Monthly Archives: October 2013

My Windowsill Garden – The Avocado Plant Project

indoor city garden

Pineapple plant, ginger, grass, spoon jade succulent, aloe, jade succulent, avocado and bamboo plant

There is something very satisfying about successfully germinating and then being able to see your plant grow and flourish in front of your eyes.  A plant grown from kitchen scraps is especially gratifying as I have spent $0 and almost no effort on my fun little project. That’s why for the past 6 months, I’ve been trying to avocado trees, pineapple plants, ginger and some random succulents by my East facing kitchen window.  I know East isn’t ideal for optimal sunshine, but anything is better than North right?

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It is a known fact that I love avocados.  I shun and silently judge those who don’t enjoy avocados the way I do.  Currently, my favorite way to eat avocado is spread on toast with some Vegemite on top. yum.  Anyway,  instead of tossing my avocado seeds like most folks, I’ve begun to clean them off, stick little toothpicks in them and suspend them over a glass of water.  For anyone whose tried this method of starting the tree, it is a very slow and unrewarding process.  1 out of 4 seeds never sprout for me…which makes it even more exciting when they do sprout!

indoor avocado plant

freshly transplanted from water to soil

indoor avocado plant pruned

Attempted to prune by trimming top leaves

This guy took 6 months to get to this stage, and hes only about 5″ tall.  I haven’t seen any visible growth in about a month, so I repotted him in some cactus soil and decided to try pruning.  I keep reading articles about ‘pruning’ or ‘pinching off’ the top leaves to encourage growth and bushiness, but directions are always really vague.  I was too puss to cut off the stem so I opted to snip off the top leaves.  So far nothing has changed…but stay tuned.

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Hello

I’ve started this blog to document and catalog my random thoughts, interests, likes, dislikes, inspirations, rants and any projects I might be obsessed with at the moment.  I have a short attention span and tend to juggle many unfinished side projects at once.  I keep myself busy by doing homebody things knitting, cross-stitching, baking, sewing, ceramic arts, gardening and acquiring new hobbies.  Maybe this blog will help me to be more accountable for some of the projects I start.

I work to live, and at the ripe old age of 25 I’m trying to start my career over again since life is too short to feel miserable about work all the time.  I don’t know what it is yet that I excel at  but by the slow process of elimination, I’ve gotten to know myself better and what career paths I don’t wish to continue down.  I am currently taking a couple nights and weekends courses at FIT that I’m enjoying, and this has prompted me to apply for the One Year AAS Fashion Design Degree for the Fall 2014 Semester.  I’m nervous about the application process, if I have what it takes to keep up with the accelerated curriculum, being a full time student again, quitting my job, finding a job after school, and how to keep afloat during all this. Baby Steps.

These days I find myself overwhelmed with my third career move (which I am still unhappy with), taking classes at FIT, taking pottery classes, agreeing to do freelance work, and making  time for my sanity.  Things are tough but I’ve made larger strides in the past year than I have since graduating from college.  Its go time.