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The Aphid Invasion of the Escarole
|| 5/22/2011 || 9:14 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

For the last month my broadleaf escarole plant (an Endive, or type of Chicory) on my balcony has been invaded by tiny insects. Mostly aphids, I believe. I opted to not use any pesticides or neem oil to remove the infestation simply to see what damage such pests can do to the quasi-everlasting plant.


The Aphid Invasion of the Escarole

The Aphid Invasion of the Escarole

The Aphid Invasion of the Escarole

The Aphid Invasion of the Escarole


Photographs of Pink Green Bean Flowers, Basil, and Smokey Bronze Fennel
|| 5/14/2011 || 10:23 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Tonight I took some more photographs of the “VIP” (very important plants) that I’m growing in my bedroom. I look forward to planting these outdoors later this month.


Close-up Photograph of the pink Green Bean Flower
Close-up Photograph of the pink Green Bean Flower


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CRAZED FROM SMOKING A WEED – The Florida Star – May 19, 1905
|| 8/11/2010 || 11:08 am || + Render A Comment || ||

Aside from checking out past predictions, I’ve found it very interesting to trace the history of cannabis through old newspaper articles. While not the first usage of the word “marihuana” on Chronicling America, this was the first result that show up when using the “relevance” search result option. I also chose it because it has such a sensational drawing that was published along with the article (below). The larger lessons that I learned here are that American Reefer Madness began well before the mid-1930s and the illegality of cannabis in Mexico has been an issue for over 100 years & continues to be problematic today.



The Florida Star – 5/19/1905

Marihuana is a weed used in Mexico by people of the lower class and sometimes by soldiers, but those who make larger use of it are prisoners sentenced to long terms. The use of the weed and its sale, especially in the barracks and prisons, are very severely punished, yet it has many adepts, and Indian women cultivate it because they sell it at rather high prices.

The dry leave of marihuana, alone or mixed with tobacco, make the smoker wilder than a wild beast. It is said that immediately after the first three or four drafts of smoke smokers begin to feel a slight headache. Then they see everything moving, and finally they lose all control of their mental faculties. Everything, the smokers say, takes the shape of a monster, and men look like devils. They begin to fight, and of course everything smashed is a monster “killed.” But there are imaginary beings whom the wild men cannot kill, and these inspire fear until the man is panic stricken and runs.

Not long ago a man who had smoked a marihuana cigarette attacked and killed a policeman and badly wounded three other offices. Six policemen were needed to disarm him and march him to the police station, where he had to be put into a straitjacket.

There are other plants equally dangerous, among them the tolvache, a kind of loco weed. The seeds this plant boiled and drunk as tea will make a person insane. Among some classes of Mexico it is stated that Carlotta, the empress of Mexico, lost her mind because she was give tolvache in a refreshment.

There is in the state of Michoacan another plant the effects of which upon the human organism are very curious. The plant grows wildly in some parts of Michoacan, and natives have observed that whenever they traversed a field where there were many such plants they lost all notion of places. It takes from three to four hours for a person affected by the smell of the plant to recover the full control of his mental faculties.

Another very curious plant is the one called “de las Carreras” in some places where it grows. When a person drinks a brew of the leaves of seeds of the plant he feels an impulse to run and will run until he drops dead or exhausted.



The Scourge of this Summer’s Garden: Spider Mites
|| 9/25/2009 || 4:43 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

I first noticed the green bean plants in my backyard starting die but didn’t realize that it was a pest. I simply thought the plant was receiving too much sunlight and not enough water. As the leaves wilted on the green bean plant, I sincerely wondered if the ground might have been contaminated by some foreign chemical. On my 3rd floor deck, where I was already growing my Basil plant and my Jaloro pepper plant, I decided to plant some of the seeds harvested from first green bean plant in my backyard. About a month later the green bean plant was showing the same discoloration on the leaves. Again, I didn’t think much of it. I simply thought the green bean plant was not suited to either this climate or the soil I was using. I continued to let the green bean plant grow and the rest of the leaves slowly wilted. Then I noticed that my Jaloro plant was showing discoloration on the leaves. As a pepper plant, I knew it was designed to receive ample sunlight, and the discoloration raised the final flag. I decided to turn the leaf over, squint my eyes, and there they were, spider mites.

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Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Four
|| 8/1/2009 || 12:00 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Photo taken on July 22nd, 2009

This photo series is showcasing the Jalaro plant I’m growing on my 3rd floor balcony. This final part of the series shows the 23 peppers that I harvested the other day. While I wouldn’t say they are super hot, they definitely add both color and spice to my dishes.


Click here to read more about the series.


Related Entries:
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part One
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Two
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Three
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Four
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Five



Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Three
|| 7/28/2009 || 10:21 pm || 2 Comments Rendered || ||

Photo taken on July 16th, 2009

This photo series is showcasing the Jaloro plant I’m growing on my 3rd floor balcony. This part of the series shows the peppers at yellow, orange, and red stages- almost ready for harvest.
Click here to read more about the series.


Related Entries:
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part One
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Two
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Three
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Four
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Five



Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Two
|| 7/22/2009 || 9:08 pm || 2 Comments Rendered || ||

Photo taken on June 19th, 2009

This photo series is showcasing the Jaloro plant growing on my 3rd floor balcony. This part of the series shows the peppers at their yellow stage. Click here to read more about the series.


Related Entries:
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part One
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Two
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Three
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Four
Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Five





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