Max’s Weblog

Life, Thoughts, Gardening.

Winter sucks! November 29, 2008

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It’s hard for me to garden in the cold months.  Everything goes to seed, but.. Well, it’s weird here. Just like in the tropics, plants bloom, fruit, then stay dormant for a short while then do it again. Bananas, Avocados. and all kinds of trees and fruits are blooming right now, yet it’s hard to gain motivation.

Either way, life aside from gardening has been great. I’m learning to play the guitar, the garden while dim has been going okay, school’s been fun, my cat’s alright, and I had a fantastic thanksgiving.

I hope I’ll be able to post some more soon and MAYBE take some pictures finally 🙂

 

Not my garden, but close ;) October 15, 2008

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Hi dad!

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CATERPILLARS AND BUTTERFLIES!

This is going to be a ***** if I have to add tags around these for them to show up! ):<

EDIT: Arg, I had to xd

 

Wow. September 14, 2008

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2 Weeks? It’s been a long time. I haven’t been posting because of school and the amount of homework they give. I’ll be posting pretty soon though, sorry for the lack of updates.

 

Tropicals! August 29, 2008

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Hey folks, one word:

School. Anyways….

My two best papayas, I’ve really pampered them.

My mango seed is sprouting, finally. It looked dead but it has a nice root and tiny sprout.

An Avo seedling, sprouted from a seed from our tree.

Lychee seed germinating!

My pepino melons are doing great. Is it a bad idea to transplant it to a bigger pot while it has fruit on it?

My Stevia Rebaudiana plant. I have two, and they’re just fantastic.

 

Damn you, geometrid caterpillars August 24, 2008

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Stop eating my taters!

 

Water feeding August 15, 2008

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http://www.earthlypursuits.com/GardenTips/tip_pumpkin.htm

Allegedly, if you insert one end of a candlewick in water, and the other in the stem of a cucurbit, the water wicked up into the stem will feed the fruit and increase it’s size, moisture, and quicken ripening.

I’m currently experiment with this on a crimson sweet watermelon. I’ve used a piece of 100% cotton. I’ve drilled a hole in the stem, inserted one end of the cotton in the stem and the other in a bottle of water. It’s wicks completely to the stem, and stays completely soaking wet. It uses up water quickly, and seems to be doing the melon good.

I’ll be doing another experiment with water feeding, and taking pictures as it goes along. Expect it soon.

 

On the 10th.. August 12, 2008

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..I was stung by a bee and suffered an allergic reaction for the first time.

I’ve been stung about 3 times in the past 3 weeks, and I refuse to mow my grass because I want to have bees in the yard. I’ve only ever gotten blood poisoning before, but we’d put mud on the sting and blood poisoning wouldn’t happen.

This time, I got stung and started to get hot. Really, really hot. I rushed inside, and looked up the symptoms and I started itching really bad on my head. I was getting hives, another symptom. We didn’t know much about it, and I was hesitant to get a shot, so we put it off for a tiny bit before I went to the hospital. While my mom drove like a loony, I knew I had to have my dad give me the epipen. I had hives all over, I was so hot, I had severe chest pain, my fingertips and lips were numb. I could feel me breath getting labored. He found a good size muscle on my thigh, I patted it to numb it, and he jabbed in the needle. It didn’t hurt a bit, I counted to ten, and that sweet, sweet Epinephrine took effect. My breathing took a while to get back to normal, but I could feel it helping.

I stayed a few hours at the hospital, and because of Epinephrine (adrenaline) injection, I felt the crash. I got really tired, really sore, really fast. They monitored me for a while and told me that I had an upper-middle severity reaction. Because the reactions get worse each time you get stung, I know I have to administer the injection immediately then go to the hospital. I’m glad I’m okay, my dad was really worried and scared.

It’s funny.. I didn’t even feel the sting much. I heard my dad yell, and I thought something was wrong so within a second I was outside of the house and where he was. It wasn’t an emergency, he just wanted to make sure I could hear him, I had my headphones on. Well, somebody had been careless with picking our squash and uprooted a plant. Unfortunately, in my haste, I ran through the clover and had a small stinger in one of my smaller toes. I scraped it out with a fingernail, we got mud on it, but it was too late, I felt the heat and just had a feeling that this would be an allergic reaction. I’m happy I’ve learned what to do in this situation, it’s a dangerous allergy, but with proper precautions won’t harm me.