As the days get steadily warmer (I still have the heat on at night), the blooms are becoming more abundant.
Someone asked me about fertilizing, and I really don’t fertilize my patio plants. I generally just let them be.
However I did find a recipe for homemade plant food that I plan to make. I found it on the Bob Vila website. It’s just a few ingredients and quite cheap. You may already have some or all of these things. Epsom salt, baking soda, household ammonia, and water.
Measure 1 ½ tablespoons of Epsom salt into a clean gallon jug. A rinsed-out plastic milk jug with its lid makes a great container for this homemade plant food. Add 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda to the jug. Measure a scant ½ teaspoon of household ammonia into the jug.
Here’s what these simple ingredients do:
Household Plain Ammonia: Ammonia contains nitrogen and hydrogen, a powerful nutrient for plants when the nitrogen is converted to nitrate by natural bacteria. This cannot be substituted. Don’t use ammonia with any additives.
Epsom Salt: This adds magnesium and sulfur to the plants, which is great for increasing the nutrients in the soil.
Baking Soda: The main purpose of this is to eliminate mildew on your plants and act as a fungicide.
Abi is still peeing my bed at night. They gave her a shot for an infection a week ago. I called the vet and he thinks it’s incontinence. I went to pick up medication and he said he pretty much ruled everything else out. So we’ll see.
It happens mostly at night, right in my bed of course. He said that it most often occurs when they’re fully relaxed, so that would make sense. I have less and less of my bed to sleep on as the night wears on. At least a dry spot to sleep on.
He said if this medication makes her jittery (oh surely heavens no) we’d revisit it. I told him she’s jittery enough. She follows me around, has severe separation anxiety and it would kind of be hard to imagine her being more jittery.
Hope, who has worked for the vet for as long as I can remember, told me that Abi is her favorite Yorkie. Hope likes her smile.
She does have a big personality. Some people think she’s baring her teeth, but in fact she is smiling.