It’s Growing!

A few weeks ago I posted that I had planted some seeds. I don’t have very green fingers, and it’s a miracle if anything with leafs survives around here in this here. I have cats that like to nibble on plants and I almost always forget to give them water. So how did it end up with those seeds?

Alive and Growing

Almost all of the seeds are growing! Almost…

I had planted pansy’s, mint, chives, parsley, sweat peas and dahlias. The Mint isn’t doing anything, or it takes very long to pop up from under the soil. The Dahlias aren’t even trying. The Pansy’s, basil, parsley and sweat peas are doing great! Which is a miracle — really. I’ve placed the sweat peas outside, and covered them up the first week to keep it damp inside.

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The sweat peas are doing good.

The rest in the green house started growing after a week. The pansy’s popped out first (and through out the rest of the green house too. Not just where I planted them). Followed by parsley and chives.

And last weekend I bought flowers to give the balcony some colour. I got Pelargonium Grandiflorum (Franse geraniums) and African Violets (kaaps viooltjes). Because of the bad weather I had to wait a couple of days before I could put them in another flowerpot instead of the ugly plastic ones they come with. I hope they survive! (note: the violas are actually purple, and not blue. The camera has trouble with that color)

Carving Out A Pumpkin

It’s almost Halloween! And when I think of Halloween, I think about pumpkins! Here in Holland we –sadly– don’t celebrate Halloween that big as they do in America and other countries. But that didn’t stop me from carving out a pumpkin. I bought mine somewhere in the beginning of October, and last Friday I couldn’t wait anymore. So I took the pumpkin outside.

What You Need

  • Put on some old clothes (you might get dirty)
  • Newspaper (makes it easier to clean up the mess)
  • Knifes (in various sizes)
  • A spoon
  • A pen

Let’s get started

Actually, it’s very simple but it takes a bit of time and getting dirty!

  1. Cut a whole in the top with the knife, but don’t put the knife in straight, but lean the knife a bit to the side. This way the top that you cut out fits back on it, and if it crimps, it won’t fall into the pumpkin easily.
  2. Take out all the seeds and all the goo.
  3. Then start scraping. At least, that’s what I did. Until the inside of the pumpkin was even and that all the goo and anything is gone.
  4. Use the pencil to draw out the face
  5. Start cutting the face out. I suggest you cut outside the lines.
  6. I also used a tissue to take out some excess goo that was stuck to the inside of the pumpkin.
  7. When you’re done, put in a candle and voila!