You sound like me when I go to the nursery. Now I have to order my plants and seeds online. So now I have well over 100 catalogs for plants, because I have to comparison shop.
If I go to the greenhouse or nursery I am like a kid in a candy store, I want them all, need them all and will buy as many as my credit card will allow.
I like to be able to go and poke at them before I buy them. My mom buys all of her plants online now but it just isn't the same to me.
When I was living in Calgary I'd go to the frog peoples' house to get flies and stuff, but they also build their own vivariums to sell, so they had a crazy selection of tropical plants. I'd go in with $100 expecting to spend $30 and come out with bags and bags of plant clippings. At the last reptile expo I walked by their booth complaining that I only had $7 left, and they sold me a begonia.
I wouldn't be so bad if they weren't enabling my addiction!
I usually just do the seeds online unless it's something I've failed at starting from seeds in the past.
My normal common variety plants I will sometimes buy started. But prefer to get most started here, and i like some really strange vegetables.
I prefer heirloom on just about everything. That goes double for tomatoes.
I have a weird thing about colors. Purple beans, orange or purple coliflower, yellow tomatoes, black tomatoes.
Peppers, we tend to go overboard. Hot peppers, sweet peppers, cayenne peppers for the birds. Then some oddly shaped ones.
We also try and add new stuff every year, usually something we hadn't tried or something more exotic.
I was at the pet store today (yesterday now I guess) getting my weekly pile o insects and I found some new food for Finnick to try!
Merrick released a line of dog food a while ago with dried raw chunks in the kibble mix, and I was looking at it, but the specs just weren't right. The cat one is out now, and there's also little wet pouches. I picked up the duck, whitefish, and rabbit ones to try for now as an extra mix-in to Finn's veggies and bugs. Here's the rabbit one: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/cats/...Protein-Rich_Morsels_in_Gravy_Cat_Food&id=343
There aren't that many ingredients which is nice. Once the water weight is accounted for it's 47% protein, 16% fat, 6% fiber, so not too bad, and since I'm mixing it with veggies and bugs it will balance out perfectly. I'll be trying it out tomorrow!
I picked up a small bag of the kibble too just to give it a try as a treat. I don't like it as much as the wet food but it's not terrible.
I've been hacking away at the spreadsheets for common fruits, veggies, meats, and insects today. Insects is as done as it's getting, I think. A lot of nutritional information just doesn't seem to be available. And the meats one is finished!
I'm going to dig through some scholarly articles and see if I can find any information on the vitamins and minerals in insects, and I'll finish fruits and veggies in the next few days, and then I'll post all of those along with my calculator as one big post.
I'm still trying to figure out how to calculate Ca: P ratio and adjust the calcium... I think it'll have to be weight based...
I found a retailer out of Thailand that ships pretty much every insect you could imagine. They have rhino beetle larvae, lightly seasoned. But the packaging doesn't even have an ingredients list, let alone nutritional info. I'll keep digging there in case I'm just blind. This is their product here: http://www.thailandunique.com/edible-insects-bugs
I've also found a few blogs by people who eat bugs with some data, but a lot of information is missing. Like where they found their numbers, or what measurement the vitamins or minerals are in. "27 magnesium" really isn't very helpful :lol:.
I checked Amazon and found distributed selling those, hoped that there might be more info on the back of the bag or Amazon sites. Nothing there. At least the ones I checked.
Now I wonder if a college entomology department would know of anything.