Here is something I wrote about 18 months ago but obviously forgot to post then:
About five years ago now I wrote a Blog called, “Aspidistras making a comeback again”, describing how a plant once very, very popular in the early part of the 20th Century but then had gone out of favour by the late 20th Century, only to come back into fashion again this century.
Lately I have seen how these once out of date plants come back into popularity with my own eyes. In my previous Blog I mentioned that although my mother grew it, it wasn’t particularly a favourite of mine. However when 3 years ago, when cleaning out the long overgrown ivy in our block of units I found a clump of Aspidistras that someone had dumped there. Loathe to let any, even if only semi desirable, plants die, I transplanted it into a 12 inch pot and more or less forgot about it until early this year when I decided it badly needed repotting as it was already splitting the plastic pots sides.
For the past 3 years my wife and I have been volunteering at a nearby Brotherhood of Saint Lawrence Opportunity Shop,; and knowing my intrest in plants and having some old pots they deemed unsaleable, they were given to me to use if I could. So I took these 3 unsaleable pots and divided up the Aspidistras into them, but also keeping a small clump for myself. I then took the other 3 pots of Aspidistras up to the Op shop where they sold within a week and brought in over $50 for Charity work.
So inspired by this, when my daughter asked me to dig out and throw away most of the Aspidistras in her Garden I brought them home, divided them up into 10 large old unused pots I had lying around and grew them on for a little while, before taking a couple at a time up to the Op shop to sell. A few weeks later I have 3 pots left that I still deem too small to sell, but the other seven have all been quicly sold and raised over $130 for Charity.
Not too bad an effort for some old pots, a bit of soil and some plants not wanted by one person but obviously still desired by others; many others it seems!
But enough of me, what about you? What things or plants do you have lying around that you don’t really want but don’t really want to throw away either? Perhaps, with a little effort on your part, you can clean or fix them up a little, or like with plants, pot and grow them on a little and then donate them to a local Charity, school or Church Fete etc?
Over to you now for your thoughts on the matter. TOWGP.