Thursday, June 29, 2017

Panda Pots In Bulk

Don't spin your wheels.   I used to go to the closes merchandiser and purchase pot in singles. That is a waste of time and money. In most cases you need a lot of pots to display for spring so its best to purchase them in larger quantity. Last summer I used panda pots.  They were plastic pot that had a terracotta look.  5 of the 12 inch diameter 3 1/2 gallon pots cost  29.00. Typically that would be the cost of one pot at your local store.

I also purchased their 4 inch starter pots and they come in a pack of  50 for $17.00 dollars and are made of recycled plastic. If you needed to purchase pots in bulk with panda pots they can be found at panda pots




Please subscribe to my youtube channel at Brandy's Botany Bay.  Also check out my etsy shop where I sell rare and unusual plants it is also called Brandy's Botany Bay.  I update my instagram daily so it if would like to see what I am growing follow me on instagram.





Creating a beautiful Garden

One of the most important moves for me is  growing plants that you don't typically see.  If you are going to grow a tomato grow a yellow, purple or  green one instead of the basic red.  Going to your neighborhood nursery will  give you the typical neighborhood look.   But, when you take the time to search for seeds that aren't typical you will stand out.

I have shopped all over the Internet for a wide variety of species. Then I decided to start my own seed  shop with the  off-springs of my adventures. I take great prided in being able to share with others and seeing how amazed they are when they grow great specimens.  Please check out my etsy shop Brandys Botany Bay.   Please subscribe to Brandy's Botany Bay youtube channel as well.





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moonflowers

If you like morning glories you will love the moon flower. Although, it does not have the color of a morning glory flower it doesn't pale in beauty. The flowers are extra large about the size of the palm of my hand.  The white is  so  bright it seems to  glow. Even the  buds  and seedpods are beautiful in their  own right. It is the perfect night flower for us insomniacs. Checkout my night video of the beautiful blooming flowers.



The pods after the moonflower has bloomed has a neat look as well.  they are very large and interesting to look at. Checkout the video below for a up close look at them.





Lastly,I dried out the pods and harvested the seeds .That was a fun process and very                               calming thing to do.







I tried to document start to finish of how to grow moonflower and my videos weren't quite perfect but they also were not worthless. This last video shows my moonflowers in the vining stages and seedling stages. Please subscribe to my youtube  channel to learn the techniques I use to grow plants. Please check out my etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing moonflowers and other varieties at Brandy's Botany Bay.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moringa The Miracle Tree


 Moringa is also known as the miracle plant because it has a great reputation for healing many ailments. It has gained popularity as a medicinal herb over the past five years. It is a pretty simple herb to grow if you use the method I provide in my video below. 






The basic method is to start your seeds off with a good soak in water. This should be for about 2 days.  Then remove the seeds from the water for a day or two to  allow them to start  rooting.  Once they root place them in the dirt.   Do not allow them to root so long that they develop leaves and stems as they are in this picture above at that point they won't adapt to the soil well.

You can find Moringa seeds at my etsy shop by clicking on the link. Please don't forget that moringa is a very health herb that can be used for lowering blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, protecting against arsenic toxicity and some use it to regulate their fertility. Beyond it's medicinal uses don't forget how beneficial it is as a supplement:


  • 9 times the protein of yogurt
  • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 15 times the potassium of bananas
  • 17 times the calcium of milk
  • 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
  • 25 times the iron of spinach
Please check out the video below where I express how beatifically it has been for me during my recovery from a serious illness. The moringa in powder form that I use can be found here





If you prefer to have moringa in pill form check out the video below. In capsule for it just contains pure moringa in a vegan capsule.  It can be purchase  at this link.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Summer Reading



School is almost out in Nebraska. We have to keep our children's minds sharp. A weekly trip to the library is a inexpensive way to continue teaching your child. I prefer to go with a theme so my son can read books that suit his interest.   Last summers theme was books on gardening. We found books that were based on different ethnicity, cultures, but stayed with the theme of a particular plant or way of gardening.





What Is A Good Age To Teach Children About Nature?




My children are extremely helpful in the garden. The question is what is the best age to starting delegating gardening responsibilities.  Young children should know that vegetables don't just come from the  grocery store.  My son is only two so he his knowledge of seasonal gardening is limited. I plan on teaching him a lot this year.  Beans are the  perfect plant to start with, because they are big enough to fit in their little hands comfortably.

Simply soaking a seed will jump start the seed into sprouting in a day or two. This will give the child the option to remember that  the seed has changed from its original state. I would suggest using beans such as hyacinth, fava beans, or even a  scarlet runner.

I once used a method of starting a bean in a a jar so my kids can watch them grow.  It was a perfect way for the child to watch the bean swell, loose its protective shell, develop roots and sprout leaves.



The method of growing beans in  a jar is better for a child between the age of 4 and 7.     At that age kids have a better understanding.      Please watch the video below to watch my son talk about growing hyacinth beans inside of a jar.






Are Video Games Good For Kids?



Kids don't  play outside like they used to.  Most children prefer to stay inside and play video games. I will admit my kids like to sit inside and play video games too. But, I do push them outside and tell them to enjoy nature. Brandon started his own little garden and started with growing clovers. 

However, in the process he discovered a little friend. He chased around this little frog and had a great time. My only issue with Brandon was convincing him not to mess with every animal that he saw.

For example, he came inside the house one day and told me that he was trying to catch a giant guinea pig. He said that the guinea pig was very pretty and it was black with a pretty white stripe down its back. He said he tried to chase it but it ran away. Judging  by his description I discovered he was actually talking about a skunk. I am so glad he didn't get sprayed. 

I will admit I am highly impressed by Brandon's infatuation with nature.  It seems that most animals enjoy his company as much as he enjoys theirs.  I do my best to encourage him with by frequent trips to the zoo and purchasing books about animals. 

Thanks to his love of video games like Minecraft, Terraria he has learned about rocks and minerals.Yes, he is a all around nature boy.        
But as much as  I want to condemn video games like most parents I did  notice there is certain knowledge that he has gained that was not provided by his homework. When I hear him talking about uranium, obsidian, quartz and I am not mad at all. Minecraft and Geometry dash have given him extra math and team-building skills. I guess the best thing we can do as parents and make sure there is a balance. We have to make sure they get their physical activity and monitor what games they play.