Christopher and I headed out to a couple of the local gardening supply stores to see what they had in the way of seeds. We found the usual suspects (beans, corn, peas, maters, peppers, melons, etc.) but we also found cactus seeds!
I have never even owned a cactus, much less tried growing one from from seed. The packet gave pretty basic planting instructions, and since there are supposed to be 10 kinds of cacti in the envelope, we shall see what sprouts forth. Listed varieties are: saguaro, hedgehog, fishook barrel, dollar prickly pear, desert prickly pear, Christmas cholla, cane cholla, Santa Rita prickly pear, and cardo'n. I'll have to look up pictures of most of those, as the saguaro and prickly pear are about the only ones I've even heard of.
I also started the usual, peppers (lots this year, Christopher's been eating them raw like candy) and tomatoes. Only planted one variety of maters, as we've had so many volunteers in years past I had to weed them out! They produced, as well, which I've heard isn't usual. I'm now debating whether or not to have an indoor herb garden, with basil, oregano, chives, mint, maybe cilantro. Have all the seeds, even started mint today, but I'm not sure I'd be able to keep up with both gardens come summertime.
Now all I need to do is figure out how to put pictures into my blogs, as one is worth a thousand words, eh? 'Til then, look at my Photos, there's an album named "New Beginnings."
Mar 30, 2008 | 4:31 PM PST
hi. I'm new to the desert, having moved to Phoenix about 2 years ago. WOW. Talk about a gardening challenge. I'm from the gulf coast. I must tell you that the cholla cacti are really a pain. some are commonaly called 'Jumping' Cactus. And yes they will get you, though they don't really jump. In my limited experience most of the others in the seed packet can be managed much more easily. We removed several mature chollas from our front landscaping. I love the cactus we have other than those. The prickly pear bloom and just make me smile. Good luck with those cactus seeds, but pull out those cholla seedlings asap. :)
Mar 30, 2008 | 5:42 PM PST
There is a way to do this and it is easy. Upload images to Garden Guides into
your Photos album, click on the thumbnail and the larger image will appear then
right click on the larger image and click on properties. A window will open with
the HTML address there, make the window large enough to highlite the whole name
Highlite it and Right click on it and click copy. Then when you are writing in
the blog entry window, click the little icon at the top with a mountain and sun.
That will open a window with a slot to paste what you codied from the properties
window. Click on preview and you will see the picture you want in your blog.
Then click OK and your picture is in your blog. That's all there is to it. Test
it out and if it doesn't work, delete it and try again until you get it to work
You have a great day and happy gardening. Bill Mitchell