My newest buddy
Aloe, aloe.. where do I begin?
Low maintenance. Check.
This plant simply sells itself. Aloe vera is popular all over the world because everyone knows just how darn good it is. We have it in drinks, in medicine, in food and in skin care products. If any plant has taken over the world, it would be this.
Aloe vera doesn’t demand much in terms of care. You can leave it alone in indirect sun and forget to water it for a few weeks and it would still be cheerfully growing. In fact, you should leave it alone. It is amazingly easy to overwater an Aloe plant. As a succulent, they store up plenty of water on their own. Where else would you get the awesome juice from?
I’m simply loving my newest addition to the family. I bought a small and relatively young plant because I want to enjoy watching it grow from scratch. I think there is little else that provides the satisfaction of rearing up a young, be it plant or animal.
In other new, my garden just got a make over!
I’m absolutely loving my new plant stand! It simple and gorgeous. Not to mention functional! Sitting on that plant stand is the trench where I released my worms.
They are doing perfectly fine if you were wondering. Not to sure if they have managed to reproduce though. Thus far, I only managed to glimpse one of them as I worked the soil. It looked pretty fat and happy.
My aquarium also got a nice upgrade. The smaller tank now holds baby guppies while the big one has lovely fauna and 4 good sized adult guppies. My caveman aquaponics system has successful churned out a good sized peppermint! I’ve been busy cutting it back down due to it’s explosive growth.
On the right hand side, the big box on the floor with cardboard all over it is my worm bin. I’ve recently increased their home and boy oh boy are they delighted. The reason for me upgrading the size is because I realized that they simply weren’t surfacing or reproducing fast enough. Worms regulate their own population according to the space and food they have. So once the population growth slowed down, I knew it was time to give them a bigger playground.
No, it does not have drainage holes, yes it does have airholes. I know some people would go, “But hey! You could very well drown your worms!” In response, I would like to say that in my smaller bin (the bin above the orange container) I never faced any problems with swamping or The Worm Crawl. I never watered my worms after the Mites Fiasco and the bin had always remained sufficiently damp from the food that goes in. I regularly add paper and cardboard and it has absorbed any excess moisture just fine. I’m confident it will work for the upgraded bin as well.
Now to tally up, I’m currently growing: lemon balm; chives; pandan; chilli; bell pepper; peppermint; spearmint; apple mint; sweet potato; bitter gourd; egg plant; baby blue eyes; tomatoes; lettuce; green beans; avocado; curry plant.
Whew.. quite a list for such a small space eh. No wonder I’ve yet to eat anything I’ve grown, there simply isn’t enough place to produce food for even a person. Doubt I’ll be feeding myself anytime soon ha!