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My Misadventures in Gardening: Dragonfruit with a bit of Kiwi

Oh look, yet another interesting fruit that I’m going to try to grow! My fiance and I had decided a while back to periodically buy fruit that we’ve never had before in order to expand our fruity horizons. Not long after that I got bit by the gardening bug and I decided to attempt to sprout and grow each fruit that came through our house. This was limited to the fruit I managed to find at our local grocery store, but last weekend I discovered our local Asian supermarket and, oh man, I was in exotic fruit heaven. They had jackfruit (yes, whole ones), mangosteen, rambutan, lychee, the terrifying yet intriguing durian and many, many others. We ended up just buying one type of fruit that day – the dragonfruit.

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Aw yeah, look at that. So beautiful. I did some research and apparently these guys come from a cacti! And not just any old cactus, but a tropical one. What. How weird. Continue reading

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My Misadventures in Gardening: Everything Update

I haven’t planted anything new so today’s post will be a updates on all my plants! So far I’ve been very lucky with my little growing experiments and have had a pretty good germination rate. So in no particular order, I shall show off my plants!

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My Misadventures in Gardening: Pomegranate Update

Here’s a little update of my pomegranate seeds that I posted about a few days ago! I actually started these seeds about 10 days ago. If you read my mango posts you’d know that I’m extremely impatient with growing things, so I’d check up on it every day, which is probably not the best for the poor seed. With the pomegranate seeds I was actually able to keep them out of my mind for the 10 or so days it took for these guys to sprout and grow a bit. When I finally did check on them, I was excited to see a few had sprouted and one or two were actually touching the plastic already! I decided to transplant all of them at this time. SAMSUNG CSC Here’s the carton before I removed the plastic. Can you see the little sprouts? Continue reading

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My Misadventures in Gardening: Pomegranate

Here’s another grocery store fruit growing experiment! I love pomegranate and usually end up buying some when I can find them at the grocery store. I recently bought one, and after eating some of it, I decided I should try to grow some of the seeds. Pomegranates have a lot of seeds so unlike the mango and sapote I could plant quite a few of them and if some don’t grow or some die off it won’t be such a big deal.

So here we go! First, obviously I cut up my pomegranate. I highly suggest watching this video to see how to cut up a pomegranate correctly. No water necessary and it doesn’t make your kitchen counter look like the scene of a crime afterwards.SAMSUNG CSC Continue reading

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My Misadventures in Gardening: Mamey Sapote

When I was at the grocery store the other day I noticed some huge rocks among the mangoes and pineapples in the fruit section. These things were actually a fruit called mamey sapote. My fiance and I like to try weird new fruit, so I grabbed one and continued on with my shopping. When I got home I researched a bit about this weird fruit and found out it’s supposed to taste like a mix between a sweet potato and pumpkin. Interesting. I also found out that you’re supposed to let it sit on the counter for a week or so to let it get good and ripe before you eat it. I’m impatient so right when the week mark hit I cut this guy open. I probably should have waited longer. SAMSUNG CSC Continue reading

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My Misadventures in Gardening: Wedding Edition

Oh gosh, this is going to be a good one.

So I’m currently planning my wedding, which will be at the end of March. I’ve been trying to figure out ways to help keep the cost down, and being an avid crafter I’m planning on doing a lot of diy (but hopefully still nice-looking) stuff. Surprisingly (to me anyway) a big expense would be flowers. In true fashion, I thought, “Psh, I could do that.” And a little while later, I was anxiously awaiting my package of assorted flower bulbs from easytogrowbulbs.com that I was totally going to grow.

If you read my first gardening post, you learned that I’m absolutely horrible at growing things. So why did I think I could do this? I have this weird cycle where somehow I start believing that I have a green thumb. I go and try to grow plants and then inevitably I end up killing the poor things. It happens every time.

I just so happened to be researching the cost of flowers while I was in the beginning of this cycle and everything came together to form the perfect storm. I’m trying to be optimistic about my chances this time and I made sure to so a lot of research for these flowers so hopefully I’ll finally break the cycle if not just for the wedding, for the rest of my life! Also, I totally sent a few backup bulbs to my mom and future mother-in-law because they’re much better at this whole plant growing thing then I am. So if I fail, it all falls on their shoulders! All joking aside, if this does fail spectacularly, best case scenario, I’ll have enough flowers to arrange a bouquet for myself and I’ll just have to diy some different center pieces for the tables. At the moment I’m thinking paper flowers (if done right they can be quite beautiful). Worst case scenario I’ll just have to buy some flowers and arrange my bouquet the day/night before.

But enough of all this silly back story, you’ve come for the good stuff, and here it is! My first, and main flower, the ranunculus:

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These things are so weird looking.
SAMSUNG CSCI was scared of root rot while trying to germinate these suckers, and I read that you could soak them for 24 hours before planting, then after you plant them you begin to water after they start showing signs of growth.

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My Misadventures in Gardening: Mango Beginnings

I am terrible at growing things. I often reminisce about how, when I was growing up, we’d always have houseplants inside and I remember having to go around and water them for my mom and it was just nice to have some living, green plants in the house. It’s a regular occurrence where I’ll remember those times and I’ll go and try to have a green thumb, only to fail horribly and kill the poor plant.

I’m pretty sure the cycle is starting again, and I figured I could record me failing (or hopefully NOT failing!) Maybe this time will be different. 100th times a charm!

I’ve always seen instances where people plant the seeds from the fruit they bought at the grocery store and they grow houseplants from them. I thought that was a fun, good idea to try. You’re already buying the fruit to eat it, so now instead of just throwing the seed away, I started keeping select ones to attempt to grow! This leads to my first “experiment”: the mango.

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I’m not the biggest fan of mangoes but my fiance LOVES them, and if you’re a mango fan like him, you’d know that a rather large, flat seed is housed in the center of the fruit. But how do you get it completely out? Let’s find out!

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