The Canny Gardener

how to grow, cook and use plants, plus some philosophy!

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look before you throw




My last post was titled ‘Resilient Mint’.  Now I am amazed by houseplants as well.  What you see above is a so-called ‘Jade Money plant (Crassula Ovata)’ which I thought was fine and alive.  I watered it daily, never looking to see how it was doing.  When I took it out to re-pot couple of days ago, I was absolutely amazed to see that the stem was not attached to the root at all.  Sometime back, the root had dried out and so the plant was surviving by just absorbing water from the atmosphere, rather from the soil.  I have now put the stem in the glass of water and waiting for roots to grow before I re-pot it.  So always look at houseplants carefully!

I reproduce below something about money plants which also grow baby plants and make good presents.

These attractive money plants are great for smaller spaces and desktops and are thought to bring their owner luck. Also known as the Jade Plant or Friendship Tree. They are extremely easy to care for and will thrive even in darker rooms.

Water sparingly in winter and regularly in summer and these succulent money plants will reward you with their distinctive glossy foliage all year round. We have some fresh new season money plants in this week and they are looking nice and full as pictured. said to bring luck and fortune they make gifts for new homes or offices.

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Resilient Mint

Today’s dinner made by me with my able sous chef, my ten year old, was very special. It was made with leftovers and mint from my little container garden.



It consisted of leftover pasta, peas and baked eggs with leftover gravy/meat juice. All very simple and tasty. The peas that you see are a combination of Ramsey and Slater recipes. Very quick to make-

Two cups of frozen peas, four mint leaves chopped up, a tiny bit of garlic chopped up, half of a small onion sliced into thin slices, salt to taste and two teaspoons of olive oil. Heat the oil and put everything in it, cover it and stir from time to time. Ready in about 10 minutes!


And the mint you see is very special too. It came as a free gift with my organic vegetable box. I put all the mint in glass of water to keep it fresh and one of the stems grew roots. I put it in a pot and it grew. Now that was last year. During winter, it all died down. Now that it is spring, I have my resurrected mint again! Amazing how resilient these herbs are. I hope to get some of its resilience into my life too!