A have a bit of a green thumb these days, ever since I posted about decorating your desk at the office or at home! I was inspired to bring life into my life in a way other than having a baby. I have always eyed out the plants at Plum Market, and on the eve of my 24th Birthday I thought why not just buy one already. I unknowingly purchased an Aloe Plant – which has so many uses you wouldn’t believe. YES this is where the Aloe comes from to help your sun burns, if you break off a branch of your Aloe plant, you can keep it organic and not buy some weird goo from the drug store.
Meanwhile, I have been keeping this little cactus plant on my desk since the end of April 2013, a resident of my building where I work gave it to me as a gift that he brought from home in Arizona. My desk isn’t the closest one to the window, so I deprived this cactus from proper sunlight for about a full year, it looked weak. My new co-worker has an extraordinary green thumb, and advised me on how to bring it back to life, the first step being put it by the window! DUH – cacti are from the desert where it is hot as balls and filled with sunshine.
I began to feel a need for more plants and more oxygen – I traveled down to the Eastern Market in Detroit with 2 friends and we traveled from Shed to Shed ( IF YOU HAVEN”T BEEN YOU GOTTA GO …. on a SATURDAY!) Walking and walking, kind feels like you are a cow in a heard with all the people down there, we found ourselves “starstruck” by the GIANT SHiNOLA watch hanging from the ceiling, as it matched exactly to the one on my friends wrist. Conveniently this was in front of a plant booth – and I found my perfect little plant that I have NO idea what it is, but that I like its looks – I instantly purchased it for $2.25 ….. pocket change.
I was so excited by something so small, I carried around for the rest of the afternoon in a small paper bag as this little plant including the pot is smaller than my hand.
I re-visited the Eastern Market two Saturdays later to buy 2 more cute little plants, I will have to post photos of them later when I transfer them into more fabulous pots.
The other day I was noticing my Aloe plant was lookin’ not so haute and I showed it to my green thumb co-worker. He said that it had a big sprout popping out the top, but its tentacles were looking slim and crispy. Therefore, it was time to upgrade its home !! We walked over to the Downtown Home & Garden shop on S. Ashley in Ann Arbor. Here I found a lovely blue pot – that went along with the cacti theme & its just my favorite color. He instructed me to purchase Organic Cactus Mix aka soil bag of stuff to re-pot my plant, because in a bigger home obviously would need more and fresh soil. The bag of soil was $3.99 – pretty cheap and it can assist in all of my 5 plants getting a new home !!
You have to fill the bottom of you pot with rocks, to help with drainage of the water that you pour in once a week for your plant. I conveniently got these from the ground outside. FREE ! wahoo! Apparently, cacti family plants like to have their soil patted down firmly to them. My Aloe plant used to live in the Photo’d cactus plant’s new home. It was easy to upgrade both of their homes. I can’t wait to upgrade my other 3 plants to their new homes once I find a fabulous pot for them.
Added benefits of having plants in your home is that they are eating up all your CO2 and pumping out Oxygen. This is a great thing for yourself !!
Breathe in the light around you and breathe out the darkness inside of you ❤