Thursday, July 12, 2012

My avocado tree died

I did exactly what you are not supposed to do with a baby avocado tree.
Right after forcing it into transplant shock I bathed it in harsh constant full sun . This was too much for such a young tree and proved to be its end. I might have been able to save it if i had simply given it proper shade. Had i constructed even a wall of card board it might have been enough to give the tree time to put out new growth.
I did not get a picture of the dead avocado tree because i was so distraught over killing my baby.

But i did get a picture of about three days before it fully went.

Oh well, i suppose i Will simply need to try again and do it with more experience under my belt.

Thanks guys! Come back soon !

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Avocado Tree transplant!

So, I wanted to use my earthbox for something other then a tree, because that is permanent and I would love to put herbs in there instead. What I decided to do was to move my avocado tree to out behind my house.
Empty EarthBox
 So my avocado sprout was in the Earthbox HERE , but  I took it from the Earthbox and decided to put it out back. But this left a large open spot just waiting to be filled.

As with any time you transplant some form of plant life it will sustain some kind of damage. This is because the roots that you are disturbing are similar to your insides (stomach, liver, kidney ect.) and if you go poking around in there it will cause some damage, just like getting surgery. 

A good amount of this shock could have been stopped by a good transplant fluid, basically a vitamin bath you cover the plant and its roots in when moving it. It provides all the nutrients and good stuff for the tree
Newly Transplanted Avocado Tree

The leaf wilt from transplant shock

The transplant shock is rather pronounced in the wilting of the smaller newer leaves, as they tend to die out first, leaving the older larger healthier leaves to keep the plant going.

You can see where I put the tree, it gets full all day southern sun exposure, and the plot of dirt is surrounded by black asphalt which increases the heat in the area by probably 10 degrees. All said this little guy will have one heck of a time making it through this summer in its new location. Here is hoping I can keep my little tree alive and well!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Happy Avocado tree sprout.

About 2 months ago I stuck a Avocado seed in my Earth-box. I has sprouted and seems to be doing just fine! It makes me happy to see that I can create life by just putting a seed in the ground! Maybe this is why I enjoy plants and gardening so much? 

I have wanted to grow an avocado tree for some time now, and the fact that I got one to pop up out of the ground is something that makes me smile. I love avocado fruit, in fact if I were stuck on an island with a choice of 3 foods to eat for the rest of my life avocado would be one of those!

 my doggy, kun kun decided to give it a sniff as well.
You can see the new leaf on the left, obviously new because of how light it is.

The lastly you can see that The baby tree is doing very well because it is already sprouting new tiny leaves to continue its growth patter, which is up!

OK guys! thaks for reading ! come back soon to get another glimpse into my garden.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ant Problems?

Ants are great, unless they get into your house, kitchen, and then your Lucky Charms! then they are all bad!

Boric acid ant bait:

on stove top mix 1/2C Water with 1/2 C Sugar until disolved, then add 1 TBSP BORIC ACID. Place this mixture away from pets/birds/ stuff that will drink it, except for the ants.
Place the mixture in bottle caps where ants frequent and when they find it they will eat it and share it with the colony, and it should knock the colony back by a good amount , if not all the way.

 This stuff will work too.


Ants in your garden are generally not a bad thing, in fact they can be a very good thing, fighting off the bad insects. However they can make a kind of "nursery" for aphids . aphids are bad because they cause problems with your plants (citrus and the like) and the reason why ants like them is they poop out a tasty sugary stuff that ants eat up! and to keep this source of "candy" they will fight off the predatory insects that would naturally feed on aphids.

Thus the boric acid bait comes into play.

so get out there and protect your fruit trees from aphids by knocking back those ants! or just rid them from your home.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Now is the time for Copper!

Advancing to copper age!

Now is the right time to apply those copper sprays, and anti fungus products. But what are you talking about? you ask? Why Peach Leaf Curl is what I am talking about, of course! Peach leaf curl will make your peach tree grow cancerous looking leaves, that are bubbley , and curled. These leaves will eventually shrivel and fall off, spreading the disease and that is terrible. This will also affect the fruit production of the tree, either stopping it or severely limiting the harvest of fruit.

Peach Leaf Curl : Pic taken from

Friday, January 27, 2012

How to combat the cold

I know you all are wondering how you will ever make your garden survive the winter. You just planted all your favorite annuals , and want them to survive their first winter so you can have a wonderful production in following spring. Well, here are a few tips to survive the cold.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bamboo Recovery started

Hello everybody!
I am making progress on getting my bamboo back to health. As you might know I was having problems with my bamboo dying. I found that the problem was either too much liquid fertilizer or a bacterial infection OR SOMETHING ! But the cure was simply to change the water every three days and replace it with a solution of 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 Gallon water, and to disinfect the Snapple bottle I am using as a vase. This is the progress of about 7 days of treatment.

This is the whole thing. Much of the bamboo shaft turned yellow, and most of the leaves have turned yellow and fell off. Extensive damage was done, in fact if this were a car accident those people who provide car insurances would have totaled it, and just issued me a check for a replacement. However I feel rather sentimental about this particular bamboo, as it is my first, and I want it to grow to be huge and prosperous!

 As you can see there is new growth , which makes me very happy! The tiny leaf in the middle shooting out is the start of recovery. The bamboo is basically a grass, and as such will shed the dead stuff and start over.

The yellowing on the secondary stalk should come right off once the green parts under it have matured. It will act much like a scab when you scrape you elbow, protection for the soft under parts!

OK, Thanks for reading guys! come back again soon! Next time I will probably show off my avocado tree baby! 
I will probably not have any "real" garden stuff for you guys any time soon just because of the weather and time of year, but once spring shows up I will ride that season for all it's worth! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hello All! It has been a while. But as winter has taken hold the garden has basically died off an left me with only my few indoor plants to talk about. Here goes my briefing on my bamboo . 

I bought this fancy little bamboo stick for a full DOLLAR at my local 99Ranch Market. The store always smells like fish, because they have a huge fish department, but I might have to go back in to get a new bamboo because I seem to be killing my first. 
 Bamboo is supposed to be one of the toughest plants around, but I guess if you do things wrong you can kill just about anything. haha. Poor bamboo, it's got yellow leaves and even the steam is changing color a bit.
I know, lots of you thought I had a green thumb, and maybe I do have it a little, but relying only on talent will not be enough I have
found. I need to learn enough to keep my plants healthy.

 But I was able to email my aunt, who is crazy smart, and she told me what to do after I told her what I was doing. I was using a liquid fertilizer, probably in excess, and the plant was burning, or it was a bacterial infection and changing the water and replacing it with a solution of 1 TBS Bleach to one gallon water is about all you can do in both cases

The next step is to sit and wait, and hope for the best.

So, that is about it, I might have an update on my basil soon, or perhaps my Orange tree again, I am thinking of giving it a trim for the first time!

Thanks for reading all! and come back again soon!