I’ve been tied to the computer getting work done and haven’t had a chance to get my hands dirty the past few days. Today was the first day I’ve been able to come up for air but it rained all day. I don’t want to say I hate rain with it being God’s handiwork and all, but rain and cold give me the blues. It was 90+ yesterday, one of the hottest days of the year, and today it felt like 60.
Someone recently bought the corner building near us and brought in a ton of plants, everything from sod to full grown trees. It looks really, really nice. I asked the landscaper for the empty pots, and he was nice enough to save a bunch of them for me (thank you, thank you, thank you). I’m using them to divide my perennials now so that I’ll have extra plants next spring.
It did okay this year, but for the last two years the leaves were twice as big as they are this year This year they didn’t get close to the top of the fence, and in 2006 it grew higher than the top of the fence.
The biggest difference is that I used Miracle Grow then and just water this year, not even any compost. The elephant ear seems to like massive amounts of water. Makes sense since it can be used as a pond plant. This year the bulb went out a little later than usual which might also account for the smaller size. I’m sure if we had a longer growing season it would get bigger. In the warmer climates they can be kept outside all year around. Here we have to dig them up and store them before the bulb freezes. A pain, but you’re rewarded with baby bulbs.
There were about seven baby bulbs from last year. I only kept this one and I gave away the others to my co-FreeCyclers. I asked the guy that I gave the biggest bulb to send me a picture this month. Hope he remembers.
I can’t say enough good things about FreeCycle. I love finding a bargain, and the best bargain is no cost, free, zip, nada, gratis, bubkis…you get the idea.
Plus it’s a green thing. You keep perfectly good stuff out of the landfill., and people give away a little of everything from dishes to dish washers. I’ve given away and received lots of plants. I like to feel there’s a little me scattered all over the city. I even got dirt, but that was through Craigslist, which is also good. Love it, love it, love it.
If there comes a time when you can’t palm off your extra plants to your friends and neighbors, try giving them away through these organizations.