A Frabjous Day

(You might want to read part 1 and part 2 of the cork planter experiment, since this sort of starts in the middle!)
A solution found...
Something to crow about!

While it's not good blog etiquette to elaborate upon, believe me when I tell you: my world has a healthy share of Jabberwocks, Jubjub Birds, and Bandersnatches, doesn't yours? 

The last year or so it seems like much of my energy each day (and night!) is poured into taking deep, calming breaths; focusing on "whatever;" and  reassuring myself that no matter what craziness comes my way, IT IS ALL PART OF THE PLAN. (I recently made this for my kitchen. Feel free to print a copy for yours.)

I admit, it makes me ridiculously happy when--after standing a while in thought--I can go gallumphing back because I've enjoyed some little crafting or cooking triumph. 

Today I'm calloohing about Part 3 in the Great Cork Planter Experiment (part 2 here)!

In the last episode, I ended up with four questions:
  1. Do I have to use my expensive little super magnets, or can I used of some of my lifetime supply of  cheap-o strip magnets?
  2. Does hot glue work as well as E-6000?
  3. Does pulverizing the Soil Moist help prevent "blowouts" upon watering the succulents?
  4. Does the addition of Soil Moist help extend the life of the plants over the two weeks they lasted last time?
I have not one but THREE little crafty triumphs to share today. Callooh! Callay!

1. I'm happy to report that the cheap-o magnet strip DOES work. (That means I can save the expensive super magnets for my Scrabble magnet message board if I ever get around to finishing it!) I even pretended to be a teenager and slammed the fridge door a few times to see if it'd go flying. Nope. Stayed right there. 

In an interesting twist, I noticed that the corks with the super magnets seem to SNAP! violently to the fridge. The little rock that had been mixed in with the moss flipped out more than once when I did this. Not so with the magnet strip. So, in addition to being inexpensive, it might actually be the better choice just because. (Sometimes more isn't better, it's just more.)

2. Hot glue works fine. 'Nuff said. I even applied a little to a rock that was on the moss when I transplanted it, and it is unobtrusively holding it in place. (Bonus: it was fast, which is always good.)

3.  Pulverizing Soil Moist isn't easy (man, that is HARD stuff!), but it's worthwhile. I didn't want to ruin my food processor or blender, so I went with my meat mallet and a zipper bag. It took several HARD whacks to break three small pieces up in to the smaller pieces you may or may not be able to see below.

I added four tiny pieces to half a teaspoon of potting soil, 
and that was plenty to fill this little sideways cork planter
once the plant and its roots were added. 
(Look closely, see the crystals?)

Being watered...

And later, when the crystals were probably at their full size.
No evidence of a blowout. Yay!

Verdict: Smaller is better. Either choose the smallest granules you can find in your bag, or break a few somehow. (ETA: Thanks to dietpopstar's comment below, I'll now be trying a new method with these things. More experimentation...Yay!)

I think all that remains is to see whether the plants live longer and healthier lives with the addition of Soil Moist than the first batch . (For the record, I removed the original plants after 14 days so they didn't actually die, and anything longer than that will be "longer" in my book.)

Don't mind me if I'm over here chortling in my joy over something so small.

I'll take my victories--however insignificant--wherever I can find them.


dietpopstar said...

I am really interested to see how this goes for you - I've been obsessing about this craft for MONTHS now...my liver hates me because I've used it as an excuse to have wine with almost every dinner...but one thing I wanted to mention was about the water granules.

I do a lot of "moss graffiti" and what I've used as a watering agent for that are the water marbles. The great big fat round ones you can get for a buck at the Dollar Tree - they're usually put in vases for fake flowers? Anyway, I soak them to full saturation, give them a whip up in the blender and am left with a slurry of sorts that's accurate to the maximum size they'll ever get. It mixes really well with the soil and is easier than dealing with the dry crystals - zero chance of blow-out.

Anyway, just my two cents - can't wait to see part 4!

humofdelicious said...

Oh, my, your poor liver! Maybe a few friends, a local bar, or one of the bring-your-own-wine painting places could save some for you!

Thank you so much for the idea! (And I've been wanting to try moss graffiti, too. Got tips?!) I saw those things at Dollar Tree a few weeks ago and ever so briefly wondered what the heck they were. I LOVE that they're cheap...can't wait to grab some and try them. I wonder if supersaturated Soil Moist would blend, too? I might try it, since I already have some, but I don't think I'll be buying any more, now that I know there's a less expensive alternative.

Thank you!

Dineen said...

Thank you for the "Whatever it is" print. I need that on my refrigerator more than the baby succulents I've been harvesting from my neighbor.

Minou Barton said...

Mmmeeeee, too! It's too easy for me to focus on the problem instead of the Provider, letting circumstance steal my joy (which then saps my strength). Hope it's a good reminder to us both!

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