If you know me you know I’m just not happy if I’m not growing…..something. In the winter, it can be almost anything. But now I actually have a lot growing on.
I’m fortunate to have this big ugly glass former reptile enclosure in my kitchen, lol. I’m growing 3 herbs for myself and several things for my chuckwalla, to supplement the 2 staple greens I can get at the grocery store year round. My little Geyri is brumating so these foods will all be for Chuckie for the next several months.
I had nasturtiums growing in a raised bed for them in the summer. I wondered if cuttings of them would work, hmmm. So I tried rooting some in water and I’m amazed to say that nasturtiums are one of the most interesting things I’ve ever grown.
The first cuttings were small and rooted quickly. After I planted them in ground, they dropped some leaves and only had a couple little ones. But one started producing flowers. Tiny buds developed into full sized flowers in only several days. Hmm, need to take 2 bigger cuttings. Those rooted quickly too and are producing flowers and I’ll plant them in ground today.
Nasturtium is only an occasional reptile food, because it has some chemicals that are not healthy for them. But Chuckie can have a couple bright colored flowers a week and I get to see flowers growing in the winter.
Basil and parsley for me doing great, and chives getting started, but chives are slow.
Wheat grass as well as some chicory and arugula for Chuckie. The wheat grass grows fast and a couple times a week I just cut grass for him and add it to his salad.
He likes his food and his house. There are good places to lay in hot and cooler places, just like in the real desert.
I grow cactus for them year round too, not in the little greenhouse, just at a sunny window with a plant light. Both lizards like it and it’s a good daily food. Another amazing thing to grow.
Our times are crazy. Our country and world are crazy. In crazy times, we have to find simple, sane things to keep us centered and grounded as best we can be. I hope you have things like that. For me, if I can’t sit in the garden or watch beans pop up or pick tomatoes, I can soothe my soul seeing things growing inside. I can add flavor to some foods for myself and make my little chuckwalla happy. The little things really are the big things. Have a good Today.