Good whatever-time-of-day-you-are-reading-this! It is morning for me as I write this, and my day is turning into yet another day of boring unpredictability. As in, my physical health is yo-yo-ing up and down since last night, so my plans of going to Trader Joe’s and then somewhere to pick up some more pots and potting soil is thwarted for now. We have painters coming again today so my window to go out is small, and my decision to actually drink coffee again today tipped the scale toward “bad” more than “good” it seems.
Coffee is a hard one for me. If I don’t have it, I will get migraines and sometimes even my stomach feels like it gets clogged up. Then other times, when I do have it, I’ll get super jittery (even when I make it weak), my nerves start firing off, and the muscles and such in my digestive system go a little wonky. I asked one of my doctors a few years back about whether or not to stay away from it completely, and after he had me stop cold turkey for a few weeks he realized I was actually worse off without it than with it. However, some days it just goes BANG and makes it feel like my insides want to explode out of my body. (I hope you aren’t reading this while eating or drinking your own coffee.)
I have enough grub to get us by (just won’t be able to make eggs for Alan tomorrow), but the planting is a whole different beast. I NEED to get planters and soil. I have some soil but nowhere near enough, and I have a bag of plants the painters trampled and pulled up from our front garden to contend to before they die completely. I know I can save them but it is imperative I get them in a safe environment right quick. I also have an avocado seed, some orange seeds, and some sapote seeds I need to get taken care of – especially in the case of the avocado which is already rooting in the little dish of water I have it suspended above. So what to do?
Epiphany! I also have a ton of recycling (okay, just two TJ’s paper bags full) to bring out to the bin but I can reduce it in half AND solve my problem by taking out the various plastic soda and water bottles, cutting them in twain, and turning them into cool little planters that also make it easier for said plants to drain. There’s also a Keurig at the condo which produces much plastic waste, but the K-Cups are the perfect size for sprouting seedlings! (We generally use re-usable baskets but the Sam’s Club faerie showed up with an 80 K-Cup pack of Newman’s Own.) Plus, coffee grounds are great to mix into soil so win-win!
Maybe my plans don’t have to be entirely changed after all… though Florida isn’t so much like the woods we had behind our place in Connecticut in that I could go out there under trees and my compost piles to find gorgeous soil to dig up and use. I mean, I suppose I could strap on some waders and travel into the swamp for some of that beautiful everglades soil but aside from environmental (and python) concerns I think if I could actually muster up the energy/strength/health to do that I could definitely make it to the garden supply store.
I’ll post pictures later, but not sure if I’ll do a how-to since I saw this years ago online somewhere so I don’t know if the internet needs another one. Plus, the bottle trick I think I also learned in Elementary School (way back in the 1980s, before THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT could tell us how to do such things) but it was more for making bird feeders than planters.