Recycling with African violets … a simple DIY

In keeping with my goal to declutter, I’ve started organizing my kitchen cupboards. Way back in the corner, I found this long-forgotten pan.
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One thing is certain - I have more pots and pans than I need. I really don’t need this pan - but I like it. So, I set it on my dining room table (one of those out of sight, out of mind things) and went back to cleaning in the kitchen.

In the meantime, I went shopping at Home Depot and found a rack of plants on sale for two dollars apiece. I can’t resist a sale. There were several varieties, including three very sad looking African violets. But, for only two dollars each, I decided to take them home and try to bring them back to life.

I didn’t have time to plant them when I got home, so I set them in the I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-pan, gave them a little water and put them on the sunny end of the table.

In the meantime, I had the flu for a week and lots of work to catch up with afterwards, so the violets just sat there, minding their own business. About ten days later, however, this is what I found …

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The violets were now thriving. That pan provided a good environment. So I decided to make it a permanent home for the violets.

I gathered some rocks, moss, and potting soil. To start, I put some rocks in the bottom of the pan to keep the soil drained. African violets like moist, but not wet, soil.

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I added just a little moss - to help keep the soil damp.

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Next I arranged the three african violet plants in the pan, loosely added potting soil around the plants, and added moss on top of the soil, between the plants.

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And here’s the finished product …

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Please keep in mind that I am anything but an expert in the care and planting of African violets. This may work … or it may not. I am pretty good at killing indoor plants. But at least I found a good use for that pan.

Remember all the two-dollar plants … Here’s a pink kalanchoe that also was once quite forlorn but now has flourished and brightens my kitchen table.

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‘Just living is not enough,’ said the butterfly. ‘One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.’ —- Hans Christian Andersen

 
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