Saturday, August 07, 2010

Rocks from Baikal

I brought rocks back from Lake Baikal, Siberia. Lake Baikal is the length of California and is the deepest lake in the world. Anyhow, the rocks have done nothing but sit in a bag, packed away in a box for the past 8 years. I decided to put them in a fish bowl I had laying around. The colors of the rocks don't show when dry, so I added water. Having a fish bowl with only rocks and water sitting in my livingroom seemed weird, so I got a Betta and put him in the bowl. The Betta dug down and trapped himself under the rocks, shredding some of his fins and cutting his head. So I took the biggest rocks out. The Betta did it again, this time shredding his tail fin completely down to his tail scales. So, I took out the medium rocks, added fake plants, & a ceramic thing for the Betta to hide in. The Betta did it again, cutting his right gill & shredding what was left of his fins. So, I took out the remaining Baikal rocks, & added gravel. Now all my rocks from Lake Baikal are in a bag, packed away in a box.

Fred the Betta, whose fins are growing back more quickly than anticipated. Fred the Fish RIP 31 Aug 2012

Saturday, June 12, 2010


After a foray into edible container gardening, I discovered that plants thrive in my apartment. I found this to be quite delightful as I hadn't had much previous success growing anything. My mind quickly reflected on the miniture succulant gardens I'd seen dappled around Humboldt in little boutiques and at farmers markets. I decided to try to create one of my own. I was most enamored with the gardens that had lots of different plants, but they went for as much as $50 or $60. Ah, no. Besides, why should someone else have all the fun?

I purchased 8 mini succulants at the Arcata Farmers Market for $1.50 each. I bought from two different venders; but most came from a woman who gave me planting instructions. I asked if the plants needed any special soil. "No," she said," Just make sure the soil is real dry before transplanting. They like sun." And that was the end of my instructions.

The day I bought the plants, I found 2 perfect cermaic pots in a thrift store. The green was $6 & brown was $3.

Close-up of succulants.

I threw some rocks in the green pot for drainage.

Dirty job. Mom never would have let me do this on the kitchen table= extra fun. These plants were very delicate. I kept braking their their leaves & roots. I plan to leave them well alone for a while in hopes of giving them a chance to regenerate leafage and acclimate to their new home.

Little water.

My finished mini succulant garden, may it grow well. This windowsill is in my livingroom and it's where I envisioned keeping my succulants, however, this is also my cat's favorite. At this window, her nose prints mark the glass and she is often found sunning herself or keeping watch. I will see how cat responds to intruding foliage before deciding if relocation is warranted.

Succulants in the Sunset.


Other Recent Planting Adventures:

My 'dwarf' cherry tomato plant that was
to grow between 2'- 3' high.

Little container herb garden: chive, basil, rosemary, dill, & spearmint.

I love this delicate fern... always have. Its grown outside my parents' front doors for as long as I can remember.

Handmade birdcage-turned-cat tree topped with a teacup full of catnip.

Monday, February 15, 2010