Gardening: More fun with guns

This has to be the ultimate expression of redneck gardening.

…there’s a new way to sow your seeds: blasting them into the soil with a 12-gauge.

Flower Shell is a shotgun shell filled with flower seeds that will produce anything from daisies to sunflowers to poppies to meadow flowers.

Yes, you too can plant a garden without shifting your backside off the rocking chair on your veranda. The developer claims the shotgun shells really work and says of his planting efforts – with pride:

This flourishing field was my creation, it was all done with 142 shotgun shells.

LINK: For extreme gardeners, shotgun shells full of seed

Gardening as an extreme sport

Remember the orchid collectors who were kidnapped back in 2000 by Columbian guerillas? One of them, Tom Hart Dyke, is returning to the country where he was held hostage for 9 months.

Tom recalled the day his captors announced that he would be killed,

Tom spent his ‘final day’ designing a dream garden that contained plants he’d collected from across the globe.

His determination to garden against all odds drove his captors crazy:

It was perhaps Tom’s jungle antics that made his captors glad to see the back of him.

“Building gardens in the mountains was much to the annoyance of our kidnappers,” said Tom.

Now if this isn't gardening as an extreme sport, I don't know what is.

Read the article: Orchid hunter Tom Hart Dyke returns to Colombia 14 years after guerrillas kidnapped him in Darien Gap region

Bugs happen when you garden

I love this man's (Mr. Brown Thumb) attitude toward gardening. In this article he talks about letting parasitic wasps have their evil way with tomato hornworms. He says, "Bugs happen when you garden":

My absolute favorite method of controlling hornworms on my tomato plants is to save a few of these caterpillars and let nature take its course. Pull the hornworm from your plants and place it inside a jar or plastic bottle without a lid to allow for ventilation. Every couple of days add a few tomato cuttings to the container to allow the caterpillar to continue to eat. And then sit back and watch as the hornworm is eaten from the inside by the pupating parasitic wasps. It's so disgusting, but it's so much fun to watch.

Read on: Tomato Hornworms and Parasitic Wasps

You’ll find it in a garden

Watch this wonderful video describing how permaculture turned around a barren, salt-poisoned plot of land in Jordan near the Dead Sea: “Greening the Desert“.

This man makes one of the wisest statements I’ve heard in a long time…

“You can solve all the problems of the world in a garden.”

Amen to that.

Happy Easter.

We get it

He’s a gardener. A 103 year-old gardener, and of course we fellow gardeners can completely relate:

Widower Jim turns out in all weathers to tend a half-acre garden at his local New Inn pub in Stoke Abbott.

Jim, who still has a full driving licence, arrives on his Ferguson tractor carrying all his tools – including a chainsaw.

He refuses to charge more than £3 an hour and, when asked when he’s going to retire he jokes: "When I get old."

Grow Your Own Bouttonieres

A new, low cost way to grow from seed: In yer bellybutton

Talk about indoor gardening!


Belly Button Plant

Last September I went alone on a canoe trip. On the very first day my canoe turned over in a rapid and I lost some of my equipment in the water. Fortunately, I managed to save my camping gear and my food. But I lost all my spare clothes. So I knew I would have to wear the same outfit for the rest of the trip. Six days later, I was finally back home. The first thing I wanted to do was to change clothes and take a shower. But when I took off my sweater, to my amazement, I could see something sticking out of my belly button! I couldn’t believe it: something was growing in there! I immediately grabbed my camera, went outside and began taking shots. Then I proceeded to carefully remove the seedling from my belly button: I could now see it was actually rooted in some fuzz! Now, I can understand how some belly button lint could have accumulated over a week. But what are the chances for a seed to get its way in there, germinate and then grow so fast? I’ve never heard of anything like that in my whole life! Well, I guess that seed found everything it needed in my belly button: lint as a growth medium, moisture from sweat and splashes, warmth from my body heat, and some sunlight throught my loosely knit sweater. I kept the seedling afterwards in a mini bouquet vase. I watered the rootball everyday. It nevertheless died a few days later.

–Stephan M. Montreal, Quebec, Canada