Avocado Germination

About a year ago, I saw a post on Facebook describing a special device created to grow avocados from seeds. It was essentially a piece of plastic that floated on top of the water that also allowed the base of the seed to be submerged. In my opinion, it was another excuse to sell off a piece of plastic. I asked myself this question… isn’t it possible to just use what’s available to construct something similar? And a new project was set.

I found a plastic tray that once held cookies and cut off one of the segments. I then carefully cut a circular shape at the bottom to hold the avocado seed. This was then pressed into the opening of a glass jar and then filled with water. I was careful to notice the water levels to ensure that the bottom of the seed was constantly submerged in the water and would add water if too much had evaporated.a

After a couple of months, a root started to form until it reached the bottom of the glass jar. The original jar lacked depth and didn’t allow the root to grow further… which was also why a stem wasn’t forming as I was expecting. I then shifted the seed to another jar, and the root very quickly extended in length.

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The seed in the new jar

 

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Finally beginning to sprout after many, many weeks

 

It was also at this point that a stem has begun to sprout from the top of the seed. In another week or 2, this seed will be ready for some soil! Will post the progress in the future.

The Right Glove FAIL

 

Whenever I have a pair of gloves for dishwashing… I seem to have a habit of quickly creating holes in the right one. I began setting these aside with the hope that I could one day reuse them. Trying to find a fix on Google proved unhelpful… it was time to problem solve.

My initial idea was to make use of the caulking gun and patch the gloves up with a bit of silicone and off cuts from one of the worn rubber gloves. I typically create holes on either the thumb or index finger of the glove, so I cut a matching finger thinking that should do the trick! But after allowing the appropriate amount of time to dry, what should have stuck together… did not.

Despite being sure it would work out, the silicone and rubber weren’t bonding like I’d hoped. My next thought was to use some rubber cement from a bike repair kit… but I was having the same issue. It just wasn’t going to bond. It was during this that I realised I was going about this the wrong way. The outside of the glove was clearly rubber, but the inside was lined with a different material.

I went back to the silicone, flipped the patch and applied enough to cover the hole. After drying, it seemed much more stable than previously and after washing a load of dishes, my hand remained dry. Success at last!

EDIT: …. or so I thought. It has partially peeled away a few days later. What can be done? Leave a comment if you have an idea

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