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First mangetout ready to eat

I’m so excited the first of the seasons mangetout peas are ready to harvest and it’s only been 4 and half weeks since I planted out the tiny specimens I bought, they are now a good three feet tall, very bushy and not only have delicate white flowers but pods too.

Cheech and Pooky had some in their dinners last night (and I had a sneaky taste while I was picking them).  Small but perfectly formed (they are best eaten before they grow too large) these peas are at their best right now, I will keep picking daily to prolong the fruit production, but we only need a handful every night to satisfy the lizards.

Any spare mangetout are going into a stir-fry.  We also feed pea shoots to the lizards, to add variety and and reduce wastage.

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watercress is an ideal staple food for herbivorous lizards

Watercress is a nutritionally sound green leafy staple food as it has a calcium to phosphrous ration of 2:1, it also has 2% protein and 0% fat.

The green mustardy, slightly spicy tasting leaves are also sources of  Folate, Pantothenic Acid and Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese.

Both our Iggy and uromastyx love watercress, and will eat it from our hands.

For smaller lizards separate the leaves from the stalks and give just the leaves but if you have a uromastyx they do generally like stalky bits too, just break them into manageable bits.  Our big iguana has the stalky bits left attached to the laves but not in big clumps as he can be a bit of pig at feeding times and gobble too  much at once.

Watercress is not easy to grow in most peoples back gardens as it requires large quantities of semi-alkaline water but is readily available in most supermarkets but at over £1 per bag, so my alternative is to grow american landcress, it does have a slighttely higher ratio of phospherous than watercress it is still fine to feed to herbivorous lizards.

As with all foods for lizards never limit your reptiles to one type of food, always alternate between a variety of foods and never consistently offer one type of food.

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Spring is nearly in the air

Well it’s nearly March and will soon be time to start preparing the garden for the next batch of lizards veggies.

Decided to publish the planting schedule here in the next few days, so if you need to know when to plant the veggies listed here

http://growyourlizardfood.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/vegetbles-fruits-flowers-and-herb-lizards-can-eat/

you can easily follow my schedule.

I’m hoping the cold weather will start to ease off as I need to prune the hibiscus for this years new growth, but need warmer weather so the pruning doesn’t kill it.

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Fresh courgette (zucchini) straight from the garden

The courgette (or zucchini) have been flowering since I went on holiday and now I am able to pick some small but ripe fruits for the lizards.

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Homegrown landcress as a substitute for watercress

Our lizards love watercress and because we try to grow our own veggies landcress is a good alternative to watercress due to the conditions it needs.  All I do is take brand new cat litter tray, fill it with organic seeding compost and sow the seeds covered with a thin layer of the compost, leave the tray in the plastic portable greenhouse until they germinate then put them under the plastic sun tunnel and they grow really quickly.  The trick is to keep them well watered, remove slugs and snails daily and keep cutting them frequently.  Each time you cut some for the lizards to eat, only cut half of the tray at a time as it takes a good two weeks for these to grow back.  I have two trays growing at the moment to keep a good supply going.

own-landcress

own-landcress

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Vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs lizards can eat

I never really published a list of the foods our vegetarian lizards eat, so here it is:

  • Dandelions – leaves and flowers
  • Hibiscus greens and flowers
  • Collard greens
  • mustard greens
  • nasturtium greens and flowers
  • green onions
  • escarole
  • turnip tops
  • carrot tops
  • parsley,
  • leeks
  • green beans
  • yellow wax beans
  • courgette (zucchini)
  • spouts: Alfalfa, mustard, cress, clover
  • peas
  • okra
  • carrot
  • celery
  • capsicum (bell peppers)
  • squash

Fruit with all inedible seeds removed

  • Blackberries,
  • mango
  • papaya
  • kiwi
  • peach
  • melon
  • blueberries
  • apple
  • pear
  • banana
  • apricot
  • cherries
  • grapes
  • figs
  • plum
  • strawberries

The following can only be fed once a week due to high oxalates and phytates- prevent calcium from being used by the body

  1. Spinach
  2. Chinese cabbage
  3. bok choy
  4. kale

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Whats growing this week?

Well the dandelion and landcress seeds are staring to peep through, I should have marked these as I can’t remember which tray contains which seeds, until they grow a bit bigger.

landcressanddandelionseedling

landcressanddandelionseedling

 dandelion-and-landscress-seedlings

 

 

Today I planted seeds for Nasturtiums, cornflowers and chives.

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