Sunday, April 16

The tomato seedlings are now sex weeks old

The seedlings are coming along nicely. 

Their little leaves have already got that distinct tomatoe smell which is lovely. 

They'll be needing more soil and bigger pots soon. They won't grow as big as most tomatoes do since this is 'Tiny Tim'. The name says it all, doesn't it?

You're supposed to be able to grow them in the windowsill even. I plan to do just that, but I'll also put a couple of plants outdoors. It'll be interesting to observe if there'll be any difference in growth or otherwise.

Scarlet Runner Beans 3 weeks old

Three weeks ago, nine seeds were sown. The seedlings are now this big:

It's still too cold to put them outdoors, but hopefully they can be placed in the balcony in a couple of weeks.

They're eager to start climbing the rails, I think. But firstly, they need to be put in some larger pots with more soil.

Sunday, April 2

Digital detox is sorely needed

It's time for me to do some digital detox again. It's sorely needed, I'm afraid. In the last few weeks, I've spent far too much time on the Internet. I've been reading a lot of blogs, keeping myself up to date with the news too many times a day, searching for information about this and that, researching for bargains, watching many episodes of a tv-series, etc.

Thus, time spent being online has to be limited. The hours spent on the Internet has started to affect my sleep. In the last few days, I've gone to sleep too late and consequently has slept too little. Besides sleeping badly, the Internet distracts me from other things I could be doing instead. For example, I could be exercising more and reading books.

What to do then? In the past when I've done this, I've set a time at night when Internet is to be turned off, and I've abstained from Internet for one whole day now and then.

I'm thinking a similar approach might work this time too. The amount of time spent each day, should probably be limited aswell.

Starting tomorrow, I won't use the Internet at all in the mornings. This will give me a chance to have breakfast without distractions, so that I can prepare myself for the tasks ahead. Taking the time to calmly plan my day, will make me less stressed out  - I know this from experience. Furthermore,  I'll check my e-mails less frequently, read fewer blogs, read newspapers less often and search for information only if I really, really need to.

In the evenings, Internet will be turned off at nine o'clock at the latest. Next Sunday, I won't use the Internet at all.

We'll see how it goes.

Saturday, April 1

Growing Calendula officinalis in pots

I've become very into growing plants from seeds these days. It's a simple pleasure that I enjoy very much.

I sowed calendula seeds indoors eight days ago. Every single seed has started growing which makes me very pleased indeed!

They'll get bigger pots in a few weeks, and will then be moved outdoors to the balcony.
Hopefully, they'll get enough sun so they'll look like these in a couple of months:

I intend to use the flowers to make a calendula cream - that is if I get enough flowers to do that.
I like making my own creams, deodorants, exfoliating skin products, etc. Being able the grow one or two ingredients myself, makes it even more fun!

The flowers are edible, so maybe I'll use them as decorations in a salad. Wouldn't that be just lovely?

It would be nice to be able to pick a few flowers and put in a vase indoors as well.

I'm probably way too optimistic about the amount of flowers I'll get...;-) I don't even know yet if they'll thrive on my balcony or not. Anyway, I'd better plant some more seeds outdoors when the weather gets warmer.

My schlumbergera has gone bananas

It's spring and schlumbergeras are supposed to blossom in winter - usually around the month of november.

However, my schlumbergera seems to be somewhat confused about what month it is. Or maybe, it just doesn't care.

An update on my tiny tomato plants

'Tiny Tim' is doing well. I sowed nine seeds and everyone of them germinated!

All nine seedlings are growing slowly but steadily - they look sturdy although still tiny.

An update on my Scarlet Runner Beans

I expected the seeds to germinate in 10-20 days because that's what it said on the back of the little bag.

I must have been lucky, because it only took four or five days until they looked like this: