I spent the morning potting my cuttings from the coleus, geranium, and begonia which had sprouted roots quite well in water. (See my last post not-spending-strategies-3-11.html) I now have an abundance of coleus to plant in my north facing garden without having to buy them. The only cost was the potting soil. Yes, sometimes I have to spend money!! I looked into making my own, but just didn't have the time to do it.
Still, it is cost effective and so much fun to have a bounty of plants to use! The geranium and begonia were a little more difficult. They didn't root out as quickly. And the Dusty Miller has not rooted at all...yet. I told the plants they get one more week!
Be sure to use potting soil or at least pasteurized soil for your seedlings and cuttings. Once again, Mother Earth News provides excellent Info: www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/how-to-make-your-own-potting-soil-zmaz08djzgoe?pageid=3#PageContent3
Spring cleaning is a great way to prepare for Easter and air out the house after the long winter. Using the 6 weeks of Lent to divide up the house is one way to get it done: each week focus on one room or area of the home to deep clean. OR, take a weekend to get the family involved and getterdone all at once! Having a great family meal (and dessert) afterwards is super important!
Using effective and efficient cleaning strategies are helpful. Here are a few pieces of advice from a professional cleaning lady (me):