place in your garden.   If the greenhouse is under direct sun it will basically bake all of the plants inside.  If it is place in a place that is too shaded it will become a breeding ground for Roly Polies which enjoy feasting off of young sprouts and struggling seedlings.

So pay attention to your plants needs.  They all don't have the same requirements so be mindful to gather plants together that fall into the same category or require the same care. 

Grow A Herb Garden

Having a kitchen garden is super important. Essential herbs are great for culinary and medicinal purposes.  One of my favorite herbs to grow is mint.  It can be invasive and take over your whole    yard if you let it.  However, that is what I like about it.  It grows strong and spreads with little care.  You have it whenever you need it.  I love the smell of it as well.

Basil is another favorite because it has so many culinary uses.  It goes perfectly with tomato.  It also has a sweet spicy aroma that is all its own.  Cilantro is also a multifaceted herb to grow, it adds the perfect touch to Mexican cuisine.  It also has such a fresh taste that it compliments just about any vegetable.  If you are interested  in learning more about herbs and growing strategies please check out my YouTube channel.
I also sell rare seeds for your garden on etsy @Brandysbotanybay

How To Grow A Mango

Growing fruit trees is simpler than you think.  Even the most exotic fruits can be mastered, with a little patience.  I really wanted to grow a mango tree and I worked at it until I found a technique that works. The first thing you must do is remove the seed from the seed coat.  You can score the outside of the seed coat and then cut through it with a knife, be gentle so you do not damage the seed inside.
When see the actual seed it is not intimidating at all.  It looks a lot like a basic bean.   Place the seed inside of a wet napkin and place the napkin inside of a a plastic bag.  Place the bag in a dark place and wait about a week.  You should receive beautiful roots, and your seed would be ready to place in dirt.  Once you place it in the dirt it will flourish into a beautiful plant.

My mango tree is over a year old.  It is growing very slowly but is very strong.  Please check out my video update of my mango, feel free to subscribe to my channel.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fingerprint Fava Beans

Fingerprint Fava Beans are my latest adventure.  I purchased the seeds from   This my second time growing Fingerprint Fava, the last time I grew them the cold killed them right after they flowered. I didn't get the opportunity to enjoy as many beans as I would have liked to.  I am not impressed by the flavor of flava beans, a matter of fact I prefer lima beans.  But, the look of them is amazing.  They look like they are made of wood.  They all have their own perfect design.

As I stated before this is my second time growing them so I know the pro's and con's.  The con is that they must be extremely sweet because slugs, rollie pollies and other bugs love to eat them as soon as they sprout.  With the destruction of the seed in most cases the plant does not flourish.  So as a precaution, I decided to sprout the seed before placing them in the dirt.
I simply place them in a napkin, wet the napkin and placed them in a 
plastic bag until they sprouted.  Five out of five of the beans had roots in a week in a half.  So I placed them in the dirt and they are growing in my grow room inside of my house.  I had to make sure I started early so I could enjoy the plant throughout summer and spring.    Check out the video below of my grow room.   Please subscribe to my youtube channel and feel free to comment as well.

Lauritzen Botanical Gardens

There isn't a place more peaceful than the botanical gardens.  I've visited the Botanical Gardens of Atlanta, Dallas and the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens which is located in Omaha.  The Lauritzen is a tranquil place that has a ton of rare species of plants. This garden did not limit itself to just plants.  It also has a beautiful train track that runs through it.

The theme of trains are quite dominant throughout this botanical garden due to Omaha history with the railroad system.  There is also other themes such as the rose garden, children's garden and others.  My family has visited a few times and we really enjoyed it.
If you live in the Omaha or Area I suggest getting a membership and visiting frequently it is worth it. The Lauritzen Garden is located at 100 Bancroft St, Omaha, NE 68108

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Sunflower Challenge

Sunflowers are a relatively easy plant to grow.  They usually take about
7 to 10 days to germinate from seed and  80 to 120 days to bloom.  The blooms usually stay last a long time and when they cease to bloom they are great for birds and squirrels to munch on.  I took a sunflower challenge with a few youtube friends and displayed beautiful flowers.  The fun thing about the challenge is that there are so many variety of sunflowers and different sizes. So you can decide to    grow sunflowers that have the traditional look, fuzzy flowers like teddy bear or sunflowers with a variety of colors.  I decided to purchase a mix of sunflowers so I could enter the best looking one in the contest.  But, this summer I want to grow something really tall so I might grow mammoth sunflower.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Garden Chatter

Although, gardening outdoors is seasonal there are things that can be done during the winter.  I usually purchase and research what seeds I am going to add to my garden. This is helpful since seeds are on sale and you can find great deals online.  You also can find pots cheaper during the fall and winter.  I also had to bring my plants indoor so I have been experimenting with grow lights.  Check out the video below of some of the seeds that I purchased.