Although for some it may not seem like it, spring is officially here!
Perhaps, planting a flower or vegetable garden this spring is on your to-do list. There is nothing more satisfying than to breathe the fresh spring air while planting flowers and vegetables that will soon bloom and blossom into gorgeous perennials, or mouth watering edibles!
In truth, this berubier has no idea how satisfying planting a garden can be. I only reap the rewards from my mother’s backyard and my friends who have a knack at making their own gardens grow. As for me, I was cursed with the blackest of thumbs —I have even been able to kill a cactus in less than two weeks! Ironic isn’t it? A vegan who eats nothing but fruits and vegetables, can only kill the harvest before it even begins… where is the sanctity in that? Oh! If the other “veggie-heads” only knew!
This blog therefore is dedicated to those who are botanically-challenged. I have gathered some tips in hopes that this year will be a year of change and growth, not just for me, beruby and all of our berubiers, but for the flowers, fruits and vegetables!
- Apparently, and this is probably the oldest tip in the book, you must talk to your plants. Think of that seedling as if it were your new best friend — say hello and welcome it into your garden.
- Think like a plant… put yourself in the garden, soil, or planter! What might you need? Moist soil, food, water, sun? Become one with your plant!
Here is a really cool bit of information: Scientific evidence shows that the DNA of humans is not much different from the mustard plant. Somewhere in our evolutionary core, we share similar building blocks with plants.
- Once you have become the plant, figure out how much water you need. How thirsty are you? This is where I failed my cactus. I assumed it was as thirsty as I was. If your plant is drooping, it is probably thirsty and might be in need of water. If the plant look bloated, you may have been watering it too much.
Friendly Note: If you are totally clueless (like me) and are freaked out trying to figure out when or when not to water your plant, try this: every time it rains or snows, water your plant. It’s not a fool proof plan, but it might keep your plant alive just long enough for you to figure out what you should be doing.
- Let them eat dirt! Plants use dirt to grow their roots and secure their place. The roots are what suck up all the water the dirt can offer. Don’t be fooled — not all dirt is the same! If you are composting, GOOD FOR YOU! Compost is perfect for plants! Good dirt should be dark, moist, free of debris and soft to the touch. Clay-like soil tends to be very hard and thick and sandy soil allows the water to run although there are some plants that like sand for drainage. Whatever you do… DON’T PLANT YOUR LITTLE DARLING IN MULCH; contrary to popular belief mulch is not the same thing as dirt. That is why they call it mulch!
- Finally there is the element of light. Bright light? Shade? No Shade? Partial shade? Arrgh! There are so many choices! How do you know how much sun your plant wants? Well, if it came with a tag, as some plants do, it should tell you. If not, play with its positioning and experiment until you get it right and your plant starts wagging its tail, or at least looks happy!
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