ecological garden

Grow Your Own Avocado Tree!

STEP 1 – REMOVE & CLEAN PIT 

Start by removing the pit from the avocado carefully (without cutting it), and then washing it clean of all the avocado fruit keeping the skin on the pit – that is the seed cover.

STEP 3 – PIERCE WITH FOUR TOOTHPICKS

Take four toothpicks and stick them at a slight downward angle into the avocado seed, spaced evenly around the circumference of the avocado. These toothpicks are your avocado scaffolding, which will allow you to rest the bottom half [larger end] of the avocado in water, so therefore the toothpicks need to be wedged in there firmly. Rest it on the water over a glass. 

STEP 5 – WAIT FOR YOUR AVOCADO SEED TO SPROUT!

It usually takes at least 6-8 weeks to get a sprout, so be patient. Here is the process you will witness: 

  • The top of the avocado pit will dry out and form a crack, and the outer brown seed skin will slough off. 
  • The crack will extend all the way to the bottom of the avocado pit, and through the crack at the bottom, a tiny taproot will begin to emerge. 
  • The taproot will grow longer and longer (and may branch), and eventually a small sprout will peek through the top of the avocado pit. 
  • Do not allow your taproot to dry out unsubmerged EVER – doing so will be the death of your plant. 

STEP 6 – POT IN SOIL WHEN TREE IS ABOUT 6” TALL 

When the stem is 6-7 inches long, cut it back to about 3 inches, this will encourage new growth. When it hits 6-7 inches again, pot it up in a rich humus soil in an 8-10″ diameter pot, leaving the top half of the seed exposed. Place on a sunny windowsill. Avocados love sun – the more sun the better. :)

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Now, where’s the best place in the world to discover an entirely new species? 

Basically, your own garden. You may say, “Ah ha, there won’t be anything in my garden that hasn’t been discovered.” You would be amazed. In 1971, Jennifer Owen, a biologist, did a very long-term study of her ordinary garden in a suburban house in Leicester. She discovered 533 species of ichneumon wasp, just that family of parasitic wasp. Fifteen of these had never been recorded in Britain; four of them were completely new to science. In a suburban garden. So, in your garden, if you have a garden, there will be things.

Gilbert White, the naturalist, said that nature is so full and so varied that if you want to find the place with the most variety, it’s the place you most study. It almost doesn’t matter: Just take a piece of land and look at it hard enough.

- Stephen Fry, QI, G-series, Episode 1 “Gardens”


The above moment from QI has stuck with me for years: I think of it almost every time I am outside.

Accordingly, here are some of the bees I’ve observed in my garden. I’ve identified a few, but not with much confidence. I am hoping to get a proper book that goes into more depth about the 250+ species here in Denmark.

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I did not know Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) was nitrogen-fixing (as it’s not a legume), but lo-and-behold, I was moving some of my plants when I spotted an abundance of rhizobia colonies!

I looked it up, and sure enough, the Hippophae species have a bacterial symbiont in their root nodules.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, with them being a superfood and all.

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The Eden Project

self-sufficiency and education. This former china clay quarry now acts as one of the largest plant enclosures in the world. No imported soil was used in the design.– Instead, green waste, surplus sand, and clay were manufactured into topsoil. Within the gardens are vast botanical and ecological collections that educate visitors about the relationship between plants and people around the world.

Venus in Taurus personalities plant their partner on a royal throne and bedazzle them with affection and diamonds. Even when they withdraw from the world and hide in their own bubble, people continue to rely on them. There are few in the world truly worthy of the love on offer by a Venus Taurus, and they are the pure goddess beauty, radiating the sensual seasons, a walking ecological garden, a Venus flower blossom