I read that blogs should give something of value to the readers, something for them to walk away feeling that they learned something. I realized that my blog doesn’t have interesting tidbits to share, it’s mostly about me gushing over my flowers.
So…today, I will share three tips I learned while growing and developing my garden.
1. Home Depot or any large local home improvement centers are your friends. I’ve read several books that say don’t get your plants from large retailers that don’t specialize in plants but I completely disagree. Sometimes they have the best selection of plants at a much lower cost than the specialty garden centers. A lot of these plants are in small pots and are usually begging to be saved from their pots. I love rescuing plants and I don’t mind the small sizes of plants. I have saved many near death plants from the clearance sections! I always feel a great sense of pride when they sprouted new leaves. This would be a great place for you to start plant collection if you don’t mind the work.
2. If you have a broken branch/stem you can still save it from death. I had a broken dahlia stem because my dog trambled on a stem that had my first dahlia. The stem was not completely broken but mostly broken. Not wanting anything to go to waste, I tried re-attaching the stem by leaning it up in the position that it would normally grow, with the cut closed, and tied it so that overtime the cut would grow back into its original stem. Then you water the plant again to make sure the water gets to the broken stem to hydrate it while it fights for its return to life!
3. Walk, don’t run. This will ensure that you don’t hurt yourself somehow.
Ha ha ha! Did you think that last tip was the real gardening tip? It COULD be so that you don’t hurt yourself in the garden but it’s not meant to be my third tip. Here is the third tip:
3. Plants that are in small pots need more water and nutrients than larger pots. If you keep it in a small pot, you will need to feed it more. Water and nutrients drain away quickly so it needs to be replenished. I had a small 2-inch potted seedling once and noticed that it was alive but not thriving. I re-potted it in a larger pot and gave it some fertilizer. Within days it was boosted with more leaves and taller stems. The larger pot held more nutrients for longer to feed the plant and allowed its roots to spread out. Be careful that you don’t put it in a ridiculously ginormous pot too big for the plant. It can become waterlogged and kill it.
Those are my gardening tips today. I hope you enjoyed the flowers I have in my garden this week. Have a great week!