When Amy (not her name) moved out of our rental property recently, she left hardly a trace of her habitation behind. Oven, floors, closets, refrigerator - all spotless! Full refund of security deposit was sent promptly! But, on the deck, Amy left two bushels of dirt. And this is a good thing! Because that dirt happened to be Stern's Miracle Gro Potting Mix. The bags were broken, but I salvaged the potting mix in buckets.
Here's Syd helping to check in the consignment - only one tongue and so much to do!I assembled my entire "family" of plants and planters, and re-potted the whole works. It was such a sunny and pleasant day, and the moist fragrant potting soil and the verdant smell of plant roots took me back to a simpler more carefree time in my life, when I raised African Violets in the basement (an adventure that came to a tragic end, involving neighbors, bikers, drunkenness and doors left open at 3am on a winter morning... - I will explain in more detail some other time.)
I arranged the suspects smallest to largest, based on space requirements. And I transplanted each into its proper-sized container, ever larger pots. The Spathes were so abundant that I divided them into three separate groups. Fernanda, my favorite fern (second from the right ) has grown to twice the size she was after she recovered from an over-zealous pruning job by Syd. He couldn't remember where the plant started and the salad stopped.
There was some leftover potting mix, so I yielded to temptation and got some additional fern varieties at the garden center the other day...
Back to the Garden! It's going to be a long cold winter.
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