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MGS S01E03 – Potting the Cacti

MGS S01E03 – Potting the Cacti

Continuing with preparing my garden for the season that is knocking on our doors, I moved a couple of cacti which I planted “temporarily” in a flower bed. I opted to move them into pots in order to provide them with the micro-climate and environments they need. In this episode I show how to prepare a soil mix especially for cacti and talk about some gained tips from my experience with cacti over the years.
Have you had any particular experiences with caring for cacti? Please share either here or on the show’s blog at mahmoodsgarden.com

Happy green thumbs!

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MGS S01E02 – The Seeds Selection

MGS S01E02 – The Seeds Selection

Welcome to the second episode of the Mahmood’s Garden Show. In this episode, I discuss probably every gardener’s passion for collecting seeds and plants in general and share with you some of my horde. I also ask for your opinions to help me design my flower beds this season. Feel free to respond to topics here. Thanks.

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MGS S01E01 – Mahmood’s Garden Show – LAUNCH!

MGS S01E01 – Mahmood’s Garden Show – LAUNCH!

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Here’s my first in a forthcoming series of gardening videos I’m personally producing and creating to share with you my trials and successes in my home garden. In this series, “Mahmood’s Garden” I’ll show you how to get colour back into your garden using annuals. Most of those I’ll cultivate from seed, so you’ll accompany me on a journey of gardening from seed to fully grown plant in one season. The planting season starts toward the end of September in Bahrain, this episode, I set the scene and share with you my plans for the coming few weeks and months.

Come along on the journey. And be generous with your comments and feedback. I would appreciate +1s, Likes and Thumbs Up too 😉

By the way, my company (Gulf Broadcast) will coincidentally producing a Garden Makeover show professionally this season too, but the series of videos will be released in Feb/Mar 2015 along with the Bahrain International Garden Show, so through my videos, you might see some behind the scenes action. So please subscribe to my channel so you won’t miss any interesting happenings. Go to http://YouTube.com/Mahmood to subscribe – I cover many more subjects about living in Bahrain and not just gardening, so it should be interesting in its variety.

I hope you enjoy!

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Yoga, first experience

Yoga, first experience

While touring the grounds of The Leela Palace Hotel in Mumbai where I stayed, I chanced upon Racchana who observed me admiring some of their flowers, and we started to chat. I got to know that she is the hotel’s Yoga guru and does free lessons for guests from 7 – 9 am. I asked her a few questions about yoga which she fully answered, and also demonstrated some of the basic and not so basic poses. She even led me through my very first yoga pose and I can tell you, this stuff is hard!

A few days later, today in fact, I had a full hour’s lesson with her. My very first, and I feel stretched, a little sore and happy that I took this first step. I fully intend to take it up when I get back home…

Recommendations welcome!

Enjoy the video and I hope that you too get inspired by Racchana as I have.

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Road trip to Sombrio Beach

Road trip to Sombrio Beach

We love going on road trips while in Canada, or almost anywhere where a road trip can take more than 30 minutes without spanning the whole country 🙂

We decided to go check out a recommended beach on Vancouver Island called Sombrio Beach, about two and a half hours outside of Victoria and we stopped at this location just outside Sooke for a quick bite. The seagulls decided to be our lunch companions so we obliged 🙂

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Saabs – Bahrain’s ancient irrigation channels

We have one old water overflow channel on the side of one of the palm groves near our home and our dog Phoebe and us get great pleasure walking by it and watching the little wildlife that manage to survive there. Guppies abound, and I’ve seen some village children have hunting for frogs and terrapins. Sadly, these ancient channels and their supported wildlife are fast disappearing. In fact, they have all but become extinct.

Is this a price worth paying for “progress”?

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Fresh Crabs Anyone?

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Just before having a lunch of excellent Halibut and Chips in the picturesque Nanaimo harbour, I noticed a woman bashing the hell out of crabs, apparently she was either really pissed off with them, her partner or this is how they clean the blasted things. Quite barbaric and grotesque to say the least, and they keep moving even AFTER they are split in half, mostly de-shelled, broken in half and had their disgusting guts chucked out in the water too! Tell you what, I won’t look at a crab cake the same ever again.

Enjoy this postcard from Nanaimo, BC, and bon appetit!

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Tattooed people aren’t scary, they’re cool!

Tattooed people aren’t scary, they’re cool!

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Discovering a tattoo convention by chance at the Amsterdam RAI convention centre, I determined to go and have a look, and thank goodness I did!

Tattoos are cool. Tattooed people aren’t scary. They’re just using their own bodies to tell their stories and show their thoughts in a lasting manner for as long as they live.

The artists there were incredible. Some of the traditional methods of tattooing looked quite painful, but the participants were emphatic that the pain – if it exists at all in that experience – is minor and worth the suffering. They wanted “an original” tattooing method to add to their memories.

I spent just a few hours there and I can tell you that I came very close to getting inked!

I didn’t. But had I done so, what do you think I would have had done?

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