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The Seeding of the Nursery – Gallery

The Seeding of the Nursery – Gallery

Here are the seeds which have been sown today (Friday 29 Aug 2014) in the nursery. A total of 16 seed trays and 34 types of plants. Watch the video for more of the seeding info and background:

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A gift of cherry pepper seeds

A gift of cherry pepper seeds

My friend Ahmed Alsharaf, another avid gardener and lover of animals, visited this morning and gifted me a can of Cherry Pepper seeds complete in their own container that only needs water, sun and some loving attention for them to grow.

No this is no lazy gardening, but every help in ensuring a good crop must be welcome by any gardener, and these come at a very opportune time as my nursery is almost ready (wait for next week’s episode and I’ll show you my handiwork). This can of goodness will take pride of place in the nursery and I’ll keep you updated with its progress.

What are your plans? Do you have any kind of nursery going or will start one soon for the coming season? What goodies do you have? Let’s compare notes!

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Hello Turnera subulata bushes

Hello Turnera subulata bushes

Turnera Subulata

As you know, we went out last weekend and grabbed a few things for the garden. We picked up five small bushes because their flowers and shape drew us. Unfortunately the garden nursery staff didn’t know the actual name of the plant.

This is not the first time that I got a plant that I didn’t know the name, and yes, I know it’s quite important to do so in order for you to conduct basic research to know the needs of the plant. How else do you expect something to thrive if all you know about it is that it’s green and flowers from time to time?

My go-to method of identifying a plant is to ask. Of course. But before doing that, what I’ve found pretty effective is to take a picture of the leaves or flowers (or both) and upload it to Google Image Search. Just click the camera icon in the search field, select the upload tab and upload your image. I find higher resolution bigger images work best. In most cases, I get a close enough match to help me drill down further to eventual identification.

This is what I’ve done this morning with these new bushes. I noticed that their flowers open in the morning, so I snapped a quick picture on my way to the car this morning, came to the office, uploaded it and started the search. It wasn’t very long that I was led to the plant’s Turnera subulata Wikipedia page.

Thank you very much Google for making our live’s easier!

How do you go about identifying your plants? Do you have any tips and tricks you can offer? Please share your knowledge.

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MahmoodsGarden surpasses 1,000 likes on Facebook

MahmoodsGarden surpasses 1,000 likes on Facebook

Yes! We’ve surpassed 1,000 likes on Facebook in under a week since launch of the page! Very happy. Thank you all VERY much indeed for making this happen. Thank you for your support, I really appreciate it.

I would really appreciate it if you would subscribe to the YouTube channel, just follow this link: http://YouTube.com/MahmoodsGarden and hit the “subscribe” button. This will allow you to get notified whenever a new episode or video is released.

Thanks again guys. Very much appreciated.

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Going potty

Going potty

This weekend’s project is to make use of some of the tens of pots we have lying around. My wife suggests we open a garden shop, or at least do a yard sale to get rid of some of them. No way, I say. Pots are meant to be mini-gardens, and that’s what I’m going to do this weekend. And to be fair, it was she who suggested that I use some of the pots, something that escaped my mind 😉

The cacti gathering

This is how one potted garden once looked by our pool. Most of those plants actually still survive but are spread around the garden and in my xeriscaped border to the side of our house. Let’s see if we can do something as nice this time.

But, you’ll have to wait for specifics as all will be revealed in the third episode of the Mahmood’s Garden Show scheduled for release this Saturday 16th August, 2014.

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Resting Man
Palm Tree Killing Beetle

Palm Tree Killing Beetle

Another palm in our garden is dead. Thanks to this beetle. We have to remove the “Khawajah” palm from the garden now and must get someone to come spray the rest of the palms so that they do not spread to the rest of them, or more importantly, don’t spread to the rest of the neighbourhood. Sad.

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Agave Erection!

Agave Erection!

Look at my Agave’s magnificent erection!

This one loves the “Witch’s Cauldron” and is the best Agave I have in my collection. Unfortunately though, this erection means that after it flowers it will die 🙁 but not without first giving its viewer (and the bees) much pleasure!

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Xeriscaped border revisit
The Lime Harvest