Everyone knows that one of the perks of being a teacher is having the summer off. Of course, I look forward to my summer vacation every year but when the craziness of the last month of school is over and all of a sudden I have very little to do, it is sort of a strange transition. I actually have to get used to having a lot of free time. I have to admit it's nice to get the house clean, relax outside on the porch, work out on my own schedule and read books that I've been looking forward to reading all winter long. However, when the rest of world is working and carrying on with their normal lives, some summer days can just get boring and lonely.
So, when I'm not teaching and I'm not writing, I have to find some hobbies to occupy my time and keep my mind somewhat sharp.
This summer, I started creating a few succulent arrangements. I'm not good at taking care of house plants and most of the ones I've tried to grow just end up dying. The beauty of the succulent is that it is nearly impossible to kill and it requires very little water. So, if I forget to water it for several days or if I go out of town, I don't have to worry about killing my plants.
There is a wealth of information about succulent gardening online and I've gathered tons of information. What I've learned is that half of the fun of arranging succulents is finding unique containers for them to thrive in. I've been picking up glass and clay containers at thrift stores for as little as 25 cents. Another thing I've learned is that succulents can be easily propagated. I'm currently trying my hand at propagating succulents right now (you can see them in the photo on the left). Apparently all you have to do is break off some leaves and new roots and a new plant will begin to sprout. How cool is that? If all goes well, I should be growing enough to replant and arrange into containers so that I won't really have to purchase many more plants.
Rachel Boury Baxter
Writer: web content by day, fiction by night.