June 4, 2013

Indoor Plants.

Being from New York and being.. well.. human, I have an affinity for being surrounded by green. Unfortunately, being enveloped by lots of brown buildings and one sidewalk tree doesn't quite cut it. In a study by NASA, it is recommended that you have one potted plant per 100 square feet of home. Okay for most of us in NYC that means 4 plants max, but they also list the plants that are the most effective at filtering benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroetylene.  As an attempt to wake up to green every morning I created a window garden of sorts. Some ferns, some succulents, and an avocado tree. A WHAT!? Yes. I traded an awesome man with a cart full of cuttings for a jar of my homemade ginger beer (recipe to come) last December. It was a lovely young sprouted seed with twelve small leaves and has grown SO much since then I had to give it a pot of its own! So today, spending only $20 and armed with some home-cold-brewed iced coffee, I replanted a bunch of things, bought two new pots, soil, AND a new succulent for my windowsill. Ahhhhhhhhhh.

The tools: Organic Potting Mix, Organic Cactus Mix, 2 new pots, new cactus, gloves (I use fair-trade dishwashing gloves), and a shovel (I used a grapefruit spoon that I got today at Goodwill for 49 cents).
Step 1: Put new pot, cactus, and soil in the sink to prevent a giant mess & to catch any extra soil to reuse
Step 2: Fill new pot 1/3 of the way with soil
Step 3: Put cactus in and fill in with soil leaving about 1 inch on the top
Repeat with second plant
I separated my avocado from my coleus and sunflowers
The view I wake up to every morning!


  1. What did you do with the plastic bags the soil/fertilizer came in?

  2. I was wondering the same thing!

  3. She reuses the bags to hold her discarded compostable food scraps and stores them in her freezer! See previous post: http://www.trashisfortossers.com/2013/06/composting-in-city.html

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