It's been a little while since I've done a plant report. There has been growth and loss in my little indoor garden. In the allotment I have set some slug traps out and did a little bit of digging, the only problem is the soil is such awful quality - all clay and condensed - terrible for me.
Inside my house plants have been thriving! I have 3 Monstera plants now:
(as you can see I adore my house plants and love to photograph them)
My Borlotti bean stalk has grown even bigger. I spoke to someone with more experience than me and he was quite impressed. I moved it out of the sun and into the back of my room, so it will hopefully grow slower and has more room. I might repot it at one point and I've also had to give it a bigger support stick as it keeps outgrowing the others.
As you can see, he spans 2 pots and he's a big one! There's actually 3 bean stalks here, but one is quite a bit smaller and the other two are kind of intertwined.
My pretty plant corner - Here you can see that my bean stalk on the left has outgrown its support. I've taken cuttings from the Brazilphilodendron on the wall and they are all seeming healthy. The one it the pot on the box, it is growing great! All the other bean stalks look healthy and my avocados are finally cracking. All going good :)
I thought I'd write a bit about something more personal, straying away a bit from nature and plants for a second. Although this relates to gardening as these are both things that keep me calm and help me grow. After I farmed for my first summer at university, I thought I would end up farming for the second - turns out I was wrong.
In the spring of 2017 my friend Frances and I cycled the coast of the Netherlands and part of Germany - on this trip I made her a bet I would find a date in Norway. Quite a random bet, but I had nothing better to do with my summer than to make these kinds of decisions - therefore I booked a plane ticket. Now in the summer's I am homeless, which led me to think about how I wouldn't go bankrupt in about 1 day. I asked a friend if I could borrow his bike, I packed my tent and I slept wild throughout Norway and Sweden. The plan was to cycle from Bergen, Norway to Oslo and then meet my friend in Sweden where he would take back the bike…
I hope you are all having a nice start to the weekend - it is actually rather cold here in England. I thought today I would write about my farming past :)
In the summer of 2016 I had no clue what to do with my time, but I knew I wanted an adventure. This led me to looking at WWOOF. From here I wrote a bunch of farms in Germany asking if I could come work for the summer and surprisingly a lot said yes haha. I decided on an Alpaca farm, packed my bags and off I went.
I arrived on the most beautiful farm and I was thrown in at the deep end. My job became to teach Alpacas to do parkour - yes, seriously. They wanted me to help build the Alpacas an assault course and then teach them how to do it. I'd have to walk to the fields where they were kept and also try lasso 5 alpacas and bring them back to the farm - I can't say this was a skill I expected to learn. My other jobs on the farm was getting the ducks up and putting them to bed, cleaning and feeding the Alpacas…
Guess what?! I finally got a Monstera / Swiss cheese plant. I have called her Wendy and she arrived looking very beautiful. She even has a few babies growing from the bottom, which pleases me greatly. I have wanted one for so long, so I splashed out and got myself one. Here are some photos, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :) :