02.02.2020 – what did it bring you?

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Today’s date is all about numbers, with 02.02.2020 being the palindrome that has not occurred in the last 900 years, and the sheer concept blows my mind away. It is a good day to be alive and be grateful to witness it in whatever small way. It is “just a date” many will claim, but so what if it is just another dreary February day, it is a unique number that will not easily be forgotten.

I honoured the day by multiplying my plants, uprooting, dividing and repotting. I challenged myself not to buy new plants or soil, but to instead propagate what I already have, follow my instincts and re-use the soil that I have in all the other pots. In short, I uprooted all the dead vegetables outside and some unfortunate other plants that didn’t make it through the Berlin winter. Lo and behold, I ended up with a small bowl of small potatoes, usable spring onions, and even a thriving garlic plant. The bigger surprise, however, turned out to be the paprika plants which I had trimmed back in November and given up for dead. There were actually seven viable plants which I re-planted after trimming them even further back.

The ZZ plant (aka welcome plant or Zanzibar plant) had been struggling for a while so I decided to have a go and divide it up. This is one plant I have never propagated, and all the tips about planting the leaves in soil is hogwash. Getting to the root of the matter is far more efficient, and I now have five new pots! I also split up two varieties of orchids and planted geranium cuttings. My conservatory is very happy to have so many plant babies again.

Much to my dismay, when I checked the Feng Shui lunar calendar, it had the nerve to tell me that today was not a good day to grow plants. Hrmpf. Well too late, I did my gardening and just have to hope for the best.

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