A few months ago I started experimenting with growing the salad green radicchio. I started the plants from seeds. I also am trying a method that I heard works with cabbage. That method is to use the stem end. Radicchio is cosidered a slightly bitter salad green although it can be mostly red. It is related to endive and escarole. It is in the chicory family. Although for those scientific minded gardeners it is said to be in the Compositae family that includes sunflowers.
Growing radicchio from seeds is basically like most vegetables. I prefer to start seeds in small cell packs rather than direct seeding in the garden. When the first true leaves appear I transplant the seedlings into 4″ pots. Then I transplant into the garden or a large container when plants are 4″ to 6″ tall. I explain this method in detail in my gardening book on the iTunes store (see the link on the sidebar).
The seed method went well except the germination percentage was low. And, the seeds may have been mixed with an odd variety of radicchio. The midrib on the plants from these seeds is red instead of white. The company sent me a replacement packet of seeds they got from Italy. Stay tuned for those results. Here in Hawaii most of the year the temperatures are warm to hot so radicchio will not form heads and the leaves are mostly dark green with tnges of red. The red appears more pronounced as the teperature gets cooler. But the leaves are still edible. In the winter we get a little lower temps and the plants might produce small heads here in Hawaii.
The stem end method is interesting. You get another plant from the original vegetable. This way saves time and money. Radicchio is expensive. But if you purchase one head you can eventually get another plant from it so you can cut the price at least in half. I purchased the radicchio head for these tests. So far it looks like you will only get leaves from this method and it will not form heads. But I only recently started testing this method so keep checking back on any new developments.
With the stem method you purchase a head of radicchio from the store. You the either cut out the stem end right away or wait until you finish eating the leaves. Then you can plant that stem end in the garden or put into a jar top and put on a windowsill for a couple of days, then into the garden. Either way you choose the leaves will appear first and get to a good size before roots develope.
You can watch a video of growing radicchio that is on my youtube channel Wonderful Wandering Topics or go directly to the radicchio video at https://youtu.be/KS3jPmTb-tU
I have decided to revitalize this site for a number of reasons. There just isn’t enough peaceful, tranquil, nature words, photos, or videos out in the media. I feel that all of us that can should make an attempt to overwelm all the negative press that bombards us every day. So I am starting with me.
I already recently started a youtube channel where I began posting nature and other videos. You are welcome to visit there at Wonderful Wandering Topics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBuapIXU1tt0z_CTUv1T2bg
Even the videos that may not seem to have a nature theme probably will have nature scenes. I am in Hawaii after all and nature is all around me. For instance there is my first road trip video with my new Prius. The trip was to a short hiking trail to Onomea Bay ( see the photo on this post). Join me on these adventures on youtube and here. On this site I will try to write more in depth about those video adventures.
Peace, Love, and Harmony, Jimmy
Often in nature we feel peace and tranquility. Sometimes there are special moments beyond even that. Those moments can bring into focus subtle energies beyond what we could have imagined.
These special moments, these magical moments, although they happen infrequently, can have a profound effect on us forever. This is not new. This is not a new discovery. Ancient peoples knew this and practiced it as a way of life. It has been mostly lost over time.
Feeling or even seeing subtle energies can be elusive for some people – maybe most people. These subtle energy vibrations are seen by some, others feel it, others hear it, and yet others have visions of things not yet made visible. The experience can help them with things that are occurring in their bodies or lives. And yes, many people will not sense these energies in any way that they can perceive. Oddly enough, they might be helped by those energies without knowing it.
Putting ourselves in nature, being in nature as often as possible with an awareness and open mind increases our chances of being present at such a moment. Magical moments can happen when you least expect it. Two of my interactive ebooks on tranquility can help get started ( click on the Books button for descriptions and links to the books). Future ebooks will go deeper into the theme of this post.
In the above photo, Ellen a friend of mine is feeling one of those moments.
Most people go to a zoo to see and photograph wild animals. I went to the local zoo because I knew they had farm animals. I thought I would get good photos of something like goats. I hadn’t thought they would have peacock birds. I spent most of my time there getting some good images and video of the peacocks. The colors, shapes, and designs on the birds are even more pronounced when you zoom in. It brought me back to the summer days I used to spend on my grandmother’s farm. She had a wide variety of domestic and wild birds including peacocks. The following images were taken with a Sony NX70 and Sony HX200.
Look for future video and more images especially in my ebooks. Check out my ebook page.
In one of my next ebooks scheduled for next year I will have a section on birds. In my already published ebook, Your Guide To Tranquility, I mention the idea that watching animals in nature can often be a relaxing and tranquil experience. Birds, especially in water, are the best example of that. But, besides that aspect, birds are an interesting and educational past time in your home state or country and whenever you travel to different locations.
Here are some preview photos of some birds I photographed and filmed in Hawaii. Note that although these are still images, my ebooks also include video of some of these birds. See the Books page on this web site to learn more about these types of ebooks and the ebooks I have published already.
My newest ebook is now available on the iTunes iBookstore. It is titled, Deep Tranquility- Visual Meditations With Nature. Here is the link to the description page:
There are many types of hibiscus flowers. They can be seen in various colors. They rival roses in the number of cultivars that are available. Cultivars are plants that have been selected and propagated by cuttings rather than seeds. Here are some images of hibiscus flowers I have photographed around Hawaii Island, the Big Island.
I have a new ebook available on the iTunes iBookstore. The title is, Garden Topics Tips and Talk Story, the author is me, Jimmy DeFilippis. It is about vegetable gardening. Here is the link to the description page in the iBookstore:
These photos were all taken in the Hilo, Hawaii area. The last active lava flow to threaten Hilo was in 1984. It came within 4 miles of Hilo before it stopped. Other flows in 1852 and 1942 stopped about the same distance away. In 1855 one flow came a little closer. In 1881 one came to within what is now Hilo town but didn’t advance to the sea.
The lava flows that made it to the sea in the Hilo area date back a lot further than 1881. The old flows in these photos occurred well before that date.
The active lava flow on the Big Island today is at the Volcanos National Park and at times does reach the sea. It is no threat to Hilo since it is about 30 miles away and flowing in the opposite direction.
Check out my new ebook.
Here is a link to my page on the iTunes iBookstore:
My first ebook, Your Guide To Tranquility, is now available on the itunes bookstore for one dollar and 99 cents US. At this time it can only be downloaded to an Apple ipad that has the free ibooks app. Hopefully in the future it will be available for more devices. The book has over 50 photos and 8 short videos to help you relax and calm your body, mind, and get in tune with your spiritual tendencies all in the serene surroundings of nature. It is an overview with specific suggestions of where to go and what to do to utilize nature in our quest for a more peaceful, tranquil life.
Above is the cover of the book. Click on the link below this paragraph to see the book description page in the itunes bookstore. You can view the page on any device or computer. You are welcome to share the link with anybody you think would be interested. Also, see my books page on this site.
If the link doesn’t work or if you don’t like to click on links then you can go to the itunes bookstore and search for the title or search for me the author, Jimmy DeFilippis.
A reminder to anyone outside the United States – the book is only on the US store. If you would like it to be made available in your country just send me a comment on this blog and I would be happy to add the itunes bookstore in your country. The book is written in English only.
Lili’uokalani Gardens is situated on Hilo Bay. It is only 5 minutes drive from downtown Hilo. It is my home away from home. I walk and do tai chi and chi gung there almost every day. It is a peaceful area. Even though it gets a lot of tourists, that doesn’t spoil the peace. Everyone entering the Gardens becomes a part of the peaceful atmosphere.
Next post will be about Coconut Island which is adjacent to the Gardens.