While it’s not quite as bushy and full as the Chia on the box, my elephant is doing well.
In less than a week it has grown quite a bit. Thinking about the Chia commercials reminded me of another product that looked really great to me when I was younger: The Clapper! Looking it up on Amazon I’m glad to see that it now comes “with clap detection lights.” How frustrating it must have been to keep clapping and clapping without knowing if the Clapper was actually detecting your claps! Something as fancy as that might have to wait for my birthday.
When I was young I watched a lot of tv, and therefore, a lot of commercials. Apparently the adds for a Chia Pet were especially effective, because I’ve always wanted one. I finally got one last week, and soaked it up to see how it would do.After only a day or two the seeds have already begun to sprout! This kind of plant might be better suited for me than real gardening, but I’ll have to update to see if it keeps growing.
Looking on Amazon I’m amazed at all the varieties of Chias. They’ve got everything from Spongebob and Scooby-doo to Barack Obama! Now who wouldn’t want that?!
All our plants were doing great in their greenhouse. Everything sprouted faster than expected and they were getting tall, until they seemed a little too tall. I think “leggy” is the proper term; they were getting leggy and some seemed to stop thriving. We thought they may be getting overcrowded so we moved them outside to give them space and fresh air. But they also got some cold weather. We covered them twice when the weatherman predicted near freezing temperatures, and they didn’t seem any worse off. However, they haven’t really begun to thrive again like we hoped they would. Most of the cucumber, watermelon, and tomatoes that were doing great have completely died. The box with the herbs is the only one that seems to be fine, although they’re still pretty small.
The beans were the only ones in the other box that kept getting bigger, so we planted a bunch more beans and they’re the best plants we’ve got!
Big garden box
Hopefully they’ll continue doing well. We planted a bunch more seeds of all our plants, but if they’re not coming up in the next week or two we may have to give up and go buy plants from the store.
I don’t plan to blog much about politics or news, but the story of the bombing at the Boston marathon has me a bit shaken up. I run from time to time, although I’ve never attempted a full marathon, and a close relative of mine ran the Boston marathon just last year. She could have been seriously hurt or killed had she waited just one more year.
Also disturbing is the senseless of it all. The media talks in circles trying to figure out WHY the bombers did it and what could have been done to stop it. Initial accounts seem to pin it on the domineering older brother, with close friends describing the younger brother as a typical bright kid with a future. He’s only 19! People all over the place are calling for his death, but I can’t get it out of my head that he’s just a kid. Until I remember that he was the one with the smile. The videos of the brothers at the marathon before the bombs when off show them walking through the crowds and it’s the younger brother who looks relaxed and has a smile on his face. He’s the one who returned to school the next day and acted like nothing was different. He’s the one who even went to a party the next night! Unbelievable. I’m certainly glad I don’t have to be involved in figuring out what to do with the guy.
My heart goes out to the victims and their families.
Right off Wikipedia:“Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.”
Whether you want to save the world from climate change or just enjoy a little gardening, it’s a great day to be grateful for our Earth!
I’ve been in a few hail storms, but I’ve never experienced one quite like the one we had last week. I was sitting by the window when rain started coming down pretty heavily. Within a few minutes I heard loud bangs against the doors and windows. I looked outside and it was mostly raining, but here and there were huge chunks of ice falling from the sky. When they hit against the window I thought they might break it. The storm moved through quickly, so I had the kids go out and grab a few pieces of ice. By the time I found the camera to take a picture they had already melted a bit in the kids hands, but as you can see some were still larger than a quarter!I’ve never seen anything like it, and wouldn’t mind not seeing it in the future. We lucked out this time but I know some guys who need to repair their roofs or who got dents in their cars from the storm.
We’ve had some really nice weather, so to prepare to move our plants outside we set up a new raised garden box. We got ours from Sam’s Club, but Amazon has some different options to choose from. We already have two boxes we made last year from regular wood, but these are made from plastic so they’ll last forever and we can take them with us if we ever move. Now they just need some dirt and plants!