Went for a quick walk this afternoon and fell onto this beautiful sight that I had to record. The duration of this sunset was just under 4 minutes. It’s sped up 8x here to fit into a 30 second clip. Enjoy!
The first attempt this year at a nursery failed and in this video I tell you why. I also take the opportunity to build on that gained experience and start the 2nd version of the nursery.
Here’s hoping for the best!
Do you have any experiences to share? I’d love to hear from you especially if you’re gardening in Bahrain or the surrounding area. Let’s exchange knowledge (and seeds!)
I look forward to your comments and feedback.
This episode is dedicated to my friend Fadi Fallaha who continues to encourage me to continue on with producing these episodes. Thanks Fadi!
So here you go, a quick update on the status of the garden after an absence of a couple of weeks due to work commitments. This update contains a gardening status check of the seedlings, letting more light into the garden by pruning big trees and preparing for spring and beyond with planting hundreds of bulbs.
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There is nothing that brings a garden to life than birds and their chirping and singing and flitting around. We’re blessed to have several varieties who have made our garden their home.
To invite them into your garden doesn’t really take too much effort; at the very least, just provide them with water to drink and bathe in. What we do is provide them with food too. We freeze dates and put some out for them every morning in the winter. During the summer, we just provide some fruit. There are a couple of nesting boxes that the Silverbills use from time to time, but there are plenty of trees and thick bushes that they do use to nest in as well.
Unfortunately though, we have two active cats. George III is the major criminal and he does catch a bird (and generally eats it) occasionally 🙁
Anyway, to celebrate Eid – Eid Mubarak again – here’s this week’s episode about Inviting Birds into your Garden.
What kind of birds do you have visiting yours?
The seeds I’ve sown in Episode 2 have mostly come through with some achieving quite good success. It’s time now to pot them up in small pots and make them ready to go into the ground.
Apart from the potting of the seedlings, I construct proper shading boxes to replace the temporary structure on the nursery.
I took advantage of a free couple of hours in Kuala Lumpur to visit the Butterfly Park and have a chat with the manager and the head gardener on what it takes to invite butterflies and other beneficial insects to a garden. And of course, enjoyed the company of over 5,000 gorgeous butterflies too.
Thinning and pruning seem to be a counterproductive activity for novice gardeners. I learnt the hard way that those are a necessity for the garden to thrive. I share my findings in this episode.
I’ve always wanted a small “proper” sitting area in the front garden but never got round to doing something about it. Until now. Thanks to Almanaratain who wanted to parter with Mahmood’s Garden Show and offered to construct it for me using their material, staff and equipment to do so. How can I refuse?
The process I adopted here is quite economical actually because I utilised cement-based tiles made exclusively at Almanaratain through a special process. The tiles are died through and not simply painted. They’re durable and look as good as natural stone because they’re not manufactured using one single mould, but have several types in order to produce the required “natural” variation. I know that these tiles vary in price between BD3 – BD6 per square meter. Check with Almanaratain for the latest pricing. The cost per square meter including full installation won’t exceed BD15, a real bargain in my book, and the results are quite acceptable.
I hope to have a few of you over for teas and coffees on the new patio once the weather changes for the better soon 😉
The gardening season is about to start in Bahrain and I can’t wait for the weather to change for the better. However, it pays to prepare; hence, I share with you how I built my seed nursery and some gotcha’s that will help you avoid some of my mistakes. (hint: don’t over complicate things!)
Our viewer Shirley Dockerill asked us to cover the important topic of gardens that need very little water. In other words: xeriscaping. In this episode, I discuss and show what I have personally done in my garden to accommodate the xeriscaping philosophy and show my xeriscaped border and the thriving plants in it. All while using as little water as possible and I show you how you can implement that in your own gardens as well.