Although I'm hopeful that the temperatures will pop back up to close to the 70° average before getting permanently cold, the advisory was a wake-up call to get the house plants inside. Most of them are tropicals that summer outside on the deck, and they do not take kindly to chills.
I tackled the project today. Unlike two years ago, this time there were no living surprises in the pots. Most everything made it to a permanent winter home (except for the pots of mother-in-law tongue and ginger, which are temporarily in the master bathtub). I ran out of time and energy before I got around to the pots of herbs, but I shoved them up against the house. They should be fine
Every spring I divide the plants, so every fall I end up with extras. This year that included several spider plants--a hanging basket, a six inch pot, and a small pot of plantlets that fell off the main plant today that got potted up. There was also a philodendron that went to town outside, growing stems that were easily three feet long.
What to do with them? I had planned on donating everything to the church's Fall Festival Country Store, but this year they didn't have that booth. The cats would nibble on the plants if I left them around the house (and then get sick), so I needed to get them out of the house. This afternoon I offered everything up to my Facebook friends. If there are no takers, tomorrow I'll post them on Freecycle. Based on past experience they should get snapped up.
|Free to a good home|
I love the idea of Freecycle. I wish we had them here.ReplyDelete
We also have other 'swap' groups. Maybe look into that?Delete
That's a great way to pass on what you can't use.ReplyDelete
Now all I need is to find someone who wants to pass on some plastic hanging baskets they're getting rid of so I can repeat the process next year!Delete
I'd snap a couple up if I lived closer! Getting cold here too. When I trapped last Sunday, the neighbors said "dress warm, it froze up here last night". Sure enough, frostlines everywhere and thawing frost dripping from roof tops.ReplyDelete
I wish you were closer, too!Delete
I always plant my herbs in alphabetical order. People ask me where I find the time. It’s there next to the sage.ReplyDelete
This is the best response ever!Delete
Darn! Wish I was in MO! I'd love a few baby spiders (and NOT the 8 legged kind that I always seem to have plenty of).ReplyDelete
I wish you were, too. When all was said and done I ended up with several more plantlets that are now potted up and wintering on the window seat in the kitchen.Delete