Ah, 36 years, single digit temps and SUN – I never get sunshine on my birthday…
Errands today provided several surprises. Trader Joe’s had Meyer Lemons! I grabbed some to make some Meyer Lemon curd here at home. I also got a small package of dark chocolate covered dried cherries. yum!!
The in-laws are coming to visit on the ‘morrow and hubby requested I make a brisket to eat. Brisket, smashed potatoes, asparagus, and chocolate mousse pie (little mini-pies; I won’t be eating these as the dairy is on the ‘no eat’ list but everyone else likes them.)
I finally got my little Meyer Lemon tree transferred into its new home, a Deep Water Culture (DWC) hydroponic bucket. Finally. Using a 5 gallon bucket, large air stone, airpump (using one I had), 6″wide-lipped netpot for topping buckets, Citrus minerals, and of course the tree (which btw has decided to flower – the smell of citrus blooms is truly intoxicating).
I washed as much dirt and substrate from the roots that I could. The rootball seemed to be rather bound up, so I wasn’t able to remove all of it. I pressed it gently into the netpot, of which it filled pretty thoroughly, and then covered the top of the root ball with rinsed hydroton to keep the roots covered. Now to see how things progress. I expect new roots to show within a week or 10 days. I expect it is going to be very, VERY happy in its new home.
I also found my orchid, a large-white flowering Phalenopsis (Moth Orchid, also recently more commonly referred to as a ‘just add ice’ orchid), has a spike!! I’m going to have flowers to my great pleasure and extreme excitement. won’t see them for at least a month, but I’m so excited to see I’m doing something right with it – well it has been growing and has so many new roots that I know I’m doing something right, but to be rewarded with a spike is the ultimate confirmation.
The few seeds that I started this year have begun to sprout. I anticipate getting some foam board from the hardware and setting up netpots in my 75 gallon tanks, adding lights and growing lettuce, cabbage/choi, and herbs in the house under lights.
Not much else is happening, new ham babies were born last night, second litter of seven! This litter is very vocal, and has been squeaking up a storm. This is the pair’s fourth litter. I have only been able to sell two so far, will be on the phone with the pet shop Monday to arrange this latest litter’s sale.
My latest knitting project, another Estonian lace “Queen Silvia” shawl/wrap is on the needles and progressing quickly. It is stunning, the yarn by KnitPicks is a merino/silk blend and a dream to work with, I will be ordering more of it for future projects needing fingering and/or lace weight yarn.