The Tropical Homestead

Exploring abundance in paradise

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psychicsycophant:

tropicalhomestead:

live-love-coexist:

Rosemary

Good luck. I have killed 2 rosemary plants this year. I have so much fantastic-smelling-plant-blood on my hands. 

all my herbs in my front herb bed turned black and started dying. i still don’t know why. i potted some of them and put them on the porch and they’re fine and then i spread mulch from the goat pen around the others and they seem to be making a come back. it was lemon balm, comfrey, and horseradish. i really don’t want to lose them because i drove them all the way from pennsylvania from my favorite farm ever that’s now being sold.
i mention this because of your tags and it could have maybe been the wet grass next to the herbs touching them all the time? so spreading the hay suppressed the grass.

I think you’re right. I heard the leaves of herbs like rosemary simply can not stay wet. With all the rain here, It was impossible for them to dry out. Next time I’ll try a sandier soil and some sort of ground cover. Glad you were able to save your herb babies!

psychicsycophant:

tropicalhomestead:

live-love-coexist:

Rosemary

Good luck. I have killed 2 rosemary plants this year. I have so much fantastic-smelling-plant-blood on my hands. 

all my herbs in my front herb bed turned black and started dying. i still don’t know why. i potted some of them and put them on the porch and they’re fine and then i spread mulch from the goat pen around the others and they seem to be making a come back. it was lemon balm, comfrey, and horseradish. i really don’t want to lose them because i drove them all the way from pennsylvania from my favorite farm ever that’s now being sold.

i mention this because of your tags and it could have maybe been the wet grass next to the herbs touching them all the time? so spreading the hay suppressed the grass.

I think you’re right. I heard the leaves of herbs like rosemary simply can not stay wet. With all the rain here, It was impossible for them to dry out. Next time I’ll try a sandier soil and some sort of ground cover. Glad you were able to save your herb babies!

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manybirdsfromthetreeoflife:

Hummingbirds: Jewelled Messengers

This is the story of how hummingbirds became the ultimate creatures of the air. Hummingbirds live at the limits of what is possible. They have the highest metabolism – with a heart rate of 1,200 beats per minute – of any vertebrate. Their wings beat 50 times a second. They can hover on the spot, even fly backwards. To our eyes, they are just a blur. But with the aid of highspeed cameras we can slow down their hyperactive lives and look into their secret world.

(via mamitah)