Favorite Things: Keeping up with the Calendars…

 

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I am in my second week of celebrating the March National _____Days and using my March Popular Science Calendar and it is, as they say, keeping me off the streets! I have been posting on Instagram but thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes pictures here too!

I’ll start with my attempt at Hydroponics. Let’s just say I am still purchasing basil at the grocery store.

The instructions in the Popular Mechanics magazine were very detailed and required a large (20 gallon) plastic tub with lid for the set up. I was thinking this may be pretty big for me so did a little research and found this terrific tutorial to attempt hydroponics on a smaller scale!

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Here are my supplies: coffee can, air pump and tubing 

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I decided to make my own aerated cups (with my husband’s help and fancy dial caliper)

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It is always fun to bring out the tools!

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This seemed like it was going to work like a charm!

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Placing the aerated container filled with rocks and basil plant 

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So much hope for success!!

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The markings show better days….

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Maybe I should try container gardening?!

I Have an Idea: Avocado Gone Wild

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I always wanted to grow an avocado from the pit.

I remember my sister starting one when we were kids and thought it would be fun to start one myself someday.

I never thought of what I would do with it if, in fact, it actually grew. I never really thought about what an avocado actually grew on–  a bush,  a tree, a vine like a pumpkin? I didn’t grow up around them.

I guess I never thought I would actually successfully start an avocado and would figure it out once it happened.

So one day after eating a delicious avocado I thought- why not give it a go?

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I remember my sister suspended the pit over some water with toothpicks so that it was partially submerged in water. I found some toothpicks and checked online which end should be submerged.

The water became cloudy, so I replenished it.

I waited.  No roots or leaves after several weeks. (It may have been months since I stopped looking.)

I noticed it doing nothing one day and wondered if I should just give up. I was planting some herbs so thought I might as well just stick the pit in some dirt and see what happened.

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It grew.

I put it outside its first summer, and that almost did it in until I read that it should be shaded. I put it under a tree.

It grew some more.

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I brought it in for the winter and soon I needed to provide it some support with something long and steady. I used my large umbrella. It stood a little straighter. I never thought it would grow so large.

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I am running out of room for it. But I love it.

I’ve read that it won’t bear fruit unless I have another one.

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And that’s how my house became overrun with avocado bushes. I may need to build a shed!