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Cast Iron Forest to Skillet
Edible and Native Plants in the Cross Timbers of Oklahoma
Why cast iron?
Why a garden blog
Spreadsheets and observations
11/01/2022 saffron season!
09/05/2022 new dayflower!
Abby has found the perennial and native dayflower in her yard and kindly shared some. It has very different roots than the non native annual one!
Earlier in the day, Shackleton supervised while Paula watered baby cacti.
Careful pouring to wet the soil around the babies.
“What is this fuss? Who opened my curtain??”
08/13/2022 harsh sun
Paula noticed some of the baby Coryphantha sulcata were possibly getting sunscald, because they were turning a bit brown on the tips. She has cleverly shaded them with thin coffee filters that let some light in. They seem to be happier now. Presumably this better imitates where a baby cactus might grow up in the wild.
08/02/2022 fall and winter greens starting now
, but you can’t see them. Basil you can see.
New root extending from plant window.
07/28/2022 baby cacti
babies from Montana are doing really well.
Shackleton pants in the plant window. It’s 103 F outside. I’m going to put a thermometer in there with him. He has an entire air conditioned house and he chooses here. Update: it’s only 90F in the window, not as bad as I thought. However, the sun has also moved far enough west that it may be shadier. Anyways, still a goofy decision for a fluffy polar explorer.
07/17/2022, up to 32 cactus seedlings now
Eleven in this tray.
You can see the roots!!
Another one with roots.
“What are you doing to my favorite window perch?”
Five in the last tray.
A few here were somehow upside down. We’ll see if they make it!
One upside down in a pot with plastic wrap. I think the food containers with clear lids are the way to go. Seven days from planting to sprouting. About 50 seeds, 23 up so far.
07/01/2022 winning sweet millions is scary
Sweet million variety tomato, that is.
I was going to pose Shackleton with tomatoes but apparently they were alarming. He went from dozing to high alert.
06/26/2022 sleepy yard day
Partridge pea blooming.
A big skipper caught my attention this morning.
I think it may be a
. The pale ish area below the antennal club is why I think maybe Outis Skipper, but I also get the impression that one is rarer, so I wonder if I’m missing something obvious that makes it a cloudywing. Both have been recorded in
Cleveland county, Oklahoma
Saw a two spotted bumblebee on mealy blue sage again!
The juniperleaf cuttings have started to perk up and poke at the plastic wrap, so I am unsealing them a bit to see if they can handle less humidity yet.