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Guide to growing succulents indoors

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This weeks #WeekRead no. 5 also comes from one of my favorite blogs. If you haven’t read the previous 4 #WeekRead posts click here. To sum up the principles of the weekly #WeekRead, every other Friday evening I link to a piece of content from either another blog or news site which I find extremely interesting or useful. The only rule is, it should be an easy to read, digestible article that can be read in 5 minutes. That way, when you enjoy that first cup of coffee tomorrow morning (you might even do some morning pinning?) you can read the #WeekRead easy while waking up.

So let’s get to this weeks read. You have probably guessed it already. Yup, it’s about growing succulents. For those of you that have been following me for the last 6 months, you know how obsessed I am with succulents. It all started in San Francisco last year in October. Damn they do amazing succulent terrariums in San Fran. That city sure has the right conditions for growing succulents as well. So what to do when you live in a basement apartment in the middle of grey London? It’s not exactly widespread sun rays that hit my windowsill, I have to say. Well, click on this link to go to the best garden site online Gardenista, and read this article. So very very useful if you like me are obsessed with growing succulents indoors. You will find a lot of information in this article. For example, did you know that the greener a succulent is the better it is for indoor use? Also, indoor succulents need space around them, so don’t overcrowd the pot. They need as much light as they can get, given that they are indoor and susceptible for less direct sunlight. There you go – now go fetch that brilliant article. And have a nice weekend!

How-To: Planting succulents

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Last weekend I was working all Saturday, and have been putting a lot of hours at work in general that week. Sunday however, was a total bliss. The work I had going on that day was fulfilling work in my garden. When setting up for the blog post about my collection of succulents, I thought I would show you how I’m planting succulents in pots.

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1. Be creative
I think succulents are so interesting to look at. They can be so many shapes and colors, it almost demands a nice pot and a little creativity to support the plant. My point is, be creative with the pot. I found the facetted white pots at a local japanese design shop. They are from Bloomingville. I think they fits the succulents perfectly.

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2. Watch the pot
So once you have chosen your pot, you need to make sure it has drainage, so it can transfer the water away from the roots. If your pot does not have a hole in bottom of the pot and a “saucer” then you need to create drainage in the pot. Put some pebbles or potsherds in the bottom before you fill it up with soil. This will create some “air layers” in the bottom so the excess water can evaporate and the risk of rotting roots as well.

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3. Fill it up
With soil. I’m sure that there is succulent specific soil, but I’m using a compost-based soil. So far that works for me and the plants. Remove the excess soil from the succulents roots and plant it neatly into the pot. For an indoor installment make sure it has plenty of lights. Voila!

The indoor garden: Succulents

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This is my recent obsession: succulents. I love them. Full stop. I have a childhood memory of my mum giving me and my brother succulents in nice pots for our rooms, I think mainly because they are so easy to care for and look after, and need a minimum of water. This way we had the best precondition for managing a real living plant in our teenage rooms. Needless to say, succulents was the last thing I had on my mind, and I surely did not appreciate them. Wow, was I mistaken.

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Now, as you can see, I have a small collection of succulents and cacti. I’m not entirely sure of how to care for my cacti, and watering is happening when they look particular dry, so I’m still to learn how to understand that species.

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My succulents on the other hand, I have some knowledge about. Succulents storage water in their leaves unlike cacti who stores it in their stem. This is why you can propagate new succulents just by cutting of the leaves of the “mother plant”, as they will form roots (and will have water to do so) if treated properly. They need plenty of light, and are happy to be outside during the summer – who doesn’t? However, these plants are also suitable for the indoor garden especially if you have a sunny window sill.

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I’m still to learn a lot in this area, but are hoping that increasing my collection will result in greater knowledge and experience. If you have any experience in the field, please by all means share your best tips in the comment field below.

How to shop at farmers markets – only smarter!

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It’s Friday again and in 10 hours or so you can enjoy a blissful Saturday morning sipping that cup of coffee, reading the second Plot & Pantry #WeekRead. And this one is equally as interesting and will only take 5 minutes to read. Yes, luckily I did not break my own rules just yet.

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Let’s get to it. First of all, just for a sec, pretend it’s Saturday, not your normally tipsy Friday. Have you gone to your local farmers market yet? Before you do, read this 7 point guide on how to shop at farmers markets. It’s the delightful Modern Farmer, who I’m linking to today and it’s a really interesting read, I can assure you. Did you know that your carrots, beets and radishes will last longer if you leave the greens on top? So next time your local farmer asks if he or she should cut off the green top for you, what do you say? No. (Unfortunately, I need to have my greens cut, as I have the tiniest fridge on the planet). Also, Modern Farmer is suggesting that we keep a sense of skepticism when going, instead of falling head over heels in love and be carried away ending up buying stuff we don’t need or that is actually not a better healthier choice.

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Read the other great tips right here, and start shopping smarter at the farmers’ market.. This is really one of my favorite sites, so it could happen that you would like it as well and hang around for more than just 5 minutes? And did you know that you can buy a magazine as well? Go fetch that wallet! It’s equally as awesome, and no, no one is paying me to say that, this is a genuine non-commercial tip for you. Hope you have a good time there.

Btw, the images are from October last year, when my fiance and I went to California on a small road trip, and we just loooooved it! Guess where our honeymoon will take us?

For my other #WeekReads, where I link to digestible 5 minutes articles click here for:
#WeekRead no. 1
#WeekRead no. 3.
#WeekRead no. 4
#WeekRead no. 5