Caring for Your Keepsake Garden
Owning plants is a big responsibility. They must be cared for, and they depend on you to take care of them. Mother Nature helps on rainy days, but she can also hurt them on freezing days. There is so much to know and learn, but trust me the best way to learn is to dig in and get started! And you’ve already done that, so you’re on your way!
Plants are living things that communicate to you. All you have to do is pay attention to them to hear what they are saying. If they are in distress they will let you know. Their leaves will turn brown at the edges and may even start to drop off. The plant will droop a little, and will look sad. It’s your job to figure out what may be wrong with them and help them out.
Over time, you will learn to be a responsible, compassionate plant owner!
Here are the 10 Things you Need to Know to get Started:
- The first thing you will need to decide is where are you going to place it? The best spot is going to depend on a few things. Is your plant an in-door or out-door plant? Does your plant need a lot of light, or a little light, or no light at all? Every plant is different so make sure you find out how much light your plant likes, so you know where to place it.
- Light is critical to where you place your plants. Some plants that don’t like light can die in as little as 20 minutes if left under the hot sun. So you will have to know what type of light your plants like, a lot or a little, or none at all!
- Watering your plant is the next thing you need to learn about. The best way to see if your plant is ready to water is to stick your finger in the dirt/soil. If the soil is dry its ready for water. If the soil is wet, even just a little, wait another day or two and check it again. Once the soil is completely dry it is ready to water.
- Water where the roots are. Give the roots a gentle, but good soaking. Circle around the entire base of the plant.
- For indoor plants use the same technique and water around the entire base of the plant a little bit at a time, being careful not to let the water over-spill at the top of the plant. Let the water soak in, then repeat until you see water coming out of the bottom of the pot.
- Protect your furniture by placing your plant in a saucer if you have one that fits. Or, you can bring the pot to the sink or bathtub to water, let drain thoroughly, then return to it’s resting place.
- If your plants are in a pot that that doesn’t have drainage holes, which I DO NOT recommend, water very lightly so water does not build up at the bottom of the pot and cause over-watering.
- Over-watering is one of the leading causes of plant death. Plants also need oxygen to survive, and if they are covered in water they cannot get the oxygen they need.
- On the flip-side, under-watering is bad for your plants too. It will cause your plant to go limp and have a shriveled appearance. Having enough water is what helps your flowers grow, as well as the vegetables and fruit in your garden. Make sure you pay attention to your plants and water them when they are dry.
- Remember to let the soil dry completely before watering again.
Good luck learning about plants and have a blast playing in the dirt!!