As a part of winter cleaning and as you know, I've been cleaning the terrace garden. Every day I've been repotting older containers. Pulling out plants, filling new soil mix, cleaning pots, and then replanting the plants. Cut the extra roots.
The citrus plants - orange and lemon - have tiny fruits. The seeds of spinach, cluster beans, tomato, and peas have sprouted. Today I thinned the fenugreek seedlings, and transferred eggplant seedlings to individual containers. The chilli plants too have different containers to grow in.
I visited the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Hebbal, and bought a few aromatic plants. The UAS sells sage, rosemary, thyme, and oregano plants for Rs. 10-20 each. Before you buy, ensure that the roots are well developed. Give a day or two before you transfer the plants to better containers.
I turned plastic disposable bottles in to plant holders, planted in them, and hung them all on our mango tree. Yes, our kittens got curious, surveyed the bottles and the plants, and then went away. Brownie was so excited that she hit one of the bottles hanging from the tree. I've warned her (with a "NO!") not to mess with the bottles. The cat and kittens love the plants and love to be with me while I work on the terrace.
Talking about our kittens, well, our cat, Kitty, is pregnant; she may litter in a few days or a week. I've been reading material from the Internet, asking friends who have cats about pregnancy and labor, and I'm freaking out thinking about my new future role of a midwife! Built Kitty a nesting box, told her that it's her box, and now, she sleeps inside it or is around it guarding from other kittens. I'm getting another box ready for her to keep her new born. As I type, my head is reeling; a lot of work to do.
|DIY Plastic Bottle Plant Holders|
How to convert plastic bottles in to plant holders? Take a clean disposable plastic bottle. Cut two portions below the neck of the bottle. Make holes at the lower part of the bottle using a thick needle. Put soil mix inside the bottle, and then plant. Tie a rope or thick wire around the neck of the bottle, and then hang the bottle on a tree or a hook in the roof/ceiling. Water only when the soil seems dry. For clear instructions, see the following sketch.
|Pregnant Kitty taking a nap|