Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Green Thumb?

I have a few things I'm pretty good at. I can hold my own in the kitchen, with a sewing machine, and I'm not afraid of a long road trip as the solo driver. I am terrible at keeping plants alive. I did alright when we lived in Kansas because is was hot enough there, if I opened the curtains and remembered to water (our Christmas cactus names Stan) once every two or three months, I was good.  He even bloomed! Sadly, he met his demise on the move to Washington four years ago. He cooked in the car. Lame. RIP Stan.

Somehow, because we've had great weather and I've delegated the watering to Nicole, our garden is awesome. Check it out! We have strawberries, carrots, brussel sprouts, sunflowers, pumpkins, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, cabbage, onions, zucchini and chili peppers growing.  I have never had fruit on a pepper plant before, and we have 4 thriving plants this year.

This garden is in our front yard because we are ghetto like that.

Zucchinis. This is the first year we've had fruit on our zucchini plants and they are one of the only guaranteed grows in Washington...in my opinion.
So, our garden is exciting. I'll can the tomatoes this year into harvest soup, once they are ready. 

My next order of business is this little beauty.

I've recently acquired her and her name is Sally. She's on the bottom bunk, but has serious personal space issues. The top plant is my trusty Aloe Vera plant, Thelma. Sally and I have a history. She's older than me. I almost killed her when I was 6 years old. For real.  My mom had this plant, and the macrame she lives in, before I was born and my Dad gave her to me. If you were ever in my home growing up, you may have seen this plant. In the house my Dad lives in now, it was in my parents room, but most of my friends ended up in my parents room, so it's possible. Sally. I love her. Anna loves her too. That is why she will inherit her when I die.

Check out my red wall. I painted that today. I'm still deciding if it gets to stay. The verdict will come in August when I paint my kitchen and front room.

I digress.

I need help keeping her alive. Do you have house plants in your home? How do you make them thrive? (I just wrote a poem there. Well, it's poetic anyway.)

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