On a big uromastyx FB page, many people said that uros really like cactus. I’m constantly thinking of good foods for him. Right now I can collect things like dandelions and clover to add to the staples he gets every day. Winter will come, so I’m drying some dandelions and wanted another thing I can feed him in the winter, fresh stuff for moisture and something that doesn’t have to come from the grocery store.
So I ordered some spineless cactus pads online. Since little Geyri is a bit of a picky eater, I had to first let him try some before I went on a search of tips to grow them.
I gave him some, cut into little cubes cos he’s still small. I offered the cubes at the same time I offered a sprouted lentil, one of his favorite things. He normally eats the lentil and the sprout and the root. For him to walk over top of the rest of a lentil to get to his cactus cubes was all the encouragement I needed to learn how to grow some in the house, with less than ideal light. It’s a challenge I’m up for.
I watched videos and learned to cut a slice off the bottom of each pad to make a new surface, then let them lay for several days till a callous forms over that, to prevent rotting. Then just plant them.
One lady on the FB page said they are so easy to grow, that she left some lay in her car for a week during the lock down and they started making new pads with no ground, no water, just growing cos that’s what cactus do.
He’s sure entertaining me while we learn about each other and figure out good things for him to eat. We need to find sanity……..and it’s hard to find right now. Our country is in chaos, the worst kinds of chaos, as if the virus wasn’t enough for us to constantly concern ourselves with. Riots, fires and looting in our streets are not what peaceful protests for a good reason are supposed to be, but it’s what they have turned into.
So, we find sanity. Learning to grow cactus for a dear little lizard. Or, working in the garden, my hands involved with the magic of the earth. For encouragement and hope, I got out my garden pickin’ basket. There’s nothing to pick yet, but I like seeing it sitting on the kitchen floor……waiting. There have been lots of good veggies gathered in that old basket.
After a while the basket will have cucumbers and beans and tomatoes. The good earth provides if you treat it right.
We can’t eat everything that grows in the garden; we need beauty too, like the first show of the roses, which is always the best.
Be well. Find your individual happiness, peace and sanity. Maybe get a lizard, lol.