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This delicious Aloe vera goo

I accidentally burned the inside of my mouth and the pain and redness kept me awake for the last couple of nights. Then I remembered a cool way to use my Aloe Vera plant. Did you know you can eat Aloe vera goo? As long as you have an edible version of the plant and the goo is perfectly clear, it’s safe to eat. Yellow goo will cause all sorts of stomach problems, so make sure to check it properly.

I cut off one of the plump leaves, put it in the fridge for an hour to chill it and then removed the green skin, leaving a nice gooey filet on the cutting board. Taking a bite of this chilly snot filet is a feeling you don’t get anywhere else. It tastes like nothing, but I still couldn’t bring myself to swallow it. It did calm down my burned mouth for a while. I don’t know if it will aid in the healing process, but it couldn’t hurt to try.

Next time I’ll probably use the goo in a smoothie. This is way cheaper than buying a flask of pure Aloe Vera drink, too.

Aloe vera for days

This Aloe vera just keeps growing. The pot is 40 cm in diameter and just big enough to fit the giant plant. Even though it lives on my balcony in winter and summer, it hasn’t flowered for me yet. Right now it gets direct sun most of the day.

I may have to prune some of the bottom leaves in the near future. I can’t turn the pot or properly open and close my glass panels because the biggest leaves take up so much space. If I do get a sun burn, I have enough aloe vera gel, I think.

The giant Aloe vera

This monster loves its new, huge pot. It’s now able to stand without tipping over. It does have to stay outside on the balcony all year because I can’t carry it inside. So far it hasn’t been a problem, but the cold winter hasn’t really started yet. Maybe.. just maybe it will flower for me next spring/summer if it gets to experience the seasonal changes out there.

Cabbage worm infestation

I just discovered that all of my herbs and my Pinguicula laueana was eaten by cabbage worms overnight. All that was left of my herbs were the stalks and every stalk had one or two cabbage worms attached to it. There was nothing to do but chuck all of the affected plants out.

Obviously I had to find something else to plant in my two big containers. The Aloe vera was in need of a repotting and it was already used to staying outside, so that was an obvious choice. It wasn’t affected by the cabbage worms at all either. Then I remembered that ponytail palms can grow outdoors as long as the temperature doesn’t go below 7-10 degrees C. That’s the minimum temperature on my balcony if I close the windows, even during a frosty night in winter. My ponytail palm wasn’t too happy indoors because it didn’t get enough light and its pot was slightly too small, preventing the succulent stem from growing larger. Maybe it will do better outdoors.

This Aloe was my first succulent

This Aloe was my first succulent (since I killed the Sedum I had as a kid), bought in early 2015 because I had a bit of a skincare emergency and needed something that wouldn’t irritate my skin. It is now my biggest succulent – 4cm Shaymin for scale. I really love the weathered look too.

Usually it stays outside, but we’re expecting bad freezing temps for the next couple of weeks, so I’m not taking any chances.