How to grow citrus from seed, my foolproof method.

Seriously, it’s amazingly simple. I’d recommend that you don’t buy seeds online, though, unless there are pictures of the actual seeds, or the source is a proven, trustworthy source. Because:

This is what a viable seed looks like.

 

That is a viable seed. Round, full, fat. This thing will actually grow. The one unfortunate time I ordered citrus seeds online, I got something like THIS:

Useless. This thing is nothing but an empty seed coat.

Flat, empty, useless. This is literally the empty shell of a seed. There is no actual seed inside. It’s like a nutshell with no nut.
Useless.
But if you get a viable seed, they’re very easy to grow. I have about 80% germination rate with this method. It’s pretty foolproof.
1.Use the right seeds.
2. Peel the seeds. (I know it’s tempting to skip this, but DON’T. The results will probably be very slow-to-sprout seeds, or a much lower germination rate. Or they’ll get all moldy before germinating properly.

They look a little like this once peeled. Little darker dot on the rounder end of the seed.

3. Put the peeled seeds onto a moist paper towel in a zip-top bag, and leave it in a warm (not too warm) windowsill.

Good to go.

The bag acts like a little greenhouse for the seeds, which means they’ll be protected from chills or drying out when they’re so tiny and delicate. I like to label and date these, as my kids love to grow any and every mature seed we find in our fruits, and I know I indulge them 100% because I just love watching citrus grow.

Baby grapefruit I started a few months ago. So cute!

Their seeds sprout so easily, their leaves are so green and fragrant, and, of course, they make fruit! How awesome is that? It does take a long time for them to bear, if ever, but… I’m growing these just for decorative purposes, honestly. I just love to look at them.

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House Plants On The Loose

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the wonderful leafy goodness that is indoor house plants.

With little kiddos in the house, and the actual need to occasionally open the windows… I came up with a plan to make window-opening less of a chore.

Behold: The houseplant windowsill fence.


I had a spare board (1×4, if anyone’s interested), so I bought one of those adorable picket fences they sell to make fairy gardens, and hot-glued it around the perimeter of the board. It didn’t go all the way around, but I liked it that way. Easy, quick, and solved the problem. I placed the board in the right place so that the window can open with out being moved at all, and used a couple command strips to keep it in place.

 

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Hello world!

I'll post instructions later, but it's the easiest bit of knotwork I ever did, and I wear it all the time!

Hey there, everyone with internet access and the random luck of finding me and my blog.

I’m Bonnie, a college student who, like billions of others, is feeling the financial pinch of college. However, I still want to have the things I need, as well as nice things, and it occured to me that knowing how to make my own purses, clothes, jewelry, *food*/ desserts/candy, hats, possibly shoes, as well as various gifts- would not only be cheaper than a great many other ways to get the very same things, but making them myself would get me exactly how I want them. Because I make them myself. Cool, huh?

My mother taught me how to do some basic crochet when I was a litte girl, which I expanded on as I got older, and through a very handy how-to macrame book I received as a gift around the same time, as well as some research, I’ve been fairly capable to provide myself with all the handmade fashion I could wish for. And, when I didn’t know how to do what I wanted to do, the internet proved a very useful tool. I absolutely LOVE cooking my own food, even when the kitchens I have access to aren’t mine. 😛 One day…. but not yet, alas. I take every opportunity to practice my candymaking skills as well. (Not as hard as it sounds, by the way! I know, I thought “how could I even begin to make Almond Joys?” because that was what I made the first time, but it was amazingly easy. All you really need for most candymaking is a good pot+stove, and to wash the disheas IMMEDIATELY after. But that’s another post.) I create art as well, including everything from scultping in clay, wire, or wood, to pencil/pen sketches, acrylic painting, and chalk. (Sidewalk Chalk + India Ink are my 2 favorite mediums, currently, and I’m actually working on something that utilizes both, believe it or not.)

Knitting is still beyond me, except for a very irregular garter stitch.

However! my most common venue for textiles will be crochet, and for jewelry, macrame. Although I’ve been looking into possibilites with wire. 😀

Who knows? Whatever strikes my fancy.

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