Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tomorrow - To Do - Tomorrow sometimes comes

100 seeds Coriander.

Coriander is a widely used in culinary herb and a good companion for potatoes.
Plant in a shady spots early in Spring or in late Autumn in warmer climates. Coriander is reach in vitamin C and Calcium.

Russian Green Radish x 100 seeds - received free

Juicy and crisp round green radish ideal for Asian cuisine or can be a good replacement for turnip in soups. This variety grows up to 15 cm in diameter and up to 700 grams in weight.

Sow during cooler months when there is enough water supply, cover seeds with 0,5 cm layer of soil and keep it moist.

As you see on the 2nd picture the plant itself can be pretty decorative so if leave the plant in the ground you will be able to enjoy lovely little flowers (which attract bees) and later collect your own seeds. Prefers full sun, well-drained and fertilized soil.

Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) “Golden Nuggett” x 20 seeds

Heirloom.  Perennial - annual in cooler areas.  Bush height to 1m, producing many small, sweet, round, yellow fruit. The berry is the size of a cherry tomato, is very aromatic and full of tiny seeds. They are delicious eaten fresh or can be made into jam. They can be added to salads, desserts and cooked dishes, they are delicious stewed with other fruit, especially apples. They also go well in savoury dishes with meat or seafood.

Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C.


North West aspect, sheltered, sun, Rock Rose, 1-day flowers, Does not respond to hard pruning, relatively useful medicinally and food wise, chewing gum/resin, Mediterranean, laudanum, common gum cistus, Essential Oil, 
Cistus Essential Oil is approved by the FDA as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL). Possible skin sensitivity. Lungs, respiration

I cannot tolerate most probiotics.  They cause bloating.  Sacchromyces Bourlardii is OK.  It seems many acidophophilis produce D-Lactate which is bad for ME/CFS/fibro - lactic acid build up in muscles causes pain - must find a list of the ones that produce the other lactate.  I don't think it says so in this video but I read that somewhere too so that is tomorrow's task.

50 seeds Cosmos bipinnatus “Daydream” Pale Pink. $1.00
40 cm tall.

This superb new colour, palest pink with a deep rose pink centre makes this a unique and delicate addition. Very early flowering and though the flowers are slightly smaller than other varieties, they are freely produced over a long period and are self cleaning.

Daydream is an improved Cosmos that will thrive in any garden. These vigorous plants have a well branched habit, compact growth and provide masses of bright 4cm (1½in) blooms all summer until frost. Water, sun and soil are all that is needed.

Disease free and it's tolerant of poor soil, heat and humidity, make it an excellent choice if you are looking for an easy to grow "no fuss" annual that will thrive on minimal care. Deserving a sunny site in any garden, these adaptable plants are absolutely great for cutting, pots and borders.

Cosmos is one of the best nectar plants for attracting butterflies to the garden and the flowers are perfect for pressing. Very easy to grow, making it a perfect choice for children or the less experienced gardener.

Excellent in beds and borders as well as the cutting garden where their toughness and showiness can keep the flower show going all through the summer.

Sowing: Sow indoors August to September, or sow outdoors September to October.

Sow indoors in early spring 3 to 4 weeks before planting outside, alternatively, the seed can also be sown directly where they are to flower in mid to late spring.

Keep soil moderately moist during germination.

Sowing Indoors:
Use well drained soil and cover to a depth of 3mm (1/8in). When large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings into small pots to grow on. Acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out after all risk of frost 15cm (6in) apart.

Sowing Direct:
Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth. If sowing more than one annual in the same bed, mark the sowing areas with a ring of sand and label. Sow 1mm (1/18th in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart.

Sow seed sparingly or they will choke out other seedlings.

The seedlings will appear in rows approx 6 to 8 weeks after planting and can be easily told from nearby weed seedlings. Thin the seedlings out so they are finally 30cm (12in) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants.

When the seedlings have three pairs of leaves, pinch out the tips, leaving at least one pair of leaves.

Only water in an extended drought and do not apply large doses of fertiliser as flowering will be suppressed.

Stake the taller varieties with a single or tripod of canes and some twine. Cosmos foliage is finely-cut into threadlike segments. When flowering, the taller varieties may become top heavy. This problem is alleviated when grown in groups, as the bi-pinnate leaves interlock, and the colony supports itself.

Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds. At the season's end, don't be too quick to pull up withering cosmos plants. Birds (particularly gold finches) love to snack on their seedheads in autumn, and the seeds that they miss may drop to the ground and reward you the next year by sprouting into a whole new crop.

Cut Flowers:
Cosmos is a cut-and-come-again bloomer, meaning that the sooner you cut the blooms, the quicker new buds will pop up to replace them. The blooms appear so profusely that you'll still have plenty of colour in the garden after you've picked your flowers.

If you sear the stem end in boiling water for twenty seconds they will last a week in water.

Plant Uses: Cottage/Informal Gardens, Flowers Borders and Beds. Container Planting.

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