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Open Soon


Did I tell you that the nursery is reopening this Friday, Feb. 1? 10:00am, rain or shine. It’s been a very busy January, indeed. We’ve loaded up the nursery with all kinds of new plants and tools and fertilizers and bird feeders and other stuff too. Are you getting our monthly email? No? <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1804&amp;entry_id=1612" title="http://www.cactusjungle.com/contact.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cactusjungle.com/contact.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Then go here and sign up</a>, for gosh sakes, and you’ll be just in time to get our February email later this week.<br /><br />

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Ants


They got them a lot of ants in Florida.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Q: One of my cactuses has ants in the container, and I would like to get them out without using pesticides. What should I do?<br />
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A: Ants don’t like water, so a good soaking should get them out of the pot. Perhaps this is best done outdoors in an area where you don’t want an ant explosion. Dunk the cactus’s pot with root ball under water for about five minutes. The unhappy ants should scurry to the surface. When you think all the ants are out, set the ant-free cactus out to drain before giving it a permanent location.</span><br /></div><br />Those clever devils at the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1803&amp;entry_id=1611" title="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/food/orl-docsun1308jan13,0,7389558.column" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/food/orl-docsun1308jan13,0,7389558.column’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Orlando Sentinel</a>. What will they think of next. <span style="font-style: italic;">Dunking</span>.<br /><br />

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Toasters


They have a strange set of interests in Colorado. They go to the desert and they find a toaster. Then they write an entire article about the toaster and print it in the newspaper. I’m not shocked, after all, since Coloradans are living pretty high. From the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1802&amp;entry_id=1610" title="http://dailycamera.com/news/2008/jan/17/head-southwest-for-saguaros-singletrack/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://dailycamera.com/news/2008/jan/17/head-southwest-for-saguaros-singletrack/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Boulder Daily Camera</a>.<br /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="384" hspace="5" height="512" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/G0117TUCSON.jpg" /><br />An old toaster decorated with cactus is part of the folk art adorning the Fantasy Island riding area in Tucson, Ariz.<br />
Photo by Marty Caivano</span><br /></div><br />That’s a nice toaster.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1798&amp;entry_id=1606" title="http://elysiummcc.blogspot.com/2008/01/never-sunset-in-tucson.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://elysiummcc.blogspot.com/2008/01/never-sunset-in-tucson.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">A Work in Progress visits Tucson</a> and takes a lot of family portait style pictures of Saguaros. It seems like a reasonable thing to be doing.<br /><br />

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Friday Whippet Blogging


<img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/whippets/benjamin_and_amica_turn_5.jpg" /><br /><br />Benjamin and Amica at Pt. Isabel last week on the occasion of their 5th birthdays, before the storms moved in.<br /><br />

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Saguaro National Park


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1801&amp;entry_id=1609" title="http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/0118quicktrip0118.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/0118quicktrip0118.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Arizona Republic visits</a> their local National Park, Saguaro National Park, and comes away the better for it.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Even if you haven’t been to the western part of this park, you can imagine what it looks like. Massive stands of the namesake cactus are everywhere.<br />
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But fewer people are familiar with the park’s Rincon Mountain District, 30 miles east of the more visited Tucson Mountain District.<br />
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There are fewer saguaros in the eastern section, but it’s thick with other cactuses: cholla, prickly pear, barrel, hedgehog.</span><br /></div><br />There are some nice back roads too. It’s all so dense with so many different types of cactus you could just collapse from all the spiny goodness.<br /><br />

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Drink Your Cactus


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1800&amp;entry_id=1608" title="http://houstonist.com/2008/01/18/houstonist_bart_51.php" onmouseover="window.status=’http://houstonist.com/2008/01/18/houstonist_bart_51.php’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Houstonist finds a recipe</a> for a cactus juice cocktail that contains prickly pear fruit juice, and of course tequila.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Houstonist is heading to Big Bend National Park this weekend to participate in our annual camping extravaganza…<br />
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This year, we decided that it was time to "live off of the land" and "leverage" available natural resources. What’s plentiful in West Texas besides sand and sun? That’s right – cactususes. [We know cacti is correct, but cactususes is more betterer. So, deal.]…</span><br /></div><br />Recipe after the break….<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1608-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Drink Your Cactus"</a>

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Link of the Day


An Indian gardening blog, <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1797&amp;entry_id=1605" title="http://sliceoftheday.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/blue-agave-agave-tequilana/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://sliceoftheday.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/blue-agave-agave-tequilana/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Slice of the Day</a>, tells you everything you need to know about Agave and tequila.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Archaeologists say the agave has been cultivated for at least 9,000 years.</span><br /></div><br />

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Cactus and Goat Curry


New York theater audiences are feasting on cactus and goat curry, according to <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1796&amp;entry_id=1602" title="http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aCtBcClsLWjg&refer=muse" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aCtBcClsLWjg&refer=muse’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">bloomberg.com theater</a> critics and food afficionados. Delicious!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Brick Lane Curry House</span> has a London Underground sign for a logo, a tribute to its namesake street in the British capital, home to many curry restaurants….<br />
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Plump shrimp were cooked in a spicy coconut curry; goat was simmered in sweetish, creamy gravy tinged with saffron. <br />
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">La Palapa</span>, named for the thatch-roofed huts that dot the coast of Mexico, is a festive space decorated with pottery, old maps of Mexico and a sunburst made from bronze stalks of corn….<br />
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Catfish is baked in a corn husk with <span style="font-weight: bold;">chunks of cactus</span>, jalapenos and pungent epazote leaves ($8.95).</span><br /></div><br />Oh, so the cactus and the goat curry aren’t in the same dish…. Now I get it. It’s the cactus and catfish together. I didn’t think the goat cactus combo sounded so good.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1795&amp;entry_id=1601" title="http://thegardenersrake.com/indoor-container-gardening-cacti-arrangements" onmouseover="window.status=’http://thegardenersrake.com/indoor-container-gardening-cacti-arrangements’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Gardeners Rake</a> has recommendations for choosing cactus, and keeping them alive too.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">When you shop for cacti and succulents chose a variety of textures, colors, sizes and shapes. Make sure they are healthy.</span><br /></div><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1601-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Link of the Day"</a>

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More on Agave Nectar


More info from the Sweet Cactus Farms website, to fill in details from this morning’s post.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"> SCF Agave Nectar is at least 25% sweeter than sugar so you can use less and save on calories.<br />
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The Glycemic Index has been measured at 10-11. This GI, certified by the University of Sydney, is based on Agave Nectar produced from 100% Blue Weber Tequilana. Agave Nectar produced from a blend of Agave plants or &quot;Wild Agave&quot; has a higher Glycemic Index. Do not be confused! </span><br /></div><br />Turns out it’s not just related to Tequila, it comes from the Tequila Agave. Good to know. Maybe we should carry it at the nursery.<br /><br /><br />

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Indiana Cactus


They don’t plant cactus in the ground too much in Indiana, instead they bring them inside into their offices, where they are forced to survive under fluorescent lights. Oy. The Evansville <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1794&amp;entry_id=1600" title="http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/15/get-cactus-plant-your-office/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/15/get-cactus-plant-your-office/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Courier Press</a> reprints an article from DIY:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">In fact, the cactus should become the botanical mascot of American business because it reflects the daily challenges of a free-enterprise system.<br />
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A living cactus on every office desk is a great way to acknowledge the duality of our work. On one hand, we are forced to arm ourselves for competition and negotiation. On the other, we have the opportunity to use our company to better the world. Ferocious yet elegant, rugged but exquisite, this universal balance is as important in the workaday world as it is in the evolution of a cactus.</span><br /></div><br />Oy. I have a headache now.<br /><br />

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GI Cactus


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1791&amp;entry_id=1598" title="http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/health/nutrition/view.bg?articleid=1066762&srvc=rss" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/health/nutrition/view.bg?articleid=1066762&srvc=rss’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Australians</a> now have <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1792&amp;entry_id=1598" title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycemic_Index" onmouseover="window.status=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycemic_Index’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Glycemic Index</a> information on their food labels, and it turns out that only one product in the US has that info, and it’s a cactus product.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">To help guide consumers, she has teamed with Diabetes Australia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to form a nonprofit group that gives foods GI numbers and labels. Under this program, foods are tested three times and given a score.<br />
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In the United States, it’s a different story: Only one food – a naturally occurring sugar substitute extracted from cactus and marketed by Sweet Cactus Farms – has undergone testing to earn the GI symbol. And while a growing number of weight-loss books and cookbooks pay homage to the GI approach, neither the American Diabetes Association nor many U.S. nutrition experts have embraced its widespread use.</span><br /></div><br />No info on what the score is. Going to the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1793&amp;entry_id=1598" title="http://www.sweetcactusfarms.com/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sweetcactusfarms.com/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Sweet Cactus Farms</a> website, we find that the cactus extract is actually Agave Nectar, which is in the Lilly family and not the Cactus family at all. That also means it is related to Tequila, which must be good for you too, right?<br /><br />

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Books


A new book out <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1789&amp;entry_id=1597" title="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/01/11/homes/18_53_391_10_08.txt" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/01/11/homes/18_53_391_10_08.txt’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">about bonsai succulents</a> called <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1790&amp;entry_id=1597" title="http://www.amazon.com/Pachyforms-Philippe-Vosjoli-Rudy-Lime/dp/0974297135" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.amazon.com/Pachyforms-Philippe-Vosjoli-Rudy-Lime/dp/0974297135′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">&quot;Bonsai Succulents&quot;</a> by Philippe de Vosjoli and Rudy Lime, features pachyforms whose roots have been cut back.<br /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><img width="432" hspace="5" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/18_53_391_10_08.jpg" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">Rudy Lime and Philippe De Vosjoli at Lime’s backyard Wednesday with a succulent turned into a bonsai.<br />
BILL WECHTER Staff Photographer </span><br /></div><br />We like to let our bonsai succulents go wild, which, technically, would mean they’re not bonsai’s. Oh well, I’m just saying.<br /><br />

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Domino


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1788&amp;entry_id=1596" title="http://www.dominomag.com/daily/blogs/germinatrix/2008/01/do-you-like-old.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.dominomag.com/daily/blogs/germinatrix/2008/01/do-you-like-old.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Domino Magazine </a>has a gardening column whose writer says she has been sceptical of cactus. Until now….<br /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><img width="320" hspace="5" height="240" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/the_old_man_cactus_2.jpg" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">Cacti are controversial. Most people would NEVER plant cactus….<br />
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Until now.<br />
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Cacti have been looking really fresh to me lately…. Hmmmmmm…<br />
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I do adore the cactus known as ‘Old Man Cactus’.</span><br /></div><br />Well, it’s about time. Cactus have been design staples in modern home and garden design for at least the past hundred years. And more popular than ever in this newest of centuries.<br /><br />

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Garden Advice


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1787&amp;entry_id=1595" title="http://www.sanluisobispo.com/151/story/242952.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sanluisobispo.com/151/story/242952.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">San Luis Obispo</a>, like many California towns, is recommending you go drought-tolerant in your garden. Here are some of their tips:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"> <img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/381-slo-20080111-F020-field-29594-MI0001.slideshow_main.prod_affiliate.76.jpg" /><br />A succulent garden spot <br />
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GARDEN TIPS FROM FRANK GABRIEL<br />
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RAISE IT UP<br />
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Mounding the soil into berms creates dynamic focal points and allows you to add good soil, increasing the drainage essential for succulents.<br />
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MIX IT UP<br />
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Contrast the bold colors and diverse forms of succulents to create striking combinations throughout the garden.<br />
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ROCK OUT!<br />
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Whether it’s boulders, flagstone or rock mulch, stone gives a natural feel and creates structure in the garden. </span><br /></div><br />Nicely done. I don’t have any snarky comments to add to such a simple and straightforward set of recommendations.<br /><br /><br />

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Cactus and Ghost Towns


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1786&amp;entry_id=1594" title="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/11/travel/escapes/20080111_AMERICAN_SLIDESHOW_index.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/11/travel/escapes/20080111_AMERICAN_SLIDESHOW_index.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">New York Times Travel section</a> visits southern Arizona on a lovely drive.<br /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/11amer.01.jpg" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">On a road trip along the borderlands of Arizona you’ll find vast open land, big Western sky and adventurous people ­ some who live there and some just passing through. At left, a visitor drives on Ajo Mountain Loop road in Organ Pipe National Monument five miles north of the Arizona and Mexico border.<br />
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Photo: Jeff Topping for The New York Times</span><br /></div><br />I always try to get out of the car too. Check out the rest of the photos, it seems they got out of the car too.<br /><br />

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Alaska Cactus


Hap is from Alaska. I wonder if the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1785&amp;entry_id=1593" title="http://www.adn.com/life/story/260436.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.adn.com/life/story/260436.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Anchorage Daily News</a> ever featured his greenhouse full of cactus in their paper.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /><img width="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/403-3358758.standalone.prod_affiliate.7.jpg" /></div><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Fran Flint at home in Anchorage with her collection of cacti and succulents. The barrel cactus she is holding is at least 20 years old, she says, and it’s her favorite.<br />
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Photo: FRAN DURNER / Anchorage Daily News</span><br /></div><br />According to Hap’s sister, who stills lives there, there hasn’t been too much snow this year.<br /><br />

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Austin Art Car Update


Our intrepid correspondent Abigail Mahnke from Austin, TX tooks these pictures of the junk/art/nuisance/cactusplanter/car near Austin. The judge has ruled that it is a nuisance, but the owners are taking them all the way to the supreme court if that’s what it takes.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/DSCN3973b.jpg" /><br /><br />Now that I see it, I’m leaning more towards nuisance. Especially with that Ron Paul sign. Those crazy f’in libertarians…<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/DSCN3970a.jpg" /><br /><br />

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Washington Cactus


I don’t know what this article is about, so here’s a quote, and we’ll leave it at that.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The home is heated by a rocket stove, a special wood-burning stove. Kale grows on his sod-covered roof. The wind blusters outside, but the inside of his home is cozy, dry and quiet. It’s warm enough and light enough for Boreen, an accomplished gardener, to tend to <span style="font-weight: bold;">an array of cacti and succulents</span>. In the summer, the home is pleasantly cool, he said.</span><br /></div><br />That’s from the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1784&amp;entry_id=1590" title="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080110/LIVING03/565224720" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080110/LIVING03/565224720′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Everett (WA) Herald</a>. Some kind of human interest story, I suppose.<br /><br />

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Friday Whippet Blogging


Benjamin Speaks<br />
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Constitutional Questions


The Cactus Car Planter – art or nuisance – <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1783&amp;entry_id=1589" title="http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_017111133.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_017111133.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">lawsuit in Austin</a> takes on a decidely consititutional character as the business owners refuse to move it. <br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Less than a week after Municipal Judge John Burke ruled the Oldsmobile turned cactus planter outside the San Marcos Planet K store a “public nuisance,” the company’s founder and CEO has filed in district court for an injunction, and the city of San Marcos is about to turn it over to the feds….<br />
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“Over a cactus planter? Federal Court?,” he said…. “All we wanted to do is to beautify a car and beautify our property and we did that…. the worst part is bureaucrats are continuing to waste taxpayer money on nonsense like a cactus planter….&quot;<br />
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In the meantime, the car will stay where it is. “The city will not do anything until everybody’s had the opportunity to be heard, so it will sit there.”</span><br /></div><br />I’m sending our Texas reporter out to get a look. Hopefully she’ll report back soon.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1782&amp;entry_id=1588" title="http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">My Back 40 (Feet)</a> has lots of good photographic evidence of their bloom skills in the harsh San Francisco winters with a post called Bloom Day.<br /><br /><br />

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We Get Questions


Q: Hello,<br />
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I came across your blog regarding info for Jatropha Podagica and found it very helpful. I did, however, have a question. I live in the NE, and have recently purchased seeds. I was wondering when is the best time to plant them? Any info you may have would be great. Thanks in advance!<br />
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Steve<br /><br />A: Steve,<br />
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If you are starting indoors, under lights it does not matter when you start your Jatropha. We start ours through out the year. We use High Output Fluorescent lights with bottom-heat with good results. Jatropha seems to want 75-80 degrees soil temp. and to sprout under bright light. Nicking the seed coat or rubbing on course sand paper usually speeds up germination. We press the seed in to moist cactus and succulent soil and put a half inch layer of horticultural charcoal on top. It seems to inhibit algae and fungal problems.<br />
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Good luck,<br />
Hap<br /><br />

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Florida Succulents


Nancy George’s North Florida Gardening Guide recommends succulents for your North Florida garden. I wonder what constitutes North Florida? The top half of the state, or just the panhandle area? My parents moved to Sarasota which is in the middle of the Gulf Coast area, an hour south of Tampa. Looking at a map, one wonders….


Looking for plants with a contemporary element, unusual forms, vibrant colors, striking foliage and extraordinary flair while remaining low maintenance? Then look to succulents and cactus. Whether planted in large numbers or used as a single specimen these plants are both beautiful and enduring. The colors, shapes and textures are endless. There are so many varieties that can be either planted in the landscape or used in containers and a lot of these beauties are totally hardy to frost.

I would guess anything north of Tampa would be North FL, but then that would include Orlando.

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Indiana Cactus


Everybody loves them some cactus in winter when you can’t be out planting your garden and you want a little bit of sunshine in your kitchen window. Even in Indiana. The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1778&amp;entry_id=1583" title="http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/08/year-round-greenery/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/08/year-round-greenery/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Evansville Courier &amp; Press</a> has a fresh article.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="260" hspace="5" height="260" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/home_20080107_indoorplants_banner.jpg" /> <br />Liven up winter with unexpected greenery – a cactus brings some sun to your décor.</span><br /></div><br />Nice. And I find that when you follow the primary election results coming out of Michigan that sometimes you find yourself laughing just a little at Mitt Romney. He’s a funny guy, that Mitt.<br /><br />

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Preparing for Spring


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1777&amp;entry_id=1582" title="http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=665&Itemid=2" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=665&Itemid=2′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Imperial Valley News</a> lets you know how to prepare for a lush Spring garden without resorting to watering.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">In these times of severe drought in many parts of the country, consumers are desperate for plants that will make their gardens shine, in spite of water restrictions. The secret is selecting plants that are naturally not thirsty.<br />
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Many of our own native plants, water-storing cactus and succulents for example, have evolved over time to tolerate dry conditions…. Prudent gardeners select companion plants with similar water needs.</span><br /></div><br />Now that’s true. I know a couple prudent gardeners, and they really do select prudent companion plants. But don’t quote me on that, because while they might be prudent and while the companion plants might be low water, everybody wants a little citrus too.<br /><br />

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