Bits of This and That

I got a book about houseplants at Goodwill the other day. It's nice because it has info and specific care for tons of houseplant species. It also has some examples of "living with plants", most are horrible because I think the book is from the late 70's, but I did really like this room. The tile floor, those wonderful chairs, the market basket, the little orange tree...sigh.

A "spider" fell off my spider plant a few months ago when I was moving and up until recently I was just keeping it in water. I found this sweet vintage pot though and decided it was a good time to move it to soil. I'm sorry to say my spider plants don't much care for my new apartment. They prefer full sun and my place gets no direct sun.


The Victorian Kitchen Garden

I've watched this series about 50 times since I discovered it a few months ago (via. Marjorie. Thank you!). It's just so interesting & pleasant. The head gardener in it is so amazing, I wish I had just a tenth of his depth of knowledge! Another thing I especially love about this show is how they show and use all these very specialized tools and techniques (glass tubes to make cucumbers grow straight, a special tiny saw for harvesting asparagus), it's just fascinating! It makes me want to look for some of these kind of things at antique stores.
(there is also a great related show about cooking The Victorian Kitchen)


Seedling Progress

Ugh, I definitely didn't expect that heavy rain last night to turn into snow! I was a little worried about my newly sprouted seeds, but they are hearty early veggies that don't mind the cold too much and they seem to have come though all right. Just look at these french radishes! I can't wait to harvest these!

bok choy seedlings3
My bok choy seems to be doing alright as well. I moved their container to a spot on my balcony that actually gets direct sun for a little while (when the sun is out anyway). I thinned them a little but I suppose they probably need to be thinned a little more. Some of the seedlings are turning white on the edges, does anyone know why this is? Too much water maybe?


Orchard Bee House

I had to snap a quick picture of this amazing orchard bee house from a book before returning it to the library. I want to build one! I don't really have a great spot for it right now, maybe someday...