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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 16:35
Orchids and Amaryllis

Winter in the Window

As you can see, I like to keep it summer ALL the time... The amaryllis both turned out to be red! Funny, I had a hibiscus patio plant that started out with peachy flowers and returned next season with red flowers. Anyway, two of the orchids are sitting in front of the Aerogardens... They had to be rescued from scale bugs. These are nasty little bugs that have to be removed by hand (unless you like spraying stuff that is usually not so good for you either). I have to check the orchids every week or so for these critters. Thing is, I don't know where they come from. I have a a few palms, bamboo, christmas cactus, jade plant, etc. but these bugs don't seem to bother them. They just seem to like orchid leaves. Maybe I'll try some homemade soap spray on them next.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2010 07:49
Indoor garden in winter PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 17:19
Red Amaryllis

Here is one of the long-awaited Amarylli...Just as the weather is at its worst, it is nice to have some plants with color going inside. One of the amarylli finally bloomed. Surprise! It was red instead of the light peach I thought. Well, we've got another on the way that looks closer to the color I thought it would turn out.

yellow and red cherry tomatoes

We grow salads with 2 Aerogardens, (the classic and Pro 200). We've got mesclun greens and yellow and red cherry tomatoes going right now.

striped phaelenopsis

The striped phaelenopsis (pink) returned with its usually lovely and long lasting blooms. I find that the spaghum moss works better for these phaelenopsi, Dendrobiums like things dryer for their feet, hence wood chips work well for them.

A Fresh Winter Salad PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 08:41
Greens Grown in Winter

Here is a winter salad. The beet greens are growing outside in the coldframe we made from the square foot gardening box. The other greens were grown with mesclun mix in the Aerogarden inside. We are still anticipating the cherry tomatoes (yellow and red varieties). We've been getting greens from this setup for the past few months. Beet, Cabbage, Kale and other sturdy leafed greens make healthy additions to your winter diet. You can steam or fry them with spices and herbs too.

More Orchids PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 January 2010 16:52

Here are a few more. Phalenopsis both medium and small this week...

multi-color orchid

A miniture orchid

small orange_pink orchid
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:10
A Happy New Year in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 January 2010 11:19

The orchids are waking up from their winter slumber... Picutured is the lavender and white phalenopsis. Spikes have appeared on the pink stripe phalenopsis and the tiny pink and orange phalenopsis. A slow poke Amaryllis is taking its time growing out but can't wait for the lovely pink blossoms.

Cherry Tomatoes

Meanwhile, the cherry tomato plants have set fruit. There are two varieties, a Red Heirloom cherry and a yellow Golden Harvest cherry. Along with the mesclun greens in the Aerogarden and beet greens, (STILL going strong out in the coldframe) they will all make a nice winter salad.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2010 11:31
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