Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Unique Berries and Fruits


Wonder Berry 
  • 12-24"
  • Full or part sun
  • Potting soil, watered well
  • Sow seeds 1/4" at 70-85 F
  • Keep Moist. Germinates in 2 weeks.
  • More online How to Grow a Wonderberry



Dwarf Blueberry (Northsky) -
  • 2 ft. by 2 ft.
  • Full sun
  • blueberry plants need slightly acidic soils with a pH of 4.0 to 5.0 
  • Good air circulation and drainage.
  • Read More Online 
  • foliage turns a deep red in the autumn
  • mature in July
  • temperatures as low as --45 degrees F
  • Sow seeds in 1/2"
  • Keep moist
  • Germinates in 7-48 days.



Buckthorn Berry - shrub
  • about 3ft hight
  • partial shade
  • loam soils, high organic matter. The plants are very salt tolerant and adaptable to a wide range of soil pH.
  • well drained 
  • More online
  • Soak seeds overnight in water.
  • Sow seeds 1/4" deep in soil that is 70-85 degrees.
  • Keep moist Germinates in 7-48 days
  • Read More Online - Growing Sea Buckthorn



Highbush Blueberry 
  • 4-6 feet tall
  • Full sun
  • sandy loam soil, rich in organic matter
  • well-drained
Read more online: Growing Highbush Blueberry


Raspberry

  • 4 to 6 feet wide.
  • full sun.
  • Cold stratify in freezer for 30-60 days.
  • Sow seeds in 1/4" deep in soil that is 70-85 degrees




Red Huckle berry

  • grows in both full sun to shade
  • 4-10 feet tall
  • Press seeds into soil that is 70-85 degrees F



Cocona Shrub 

  • 6 1/2 ft
  • benefits from a light shade
  • Press seeds into soil tat is 75-85 degrees.
  • Keep moist.
  • Germinates in 7-48 days
  • More about the Cocona Shrub


Elder berry

  • grows 6 to 8 feet
  • Grows in the shade and full sun

Appleberry Vine

  • 6 to 8 feet
  •  in sun or semi-shade
  • roots are susceptible to heat & may need mulching to protect from sun
  • Sow seeds 1/4" deep in saoil that is 75-85 degrees. Keep moist. Germinates in 7-48 days


Buffalo Berry 

  • 6' to 10' tall
  • full sun to partial shade
  • Cold stratify for 30 days
  • Sow seeds 1/4 " deep. at 70-85 degrees
  • Keep moist
  • Germinates in 7-48 days.


Dwarf Crabapple Tree
  • 5-10 ft high
  • Plant crabapples in full sun and where other nearby trees will not shade them excessively. Crabapples flower and fruit best in full sun, but can tolerate light shade. Where excessively shaded, crabapples become more open, flower and fruit less, and experience more problems with powdery mildew. Planting crabapples on hot south or west exposures may force them into bloom too early and thus subject the blooms to late frost damage.
  • Crabapples are fairly drought-tolerant once established, needing only 15 to 20 inches of annual moisture (precipitation plus any supplemental watering). Planting them in high-maintenance turfgrass generally subjects them to more water and fertilizer than they need, often resulting in more incidence of disease. A better location is in mulched beds, receiving drip irrigation or hose-end watering that avoids leaf wetting.



Weeping Fig

  • Height: 45 to 60 feet
  • Spread: 60 to 100 feet
  • USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11 
  • Light requirement: tree grows in part shade/part sun; tree grows in the shade; tree grows in full sun
  • Soil tolerances: clay; loam; sand; acidic; occasionally wet; alkaline; well-drained
  • Drought tolerance: high
  • Roots: surface roots can lift sidewalks or interfere with mowing
  • Read More

Beneficial, Edible and Useful Flowers



List of Flowers sorted by usefulness

Good for beneficial 
bugs and reducing pets.
  • Alyssum
  • Borage
  • Buckwheat
  • Cornflower
  • Cosmos
  • Crimson clover
  • Feverfew
  • Marigold
  • Phacelia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Zinnia

Soil replenishing
and protecting.
  • Comfrey
  • Crimson clover
  • Hairy vtech
  • Nasturtim
  • Oats
  • Phacelia
  • Poached egg plant
  • Sunflower
  • Winter peas

Eidble and useful.
  • Buckwheat
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Comfrey
  • Cornflower
  • Echinacea
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Monarda
  • Nasturtim
  • Oats
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Sunflower
  • Valerian
  • Winter peas

Chart  of Beneficial Flowers sorted by height. How high or tall they are.  Heights are in " inches or ' feet.
  1. Poached egg plant - 6x6"
  2. Nasturtium - 6"-12"
  3. Alyssum - up to 8"
  4. Phacelia - about 10"
  5. Marigold - around 12"
  6. Crimson clover - 12-20"
  7. Echinacea - 12-30"
  8. Comfrey - 23-30"
  9. Buckwheat 24-30"
  10. Cornflower - 8-32"
  11. Calendula - 1-3'
  12. Lavender - 1-3'
  13. Feverfew - to about 2'
  14. Borage -  2-3'
  15. Chamomile - 2-3'
  16. Scarlet Sage - 2'-3'
  17. Zinnia - 2-3'
  18. Monarda - 2-4'
  19. Winter peas - 2-4'
  20. Hairy vtech - 3-4'
  21. Oats - 2- 5'
  22. Cosmos - 3-6'
  23. Valerian - up to 5'
  24. Sunflower - up to 20"










List of Flowers based on Sun Needs
Full Sun
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Cornflower
  • Oats
  • Winter peas
  • Zinnia
Full Sun to Partial shade
  • Alyssum
  • Buckwheat
  • Cosmos
  • Echinacea
  • Feverfew
  • Hairy vtech
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Monarda
  • Nasturtim
  • Phacelia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Valerian
Partial Shade
  • Comfrey

List of Flowers based on soil needs
Average Well Drained
  • Alyssum
  • Borage
  • Buckwheat
  • Cosmos
  • Comfrey
  • Feverfew
  • Hairy vetech
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtim
  • Oats
  • Phacelia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Sunflower
  • Valerian
  • Winter peas
  • Zinnia
Fertile/ Rich Moist
  • Calendula
  • Monarda
  • Poached egg plant
  • Cornflower
  • Echinacea
Fertile/ Well Drained
  • Chamomile

Nuteral PH
  • Echinacea



Alphabetical List of Flowers, their companion plants and plant benefits.
  • Alyssum - Alyssum in the perfect little flower to tuck into the corners of beds. Alyssum is famous for attracting tiny wasps and other beneficial insects.
  • Borage - Plant with cucumbers, squash, or any crop that needs strong defense from insects. Borage attracts large buzzing insects that dominate their air space.
  • Buckwheat - Mixes well with upright flowers, and makes an attractive backdrop for herbs. A small bed of buckwheat in bloom will attract numerous beneficial insects.
  • Calendula - Plant with spring salad vegetables, peas, carrots, cucumbers. Calendula blossoms are edible and can be used to bring orange color to rice or potato dishes, or snip them onto soups or salads for extra flavor and nutrition. Use clean scissors to snip off petal tips, and compost the rest.
  • Chamomile - Plant with Lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens grown in spring, as well as calendula, coriander, and other spring-blooming herbs and flowers.
  • Comfrey - Comfrey is a large plant that tends to crowd out its neighbors. Comfrey is a fine source of greens for composting. When the large plants are cut back in summer, old branches are quickly replaced by a fresh flush of foliage.
  • Cornflower - Cornflowers have an upright posture that helps them fit in tight spaces. Intersperse throughout the garden, as cornflower nectar is unusually sweet, and thus a preferred food source for many beneficial insects. Rice-size cornflower seeds are much loved by goldfinches and other small seed-eating birds. Cornflowers may be nibbled by rabbits, especially in early spring when other food is scarce.
  • Cosmos - Tall varieties can form a colorful hedge that attracts bees and other pollinators, and mix well with tall herbs like dill and fennel.
  • Echinacea - Echinacea’s purple blossoms contrast well with pink, yellow or orange flowers. Echinacea is grown for its beautiful flowers and for the medicinal properties of teas and tinctures made from roots, leaves and flowers.
  • Crimson clover - Hardy annual flowers including bachelor buttons and corn poppies. Crimson clover is one of the most beautiful cover crops you can grow.
  • Feverfew - Beds of mint or other tea plants where insects are not wanted. Feverfew repels insects of all nature, so it is a good plant to grow near entryways.
  • Hairy vtech - Plant with cereal rye, winter wheat. When using hairy vetch to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results.
  • Lavender - Colourful petunias, nasturitums or other annual flowers that contrast with lavender’s gray-green foliage and blue flowers
  • Marigold
  • Monarda - Plant with lovage, salad greens, other shade-tolerant plants. Pastel flower colours look especially cooling in partial shade. Leaves are excellent for tea.
  • Nasturtim - Nasturtiums sprawl out over the ground, so they suppress weeds and shade the soil when grown near tall plants like sweet corn, tomatoes or sunflowers. Nasturtium blossoms, leaves and immature green seed pods are edible.
  • Oats - Plant with Winter peas, winter beans, hairy vetch. Oats are an ideal late summer cover crop where winters are cold enough to kill it; the dead residue forms its own winter mulch, which is usually well rotted by spring. Rotting oat foliage has herbicidal properties, in that it inhibits germination of weed seeds.
  • Phacelia - When growing phacelia to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results. Mixes well with other cool-season flowers such as orange calendulas, or you can use phacelia as a cover crop or bee plant.
  • Poached egg plant - This low-growing plant spreads into a mat of green foliage covered with flowers. Grow along pathways or edges of beds, or near tall plants like sweet corn or tomatoes.
  • Scarlet Sage - Mixes well with upright flowers or herbs, and the blossoms are much loved by hummingbirds.
  • Sunflower - A rare "shelter" plant, sunflowers can be used to create shade for sun-stressed crops. Tall varieties can serve as trellises for pole beans.
  • Valerian - Plant with low, mound-forming herbs and flowers. Valerian can stand 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall when it is in full bloom. Dried valerian roots are used to make a bedtime tea that promotes sleep. They are also much loved by cats and dogs.
  • Winter peas - When using winter field peas to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results.  Plant with Wheat, cereal rye, oats.
  • Zinnia - Plant with dill, fennel and other upright herbs, bush snap beans, chard. Tall, single-flowered varieties attract butterflies. Dill, fennel and other upright herbs, bush snap beans, chard. Tall, single-flowered varieties attract butterflies.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Seed List

White Princess Peach - 5

Taste: SUPER SWEET,  VERY JUICY
Texture: FIRM, SMOOTH
Recommended Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 5-8ft.
Ripening Date: EARLY JULY
Sun Level: Full Sun


Jumbo Peanuts - 25

Dwarf Crabapple - 5

USDA zones 3 to 9
Adaptable to varying soils conditions and are drought tolerant.
 Grows to 4 feeet high, and is oval in shape.


Purple Apple Berry Vine - 5
Apple berries are evergreen climbers that reach 6 to 8 feet tall -- almost a cross between a shrub and a vine.

Dwarf Blueberry - 100

Hardiness Zone: 3-9; hardy to -35 F
Size at Maturity: 2 ft. by 2 ft.


Giant Sugar Beets - 15
These Giant Sugar beets can grow up to 20 lbs and 2' long the root grows half above ground so you can see them growing.

Red Huckleberry - 15

Zones 5-9
Description: This common deciduous shrub grows 4-10 feet tall


Jungle Peanuts - 20

Sugarcane - 45
grows 12 to 30 tall

Buckthorn berry - 5
It is a low shrub not growing taller than 1 metre (3.3 ft)

Stevia - 30

Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni
Hardy Annual
Mature Height: 3' to 4'
300 Times Sweeter Than Sugar!
Can be grown as a perrenial in zones 8a-10


Strawberry Spinich - 10

Raspberry - 50

Zones 4-9
4 to 6 feet wide.


Buffalo Berry - 15

Cocono Bush - 5

Strawberry - 25

Wonderberry - 50
Very small shrub, usually growing to only 12-24". The wonderberry can fruit at just 3-4" high.

Weeping Fig - 7
USDA Zones 7 -10

Maca Root - 15

Buddha Peach - 5

Taste: SUPER SWEET,  VERY JUICY  
Texture: FIRM, SMOOTH
Recommended Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 6-10ft.
Ripening Date: EARLY JULY
Sun Level: Full Sun


Rainbow carrots
Tomatillo
Leeks
Easter radish

Nasturtium - 45
Annual
plant depth 1/2"
sun
Height 6-12"
Germination 7-14 days
direct sow after danger of frost
Indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost
blooks summer to fall

Bottle Gords
Color Pepper mix
Jester merigolds
Crackerjack Merigold
Round Carrot
Yellow Pear Tomato
Black Cherry Tomato
Green Zebra Tomato
Yellow Stuffing Pepper
Red stuffing Pepper
White egg plant
Purple Broccoli
Rosemary
Oreago
Basil
thyme

Watermellon - Moon and Stars
days to germination 6-8
days to harvest 95-100
planting deoth 1"
Spacing Hills 5ft
Spacing Rows 6ft

Cinderella Pumpkin

Sunflowers
days of germination 14-21
Days to bloom 75-90
Plant height 7-12ft
plant spacing 18-24"
grows best in full sun

Beefsteak tomato
Days to germination 7-10
Days to harvest 80
Planting depth 1/4"
Spacing rows 2 1/2ft
plant 2ft
preserve by canning

Peas
Days of germination 8-12
Days of Harvest 72
Planting depth 1 - 1 1/2
spacing row 2 1/2 ft
spacing plant 2"
presever by freezing

Yellow Onions



BLACK ELDERBERRY *7


HUMMINGBIRD VINE *25

Flower Type: Annual
Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
Height: 10' - 20'
Exposure: Full Sun
Zone Hardiness: 3-10
When to Sow Outside: In spring after last frost or early summer.
When to Sow Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before planting outside.
Seed Depth: 1/2 "
Seed Spacing: 1"
Days to Emerge: 14 - 16
Thinning: When 2" tall thin to 6" - 12" apart.


HIGHBUSH BLUEBERRY* 50
The bush grows in an upright, open form to 4-6 feet tall and is extremely adaptable to hot summer areas or very cold winter areas.

AEGLE marmelos Tree*Bael Fruit*5 

The bael tree, 8' to 10' in height.
USDA Zones 8b - 11

Master Room Refresh


Here is my idea on what my bedroom could look like with a refresh. It would including adding a few new things form IKEA, and painting one wall purple brown.

RIBBA Frame $24.99
BILD Poster $12.00
Total price $171.95

I have more refresh ideas on my Master Room Pinterest Board.

Update
I changed the frames to be natural wood like the rest of the room.
Needed two more natural wood frames.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More on INFP

INFP Weaknesses

Most INFPs will exhibit the following weaknesses with regards to relationship issues:

  • May tend to be shy and reserved
  • Don't like to have their "space" invaded
  • Extreme dislike of conflict
  • Extreme dislike of criticism
  • Strong need to receive praise and positive affirmation
  • May react very emotionally to stressful situations
  • Have difficulty scolding or punishing others
  • Tend to be reserved about expressing their feelings
  • Perfectionistic tendancies may cause them to not give themselves enough credit
  • Tendency to blame themselves for problems, and hold everything on their own shoulders
INFPs are not naturally interested in administrative matters such as bill-paying and house-cleaning, but they can be very good at performing these tasks when they must. They can be really good money managers when they apply themselves.

One real problem area for the INFP is their intensive dislike of conflict and criticism. The INFP is quick to find a personal angle in any critical comment, whether or not anything personal was intended. They will tend to take any sort of criticism as a personal attack on their character, and will usually become irrational and emotional in such situations. This can be a real problem for INFPs who are involved with persons who have Thinking and Judging preferences. "TJ"s relate to others with a objective, decisive attitude that frequently shows an opinion on the topic of conversation. If the opinion is negative, the TJ's attitude may be threatening to the INFP, who will tend to respond emotionally to the negativity and be vaguely but emphatically convinced that the negativity is somehow the INFP's fault.

 These INFPs will react with extreme emotional distress to conflict situations, and will not know what to do about it. Since they will have no basis for determining what action to take, they will do whatever they can to get rid of the conflict - which frequently means lashing out irrationally at others, or using guilt manipulation to get their mates to give them the positive support that they crave. This kind of behavior does not bode well for healthy, long-term relationships. Individuals who recognize this tendency in themselves should work on their ability to take criticism objectively rather than personally. They should also try to remember that conflict situations are not always their fault, and they're definitely not the end of the world. Conflict is a fact of life, and facing it and addressing it immediately avoids having to deal with it in the future, after it has become a much larger problem.

INFPs are very aware of their own space, and the space of others. They value their personal space, and the freedom to do their own thing. They will cherish the mate who sees the INFP for who they are, and respects their unique style and perspectives. The INFP is not likely to be overly jealous or possessive, and is likely to respect their mate's privacy and independence. In fact, the INFP is likely to not only respect their mate's perspectives and goals, but to support them with loyal firmness.

INFPs are "natural" parents. They accept and enjoy the parental role, seeing it as the natural extension of their value systems. They make use of the parental role for developing and defining their values further, and consider it their task to pass their values on to their children. They take their role quite seriously. Warm, affirming, and flexible, the INFP generally makes a gentle and easy-going parent in many respects.

The INFP is not naturally prone to dole out punishment or discipline, and so is likely to adapt to their mate's disciplinary policy, or to rely on their mates to administer discipline with the children. In the absence of a mating parent, the INFP will need to make a conscious effort of creating a structure for their children to live within.

Although the INFP dislikes punishing others, they hold strong values and will not tolerate the violation of a strongly-held belief. If they feel that their child has truly committed a wrong, the INFP parent will not have a problem administering discipline. They will directly confront the child, stubbornly digging in their heels and demanding recourse.

The INFP parent is likely to value their children as individuals, and to give them room for growth. They will let the children have their own voice and place in the family.

INFPs are usually remembered by their children as loving, patient, devoted, and flexible parents.

 the INFP will keep their true selves reserved from others except for a select few, with whom they will form close and lasting friendships. With their high ideals, they are likely to be drawn to other iNtuitive Feelers for their closer friendships.

Ten Rules to Live By to Achieve INFP Success
  • Feed Your Strengths!
  • Face Your Weaknesses! 
  • Express Your Feelings.
  • Listen to Everything. Try not to dismiss anything immediately. Let everything soak in for awhile, then apply judgment.
  • Smile at Criticism.
  • Be Aware of Others. Remember that there are 15 other personality types out there who see things differently than you see them. Try to identify other people's types. Try to understand their perspectives.
  • Be Accountable for Yourself. Remember that YOU have more control over your life than any other person has.
  • Be Gentle in Your Expectations. You will always be disappointed with others if you expect too much of them. Being disappointed with another person is the best way to drive them away. Treat others with the same gentleness that you would like to be treated with.
  • Assume the Best. Don't distress yourself by assuming the worst. Remember that a positive attitude often creates positive situations.
  • When in Doubt, Ask Questions! Don't assume that the lack of feedback is the same thing as negative feedback. If you need feedback and don't have any, ask for it.

More on INFP

INFJ - my 2nd persionality type

INFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives.

On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions.

This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be.

On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves - there's always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them. They believe in constant growth, and don't often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, INFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families. They don't believe in compromising their ideals.

INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations.

But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people's feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pin Pals


To all the Pinterest pinners that share common interests with me.

Unpinnable link

Say I Love you more.



“Give your child a compliment and a hug; say, ‘I love you’ more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. Friends move away, children grow up, loved ones pass on. It’s so easy to take others for granted, until that day when they’re gone from our lives and we are left with feelings of ‘what if’ and ‘if only.’ …

“Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey and share our love with friends and family. One day, each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is most important.”
~Thomas S. Monson, A First Presidency Message, Aug. Ensign 2011

Lost PIN!!!


I have lost another pin. I can not find it on any of my pinterest boards.  And it was such a great idea too!