Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Day 167

Posted: March 29, 2014 in A photo a day
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I just went ahead and created a DIY tag. Ahahahhahh! Hah.
I’ve been meaning to grow fresh herbs in my kitchen for a while. Unfortunately, there is a constant lack of space and natural light in my apartment and they basically never coincide. I’m not a big fan of Pinterest (I know, I know…) but it introduced me to vertical gardens. So I went to the hardware store and bought seeds, soil, two metal chains (whoever thought a self-service metal-chain cutting station was a good idea?), little pots with handles, and a few metal hooks. (Apparently, they’re called butcher hooks? Ahum.)
The chains are not mounted in any way but merely lie on top of the cabinet, so the weight of the pots balance each other out. My attempts at hanging two pots simultaneously had a certain slapstick quality.

What do we have here? Left are the shade-loving balm mint, peppermint (which I had to buy as a whole plant), cilantro (YAY!), and wild garlic. On the right are basil, chives, parsley, and rosemary. I’m really curious how they’ll do.

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Day 165

Posted: March 29, 2014 in A photo a day
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I mentioned yesterday that I try to avoid going through the city by bike. Too many people and tram rails are just two tiny reasons for this. The best reason is this amazing park that lies between work and my place. When I tell people where I live in Potsdam (“West of the Havel, city center”) I usually forget to mention that I live right next to Sansscouci Park. It’s soooo beautiful! (Unfortunately the park closes by sunset (and it’s not really clear to anyone when exactly that is) and if you’re not out by then, you might be able to climb the fence… but what about your bike? So I only ever go through here in the morning and if I leave work at a reasonable hour. I can’t wait for summer!)

Day 162

Posted: March 17, 2014 in A photo a day
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I found this waiting for me on my desk when I returned to work. :)

Day 115

Posted: February 7, 2014 in A photo a day
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Almost a year ago, my then-office mate suggested we should try and grow an avocado plant. How she came up with this idea, I’ll never know. I’m not sure had ever had avocado before (it’s really not a thing in mainland Europe, I think). Browsing through the web for tips, I realized that this is kind of a thing for elementary schoolers in the US? Interesting! In Germany, we usually grow watercress in science class.
Let me tell you, I failed miserably at this whole toothpick-pit construction business. I got another chance when I was given a pit that had started sprouting in a worm bin (because, of course, following the rules will kill the seed but leaving it undisturbed (except for some worms feeding off it) will work).
Of course, the plant moved to Potsdam with me where it’s now enjoying a lot of light (if not sun) next to my balcony door. I’m looking forward to better weather to give it the sun and air it craves. I haven’t spent a summer here, so I don’t know about the temperatures, but I’m guessing it’s not warm enough for it to ever produce avocados. (Also, I don’t know a whole lot about biology, so there’s that.)

Day 57

Posted: December 2, 2013 in A photo a day
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I don’t talk about religion much (here and elsewhere) and it doesn’t play a major role in my life, but I do observe a number of Protestant holidays. The Sunday before Advent marks the last day of the Christian calendar year. It’s a German holiday mourning the dead. Had I been home, I would have gone to the cemetery to visit my grandparents. Technically, you are not supposed to put up Christmas decorations before said Sunday. It made me somewhat happy that my city decided not to open the Christmas market before Monday.

First thing in the morning, I started decorating my Christmas… ficus. What can I say, I just love Christmas. :)

Day 3

Posted: October 4, 2013 in A photo a day
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Remember the beautiful/terrible wardrobe I mentioned yesterday? You may have guessed which one I was referring to. I love IKEA (and, spoiler, the looks of the finished product) but putting it up took 1.5 days and three sets of hands. Since I don’t own a spirit level (new word of the day, thank you, wikipedia! Raise your hand if you use wikipedia as a dictionary!), we used a wrench as a plumb bob to make sure that the wardrobe is somewhat level.
In the back, you see my avocado baby toddler, which has increased considerably in size since its birth in May 2013.