something new

This holiday weekend I tackled 2 firsts: making waffles and potting plants!


Table set for brunch, right before the waffles were served!

Table set for brunch, right before the waffles were served!


Any of you who know me know that I tend to stay far away from trying to keep plants alive. I’ve tried and failed too many times to count, and I finally accepted that it just wasn’t my thing. After several months in San Diego, I began to wonder about succulents… And then when a lovely friend gifted us with 2 painted pots, I decided it was time to give it another go!

My raw materials

My raw materials


Step 1 — Fill the bottom of the pot with broken shards, about 1 inch deep. Predictably, this part was pretty simple… On an entirely unrelated note, I was very good at it…


Step 2 — Pour in the Cactus Mix soil (different plants like different kinds of soil — I used E.B. Stone Naturals Cactus Mix). I also excelled at this part, which may have actually been easier than Step 1…


Step 3 — Plant the plants. Literally, just trim the stems to a desired length (long enough to anchor the plant until the roots take hold) and poke them into the soil. Marginally more difficult than steps 1&2


Step 4 (not pictured, but say hello to Jasmine from last week!) — feed your new Buds with water and fertilizer. I used a mixture from California Cactus Center.


Step 5 — Step back and admire your handiwork!

So overall, the planting experience was quite easy. But now the hard part begins: keeping them alive… Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!


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