Colorful Vegetables! 多彩的蔬菜!

Colorful Vegetables!  多彩的蔬菜!

Nice sweet bell pepper mixed varieties.  五彩甜椒混合種子包.

Nice sweet bell pepper mixed varieties. 五彩甜椒混合種子包.

http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/peppers/sweet-peppers/bell/pepper-sweet-carnival-mix-prod000826.html

Red/purple scallion 'Apache'.  紅色青蔥種子包.

Red/purple scallion ‘Apache’. 紅色青蔥種子包.

http://www.osborneseed.com/product-details.cfm?onion-apache-op-

Rainbow Carrots 'Kaleidoscope Blend'. 五彩胡蘿蔔種子包.

Rainbow Carrots ‘Kaleidoscope Blend’. 五彩胡蘿蔔種子包.

http://www.burpee.com/organic-gardening/organic-carrots/carrot-kaleidoscope-mix-organic-prod002246.html

And red Brussels sprouts:

http://www.seedaholic.com/brussels-sprouts-red-bull.html

Red Pole Beans seed packet. 紅色四季豆種子包.

Red Pole Beans seed packet. 紅色四季豆種子包.

Red climbing beans 'Red Noodle' seed packet. 紅豇豆種子包.

Red climbing beans ‘Red Noodle’ seed packet. 紅豇豆種子包.

Nice options for veggie growing this year!  Happy shopping seeds and growing them!!  :)

今年種些不一樣的好吃蔬菜吧!  祝大家種植愉快!  :)

Zinnia Bi-Color (Zinnia elegans Swizzle Scarlet & Yellow, Cherry & Ivory ) 雙色百日草

Zinnia Bi-Color (Zinnia elegans  Swizzle Scarlet & Yellow, Cherry & Ivory ) 雙色百日草

Zinnia Bi-Color seed packets. (Zinnia elegans) 雙色百日草種子包.

Zinnia Bi-Color seed packets. (Zinnia elegans) 雙色百日草種子包.

Zinnia Bi-Color seed packets. (Zinnia elegans) 雙色百日草種子包.

Zinnia Bi-Color seed packets. (Zinnia elegans) 雙色百日草種子包. 種子包裡只有10顆種子而已,超貴的!!

Zinnia Bi-Color seed packets. (Zinnia elegans) 雙色百日草種子包. 種子包裡只有10顆種子而已,超貴的!!

Zinnia Bi-Color seed packets. (Zinnia elegans) 雙色百日草種子包. 種子包裡只有10顆種子而已,超貴的!!

Unique bi-color Zinnia, their flowers remind me double Dahlia flowers.  Well, Zinnia is very easy to grow annual so I just can not resist when I saw them…

這種少見的雙色百日草讓我想到重瓣的大理花.  百日草是很好種的1年生草花,所以看到這兩個種子包就忍不住買了…

Spanish Flag/Exotic Love Vine (Ipomoea lobata)金魚花

Spanish Flag/Exotic Love Vine (Ipomoea lobata)金魚花

Spanish Flag/Exotic Love Vine seed packet and seeds. (Ipomoea lobata)金魚花種子包及種子.

Spanish Flag/Exotic Love Vine seed packet and seeds. (Ipomoea lobata)金魚花種子包及種子.

Also is called “Firecracker Vine".

Tender perennial flowering vine with unique pretty flowers on flower stalks. Looks so pretty with different colour of flowers through time!  It will be so stunning can flower like this image, so beautiful!  https://www.flickr.com/photos/nobuflickr/3021609024/in/gallery-28670112@N08-72157624360844987/

Well, it is tender perennial to Canada so I will grow the plants in pot indoors in the end of summer.   Hopefully it will bloom next summer to fall then.  It is easy to grow in full sun location.  Easy to propagate from seeds or cuttings. Mature size:8′-10′(H) X9″-1′(W). Seed is poisonous if ingested.  Flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds.  Flowers are good for cut flower.

金魚花(Ipomoea lobata旋花科番薯屬的多年生爬藤,喜溫暖氣候.  它的通稱有很多,如:魚花蔦蘿/可倫花/串金魚/小葉金魚花/鯨魚花/紐扣鯨魚花/小葉金魚花,原生地為中美及南美以及中國雲南等地.

由於加拿大是溫帶所以我想夏末時盆植,冬天室內靠窗過冬,這樣隔年應該就能開花了!  它喜全日照不要太溼,容易以種子或枝條來扦插.  地植的成熟株高8-10呎,寬幅9吋到1呎寬.  種子有毒勿食.  花期為夏到秋,花吸引蜂蝶與鳥類. 可做切花花材.

How to grow Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) from seeds 絲瓜種子孵法

How to grow Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) from seeds 絲瓜種子孵法

Skeleton of aged fruit of Luffa aegyptiaca 絲瓜絡 (Medium)

Skeleton of aged fruit of Luffa aegyptiaca 絲瓜絡

Luffa aegyptiaca seeds絲瓜 (Medium)

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出.

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出.

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出並長出本葉.

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出並長出本葉.

Fruit and flowers see Wikipedia:

Luffa aegyptiaca, aka Egyptian cucumber, aka Vietnamese luffa, aka sponge gourd.  It is an annual vine, very common veggie in Asia.  The tender fruit is for veggie and the aged fibrous skeleton of the fruit is the most environmental friendly scrubber for households.   In old days, the fluid of the vine (use sharp knife to cut a wound to get the fresh liquid) has been used for facial lotion/mask for cooling, hydration and reducing wrinkles.  It is also medicinal plant.   

It is very easy to grow from seeds.  It prefers full sun to partial shade location with structure support to cling on.   Male and female yellow flowers in the same plant.  Easy to fruit.   

1.Get the seeds from ripen fruit, the seeds are black and flat.  (See the seed image.) Plant the seeds in moist warm location.   About 1-3 days, seeds will sprout.   Use protection for seedlings if your planting area has animal problem.

1.從熟瓜中取出種子或曬乾的絲瓜絡敲出種子.  成熟的種子是黑色扁平有點厚度的. (見圖) 將種子置於溼潤的土表放在溫暖的地方在1-3天就會出芽.  若鄰近有野生動物會破壞/吃掉種子或挖土的話要保護種子或小苗.

2.Transplant the seedlings when they have 4-6 leaves and plant them in the ground or in large planters.  Keep them in moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial shade location.   It prefers growing in warm temperature.

2.小苗長出4-6片本葉後可以移植,以地植為佳,深盆次之.  全日照並維持一定土壤溼度,另外須建攀爬用支架以利快速生長.  它喜熱喜強光並需適時施肥和灌溉.

Kumquat (Citrofortunella microcarpa) 金棗

Kumquat (Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗

Kumquat (Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗

Kumquat (Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗

Kumquat seed germination.(Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗種子孵出.

Kumquat seed germination.(Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗種子孵出.

Kumquat seed germination.(Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗種子孵出.

Kumquat seed germination.(Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗種子孵出.

Kumquat seed germination.(Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗種子孵出.

Kumquat seed germination.(Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands) 金棗種子孵出.

They are small shrubs in Citrus.  Mature size:8′-10′(H) X 8′-10′(W).  In pot will be or can be smaller.  Evergreen glossy leaves and small white fragrant flowers are really pretty!   I like their fruit peel is so frangrant and sweet can be eaten whole.

It is very easy to grow in full sun location with moist but well drained rich soil.  It is easy to propagate from seeds, cutting or by grafting.  Like all citrus they are not as cold tolerant in winter if you live in cold climate, just plant them in pots and bring them indoors by bright window in the fall.   USDA Zones: 8-12.

金棗是柑橘屬的小型灌木. 地植的成熟株高或寬幅為8-10呎.  盆植會較低矮或可以修剪控制高度及寬幅.   葉片光亮常綠,白花小而香很是美麗!   我喜歡它的果皮香甜可整顆入口.   鮮果可生吃,泡茶或製成果醬,蜜餞等.  容易栽種在全日照處濕潤但排水良好的肥沃土壤.  容易以種子,扦插或高壓等方式來繁殖.  由於它們不耐寒,秋天變冷前要搬進屋放在明亮的窗旁過冬.

Baboon iris (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花

Baboon iris (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花

Baboon iris (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花

Baboon iris (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花

Baboon iris bulb (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花f的球根.

Baboon iris bulb (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花f的球根.

Baboon iris bulb are growing! (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花f的球根長葉了.

Baboon iris bulb are growing! (Babiana stricta) 狒狒花f的球根長葉了.

They are small tender perennial flowering bulbs.  Easy to grow in full sun location.  Flowering in spring, good for cut flower.  Easy to propagate by seeds, bulbs or rhizome.  Mature size: 15-30 cm(H) X 7-15 cm(W).    USDA Zones: 9-12.

狒狒花 Babiana stricta 是小型球根花卉,地下具球莖跟小蒼蘭很像但它們的球莖較扁小些.外被纖維質薄膜,原產南非. 適合切花.  容易栽種在全日照到半日照處.  容易以分球或種子來繁殖.  多年生草花但不耐寒.

How to grow strawberry from seeds (Fragaria) 草莓種子孵法

How to grow strawberry from seeds (Fragaria) 草莓種子孵法

Ripe strawberry surface has lots of seeds. (Fragaria) 草莓表面有許多成熟的種子.

Ripe strawberry surface has lots of seeds. (Fragaria) 草莓表面有許多成熟的種子.

2015-01-30Strawberry seed lings germination  (Medium)

Strawberry seeds germination (Fragaria) 草莓種子孵出小苗.

Strawberry seedlings have the first leaf. (Fragaria) 草莓種苗長出第一片本葉.

Strawberry seedlings have the first leaf. (Fragaria) 草莓種苗長出第一片本葉.

It is one of the fast growing fruit!  So easy to grow in full sun location with moist but well drained soil.

草莓是生長快速的水果之一!  全日照下在濕潤但排水良好的土壤中很容易種植.

1.You can pick the seeds from a ripe strawberry surface with a pair of tweezers or buy a packet of seeds.

1.種子可從一顆新鮮成熟的草莓表面用鑷子取下種植或者買包種子來栽種.

2.Plant your seeds in a container which better comes with a clear lid, fill with potting soil.  Moist the soil a bit but not too wet.   Sprinkle the seeds on top of soil then cover with the lid.  Place the container in warm partial shade location.

2.種子均勻灑在填土後的有蓋苗盆土表.  略澆溼土壤但不可太溼.  蓋上蓋子後悶孵.  苗盆放在溫暖的半日照處.

3.Seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks.  Open the lid to get fresh air and check the progress once a day.

3.種子約2-3週發芽.  每日開蓋一次換氣並檢查進度.

4.Transplant the seedlings when they have 6 leaves.  Keep seedlings moist in full sun location.  You may start to apply fertilizer.

4.小苗有6片本葉時可以移植.  移植後的小苗要繼續保濕並改移到全日照處種植.  可以開始施肥.

It is a very hardy perennial.  You may want to pick the variety with long blooming time, this way the plants you grow will have longer harvest season.  Growing from seeds this spring and next year you may harvest your own strawberries!  :)

草莓植株是非常強健的多年生草花.  買種子包的話要儘可能選用花期較長的品種來種植,這樣採收期也會拉長.  如果今年冬/春天開始種子的種植,可能明年就能吃到結果的草莓!  :)