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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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Hibiscus are now growing well

I showed you a picture of the hibiscus I pruned back earlier this year, it’s now growing well.  The black tube is to water right down into the root ball as this soaks up the water better.

It won’t be long before it starts flowering now.

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Catching up in the garden

It’s been over a month since I last had time to blog, the nasturtiums I pictured a while ago have grown a lot as you can see. I have tried a new variety this year called nasturtium peregrinum which originates from Peru, the seedlings were only small in April but look at them now.  These will creep and become a mass of green leaves and small yellow flower the iguana and uromastyx can eat.

I also planted tall and empress varieties of  nasturtiums.

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Pruning hibiscus plants 21st feb

Hibiscuswere the first plants I bought for my lizard garden as they can eat the leaves and flowers, I bought a ready to plant root from Woolworths a few years ago and added another four a year later.  These are great because they don’t need much looking after and produce loads of leaves and huge flowers all summer. I have also found that you can freeze these leaves, but once defrosted you must ensure they eaten by the lizard as soon as possible otherwise they turn to mush.

Now the risk of frost has lessened I have pruned all the twiggy stems back as far as possible, as in the summer all the pruned twigs will produce new growth.

Pruned hibiscus

Pruned hibiscus

These are planted in a homemade container made from some plywood and a few bits of off-cut wood which make the corner struts, then filled with good quality compost.  Each spring they are pruned right back and given a new layer of mulch, this year I also added some wood chippings to try and keep the  neighbours cats off, as they try to use this as a toilet, but putting a trellis border around the container and another trellis over the top, seems to have kept them at bay.

It is hard to keep the cats away without using any of the chemical and expensive electronic repellents, but as I want to be organic and cost effective, the trellis and chasing them off armed with a water spray seems to working so far.

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