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Throwing out the plant

Earlier this year, someone gave me a plant.

“You don’t understand,” I said. “I’m terrible at watering plants.”

He explained it was the kind that didn’t require much care, just watering once a week, and that it was the kind of plant that helped purify the air.

He’d put a lot of thought into the plant, and I installed it in my living room, where I did a good job of taking care of it. For awhile.

And then, once he’d disappeared from the scene, I found myself realizing after weeks had gone by that I hadn’t watered it. The plant started getting browner, and browner, and browner.

One day, I was somewhere around a healthy plant, same variety, and I realized how neglected my plant at home had gotten.

Thought I know Carol of May Dreams Gardens would be horrified—she recently Tweeted about a neighbor who’d thrown out a plant without composting it—I was cleaning the house today in preparation for Thanksgiving, and decided it was time for the plant to go. It’s a new season, and I’ve been in the mood, lately, to clear an awful lot out to make way for what’s coming.

I don’t really know what’s coming, but something must be, and so the plant had to go.

So mea culpa, composters. It had to happen today, and I still don’t have easy access to a compost bin. Down the trash chute the plant had to go.

3 Comments on “Throwing out the plant”

  1. #1 Carol
    on Nov 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 am

    You need an indoor worm composter! Those worms would have loved that plant and turned it into very beautiful worm castings to fertilizer your next plant. And you wouldn’t have to apologize for throwing another plant away.

  2. #2 Dee/reddirtramblings
    on Nov 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Ssh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m not good with indoor plants either. I forget to water them all the time.~~Dee

  3. #3 inadvertentgardener
    on Nov 22nd, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Carol, I have a little bit of fear of the indoor worm composter and whether I would end up with it leaking all over my apartment. Plus, I’m having enough trouble figuring out where to set up my AeroGarden…I have no idea where I would put it! But I know you’re right…

    Dee, I have wonderful friends who have given me excellent tools to help with this, but somehow it still hasn’t solved the problem…

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