Daily Prompt: Let’s Kill It


I cannot resist planting seeds. No matter how big or small, if they are in a fruit then I plant them with a vision of having an orchard of oranges and tangerines, even a kiwi or perhaps a pomegranate tree. Sometimes they grow and die whilst growing, very rare do they survive. The pomegranates were too much of a good thing as I had approximately 20-30 growing pomegranate seeds in a pot. They were not viable and died after the first two miniature leaves appeared.

However avocados are something completely different. They are not seeds but something else, known as  a pit I believe. Every avocado that has been mixed in a salad in my kitchen had its pit washed and placed in an egg cup balanced on water. After a while I pushed 3 toothpicks into the pit to suspend it over the water and eventually a root would appear. The next step was a small white shoot that would one day develop into an avocado tree, bringing fruit.

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That is the idea, but often ideas do not develop as they should. However I persevered and two years ago, or was it three, I had an avocado that was growing strong. During the Summer months I kept it outside where it expanded and grew, but in Winter it was confined to the warmth of the appartment. Even avocados are not snow and ice proof. In the meanwhile a second avocado pit was treated in the same way. I now had two plants. the first was maturing and making more branches and leaves. The second one had a problem in summer due to being put outside too early and nearly froze to death. However, I looked after it and it again began to make new leaves. I repotted both plants to give them more room for their roots. After all they would grow tall and big.

It is now winter and they are both again inside, or were. There was a little problem. I noticed that they had brown leaves now and again. I examined the smaller of the two and saw suspicious little white objects in the draining saucer. I did not touch them and they were not moving. Just a figment of my imagination perhaps. The older avocado was also suffering. It was in a second covering pot to make it look nicer. I gave it water now and again and one evening removed the second pot and washed it out. Wait minute what was in the pot. They seemed to be bluish, but were not moving as I had already filled this pot with boiling water. It was then that I saw it. It sleaked across the top of the earth, it was bluish and very centipede similar.

That was enough for me. The pots were cast outisde in the cold weather, which was no longer so cold. They are still sitting outside and even survived our hurrican that passed through yesterday. I noted the next garden rubbish disposal is at the end of the month and they they will both be tipped into my garden rubbish container and collected. In the meanwhile I am keeping them outside hoping that whatever was living in the earth will die in the meanwhile. There are some things you should just leave alone.

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Daily Prompt: Let’s Kill It

12 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Let’s Kill It

  1. I have a soft spot for homegrown avocados–we have one indoors that just putters along, but there is no history of going outside to pick up diseases or bugs–best wishes to your poor specimens.

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    • There are insects that I know and trust, but there are insects that I do not know and do not trust, and these two got them. They are outside in quarantine and hoping that whatever they have is now dead.


    • Centipedes living in Switzerland are apparently harmless. I don’t like them. i only saw one that was alive, I killed the others with hot water. They were a sort of pale blue colour


  2. All this for a centipede?! Well, remember the chrysanthemums? I refrained from any comment? This might be a good time for that as well. I will just say that, as much as I hate to see you discard the little trees that you put such effort into, you know better than anyone what is tolerable in your home.

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      • OH! The TRIBE! Oh my! That somehow makes it sound creepy; and the blue color makes it even worse! Did you read my article ‘Arachnophobia’? Someday, I will have to tell you how Brent used to creep me out in my home. I am too embarrassed to talk about it now.

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        • I read your article, but these are centipedes. Spiders generally keep themselves to themselves and hover around but centipedes move. with hundreds of legs. I have stopped the problem at the root otherwise I am sure they would be everywhere. Imagine them in the bedroom.

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