My Edelweiss

I bought it in the autumn from a plant-shop. It was sent to me by post along with some other plants, mostly mints :). It looked pretty sad than, but being late autumn i hoped that in the spring it will recover.This is the way it looked back thanfloare de coltThen, it died out completely. And in the spring, new shots appeared.uscataI cleaned all the dead foliage and replanted it in a homemade hanging basket, made out of a plastic bottle 🙂curatatalegataThen, after a month it become this green beautyfloare de coltAnd then, flowers are starting to appearfloare-de-coltAnd now is in full bloom, showing all its beautyfloarea-de-coltNo special treatment, just water daily and love 🙂

Edelweiss in a pot

I have always wanted to have my own edelweiss 🙂 Now i finally have it

Update avocado





Grow your own avocado tree

Like many other plants, exotic fruits can be propagated from their seeds. Avocado make no exception. This is also a great project for kids, watching hoe the roots appear from the seed and how the plant start to grow. Open you avocado fruit with care to not damage the seed and take the seed out. Wash it thoroughly and prepare a glass with water,


Gently stick 3 or 4 toothpicks into the avocado seed and place it over you glass with water making sure that the bottom of the seed is just above the the water level.


Place the glass on a windowsill and wait. Don’t forget to add some more water from time to time, as its level go down, making sure the the bottom of the seed is always in water. In about three weeks you should see the seed cracking and small but firm roots will start to emerge from it.

It will take some more time until the plant itself will appear. after the two true leave are formed, you can move the plant in a pot with planting compost.

Sowing seeds in loo rolls

Sowing your own seeds provide you with a larger variety of cultivars then you might find when buying plants from nurseries. I kept some tomato seeds form varieties i liked last year and i’m sowing them now indoor for an early start.

To avoid much disturbance on the young plants roots i’m using loo rolls to sow them inrasadnite

I filled them with compost and placed few seeds in each roll. I will keep the strongest one in every roll.


Then i covered them with little compost, watered well and placed them in a mini greenhouse to keep the moisture in and avoid temperature fluctuation.


After a few days the little plants are starting to sprout


I hope they will do fine in their recicled home 🙂

Growing herbs in pots

I grow all my herbs in pots, perennials and annuals. This way they are close to my kitchen and when the summer is over i can bring them indoor without having to transplant them. They grow well as long as you offer them a quality compost and some water when they need it.

When they become overcrowded i just separate them and make even more herbs. The annual herbs are also suitable for pots and you can sow them any time of the year.

This is how some of my herbs are looking at the end of the winter:

Lemon balm
lemon balm



Sowing calendar

Searching the web for some information about sowing herbs and vegetables i fond a very useful calendar of sowing and harvesting.


You will find here most of the hers and vegetables that you can grow in your garden. Very useful!


Growing Garden cress in water

One of the most easy to grow and a fast-growing herb is garden cress. I like the peppery flavor and I add it to cheese, eggs and different toppings. Is so easy to grow all year around and you don’t even need soil to grow it. Just a container large enough in which you put a layer of cotton on the bottom and water it. Place the cress seeds on top an keep them moist. You can cover the container to conserve moisture but you will have to open the cover from time to time to aerate the plants.

Place the container in a warm place and in full light. After 24 hours you can see the seeds have swollen, taking up the moisture from the cotton.

cress seeds

After another 24 hours they will start to sprout.


After a week they are ready to be consumed as small greens. You can let them longer if you want or you can sow them in succession so you will have a constant supply. At this stage they can be consumed whole. If you let them grow bigger you can just cut some of them and let the other grow on. Growing them in just water there is no need to wash them.


You can also grow cress in pots or in your garden.

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