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Farfugium as a houseplant

I’ve had a love affair with Farfugium for a long time. When we moved from Florida to Iowa I brought one along to try the lovely farfugium as a houseplant. The good news is that it is flourishing! The big, bold leaves of farfugium, also known as Leopard Plant, are the main attraction. It is a member of Daisy family, so while it does send up spikes of yellow flowers, to me these seem out of place with the large tropical leaves. I’ve even heard farfugium referred to as Tractor Seat Plant, and I can certainly see that in the broad leaf shape. I first referenced Farfugium on here back in 2015 in my New and Underused Plants post. Back then it was really hard to find.… Read Full Post
How to grow oats for cats

How to grow oats for cats

My nephew picked up this package of “oats for cats” seeds last spring at our local nursery and since that time it has just been sitting on my desk. Yes, I meant to get around to it but it just never became a priority. Now as the winter is in full swing it seemed like a perfect time to get this quick growing project underway (and maybe help me put off starting other seeds a bit longer!) Supplies to grow oats for cats: Oat seeds (there are SO many options online for this, but if you need help Gurney’s has these at a pretty reasonable price)Potting soilContainer — we used old take-out containers! A tray or any shallow container will work just fine.… Read Full Post

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