Archive for the ‘Succulents’ Category

posted by on Create, Gifts, Grow, Succulents, Weddings

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Yes you read it right, I have a major obsession with miniatures.  I always have, since I was a little girl collecting my grandma’s tiny perfume bottles and those adorable little lipstick tubes that Avon used to do for lip color samples.  Oh my goodness.  Those were my favorite.  I can still remember the smells. Anyways, to this day I can’t pass up an opportunity to do something in mini form.  So these cuties, of course, make my nose scrunch and I find myself talking in a baby voice.  Call me weird, but you’ll do the same when you see them.  These are so perfect for a sweet little thinking of you gift, favors for a party,  place card holders and take home gifts for dinner parties or even a wedding.  They come in some great colors too.

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I used the bottle of oil for size comparison.  It was the closest tiny thing I could grab. (And everyone needs citrus fresh in their life.)

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Ok, see, you’re talking in your tiny baby voice now too right? Well, all the same…these are calling out to you for your next gift for a sweet friend or your big day – sometimes all it takes to make a big splash is something tiny!

posted by on Create, Indoor Gardening, Market time, Mountain Life, Succulents

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Getting ready for a market means lots of dirt in this house, pizza for dinner, extra fresh oxygen from flats of plants and morning chaos trying to find homeworks & make lunches in this jungle. Here’s a glimpse…

My evening helpers, post bath time.

My evening helpers, post bath time.

 

Perfect pebble placement of course!

Perfect pebble placement of course!

 She gets so excited every time I let her help! Fee child labor-what?! Who said that?

She gets so excited every time I let her help! Free child labor-what?! Who said that?

 

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New life cycle for a strawberry planter. I mean who can grow strawberries at this altitude anyways!?

New life cycle for a strawberry planter. I mean, who can grow strawberries at this altitude anyways!?

Love!

Love!

This one makes me wish my toes were in the sand. Actually, I did have sand between my toes when I finished planting this one, but that doesn't count!

This one makes me wish my toes were in the sand. Actually, I did have sand between my toes when I finished planting this one, but that doesn’t count!

Lil beauty needs a new home!

Lil beauty needs a new home!

Yep, that's actually dirt on the floor, in my house. Ain't no shame!

Yep, that’s actually dirt on the floor, in my house. Ain’t no shame!

Watering Succulents

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2013
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posted by on Care, Create, Cultivate, Grow, Indoor Gardening, Succulents

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Often times people are intimidated by succulents because they seem so delicate, or so “juicy,” and they end up killing them by overcare, instead of neglect. Over watering succulents will lead to root rot, soggy, yellow, squishy leaves, and eventually death. And that succs! Haha! Well, good news for all you succy killers…I have the greatest trick for telling if your succulents and cacti need watering or not.

When you wander over to your planter and think about over watering your sweet succulents, pause first and try this great trick.┬áStart with a dry set of wooden chopsticks, or wooden skewers from the kitchen. In these pics I used skewers. Take the wooden skewer or chopstick and poke it into the soil of your planter, all the way down to the bottom, where the water would be if there was any there. Pull the stick out: if it is damp at all or has any soil on the stick, then it doesn’t need to be watered. If the stick comes out dry and/or with no dirt on it, then it is watering time! How easy is that? I have been using this trick for a while now and it has really proven the point that succulents are easier to kill by over-care than neglect. So relax!

Insert Skewer

Insert Skewer

If it comes out with no dirt and dry, like this, it's time to water.

If it comes out with no dirt and dry, like this, it’s time to water.

Insert the skewer all the way down to the bottom of the planter...

Insert the skewer all the way down to the bottom of the planter…

This skewer has dirt on it, so it is ok. No watering here.

This skewer has dirt on it, so it is ok. No watering here.

So if you see me on the deck, with chopsticks in my hair-don't judge! Now you know why!

So if you see me on the deck, with chopsticks in my hair, wielding a watering can-don’t judge! Now you know why!

I live in the arid mountains of our great country and my gardening practices could be quite different than yours. (Especially if you have any humidity whatsoever!) But, with this great tip, it doesn’t matter where you live! You’ll never drown another succulent!

Post coming soon on my planting methods and why I don’t use drainage holes…