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Nasturtiums are flowering

the nasturtiums have finally flowered,  although they are quite short and stumpy examples this year, a few flowers from each will give the lizards a nice treat in their dinner each day.

 

The peas and mangetout are over, I think the combination of long dry periods (although I was watering) and heavy downpours slightly spoiled the peas, they swelled up to be really big peas, but the lizards don’t care how they look, just as long as they taste great, and the did until this week.  Now they are over, so I can feed any shoots to the lizards then use the container for something else.

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Time savers in the Lizards veggie garden

Life has been so busy and spring kind of crept up on me.  I realised I had been neglecting the lizards veggie garden and had a spurt of activity.

I eagerly set about getting the containers ready with compost on a really Saturday afternoon, only to find out all my vegetable seeds had gone mouldy over the winter and I had nothing left!

Panic! Luckily we live very close to a Range store which stocks ready to plant out vegetables and fruit plants.

I’m saved: with 15 minutes to store closing time, I leave with two Courgette plants, two Butternut squash plants, a Coriander (or Cilantro as our American cousins like to call it) and some Mangetout plants., along with a selection of Nasturtium and Parsley seeds.

All ready to be planted out, with none of the hassle of waiting for seeds to germinate, careful picking out and replanting into containers.  This is a great time and space-saving tip.

If you are new to growing veggies for your lizards then this is agreat way for you get started with commonly available veggies from reputable stores.

Alternatively I find local craft fairs and markets a great source of ready to plant veggies.

if you have neighbours who are into growing vegetables get talking and ask them if they have a surplus of a vegetable you need, they might be able to give you some ready to plant out specimens, from their prickings, as generally when growing from seed gardeners produce too many seedlings

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Just received the new veg and flower seed catalogue for 2011

Decision time, which veggies to grow in 2011 and which seeds to buy.

I just received my 2011 seed catalogue and enjoyed mulling over the new varieties available this year, true watercress is a definite addition to the garden this year.

Now the garden has thawed somewhat I can start to think about the possibilities and wonder how I’m going to fit in gardening with all my other hobbies; running, crafts, a small online business and day job as well as a husband, family and friends, it may a busy year but my lovely lizards deserve it, so I’ll find the time somehow.

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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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Spring has sprung in the garden and the vivariums!

Been too busy in the garden to blog recently, but have been planting many seeds and taking lots of pics so I can do a full update at the weekend.

Planted lots of endive and raddichio seeds, planted out the various nasturtium seedlings and been doing plenty  of watering, as the weather has been quite dry.

Also having to keep the uromastyx  from fighting too much, its their way of a mating ritual but it distresses me more than them I think, as they do bite each other quite a bit.

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Nasturtiums and Landcress

It’s been a while since my last update, we have had some good weather of over the last few weeks and the seedlings have been doing well.

The nasturtiums have shot up and the landcress too.

It’s now time to pick the mustards I grew over the winter as they have reached their maximum size and the warm weather has meant they have started to flower and go to seed, better pick them and now and use them before they are useless.

Here are some pics:

Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens

 

landcress seedlings

landcress seedlings

 

Nasturtium seedlings

Nasturtium seedlings

 

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