Moving in the babies…

Remember those aloes I saved out of the garden in February, two of the best have been promoted to cheering me up – by greening the bathroom! The pots don’t exactly match – but then again, I am no interior decorator / designer. I am just happy if I can keep the plants alive and somewhat green.

My addiction to green things does not just stop at two though… I picked up an awesome stand at IKEA on the weekend – my first ever visit. The succulents that I saved from the garden in February have found a new home. There are a few empty spots – but I will hopefully fill them up as my gardening skills improve (I have been known to accidentally kill Devil’s Ivy – not sure how). I definitely need to get advice on those peace lilies. Check out my indoor plant stand below.

Ensuite_Babies

I am also wondering if my room mates will notice the greening of the kitchen? They don’t get indoor plants – or why I might enjoy them. Maybe they will be more appreciative of some green in winter. The lucky bamboo definitely needs some training…. In the meantime, I will keep the indoor green creep, slowly so that they also become part of the furniture.

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Saving Succulents

With the house nearly finished, it is time to start to start to think about the gardens. For the last several years we have had a large garden in front of the house – but given my lack of green thumb and frequent water shortages – it is a bit if a mess. I have been told that I need to start over.

But starting over from scratch seems silly – there are plants that I love. I need to save them one by one. The first, aloe vera, seems useful to keep around  – and after several years it has multiplied like crazy. But the hot and dry weather seems to be trying it very best to kill it.

GardenAloe

So I am going to separate and plant as many as I can before the bulldozer comes in. It seems to be taking well to the pot.

Another plant I am saving seems to be growing prolifically – but the cows love it. They heave eaten it back to dirt several times but it continues to come back. This is great because it is one of my favourites. I am told that it is also an adequate salt replacement when dried, something I can add to my soups. It has a little red flower that the bees love – and it is native! Don’t know its name though.

unknown succulant

Although it is not a succulent, I love rosemary and have been taking cuttings from the well established bush. The twelve I planted last year are going very well, so lets hope this lot of fifteen do as well.

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The great ginger experiment

Recently I have been consuming a lot of ginger – fresh ginger root. I have been going through at least 500g a month if not more. It is not because I am fond of ginger, I don’t really like the taste, it is because of the supposed health benefits.

Health benefits supposedly include:

  • lower blood sugar
  • lower cholesterol
  • weight loss
  • fewer and less severe colds

So I take it in a tea every morning and evening  with lemon, honey, and apple cider vinegar. I am getting on in years and it may be a good idea to start looking after my health, besides as a chocoholic anything that lowers my blood sugar is a good idea.

But fresh ginger root is expensive! So I thought I would try and grow my own. So I mixed some well draining soil and stuck a few old and sprouting ginger roots – they aren’t from the nursery and have seen better days. I guess all I can do is keep watering them and cross my fingers.

The containers and bucket lids are upcycled – if this works….. well, the great ginger experiment will have been a success!