The start of my journey to become a gardener (and not just a brutal plant killer)
A little while ago (before my radio silence🙈) I posted on Instagram about my new greenhouse. I realize I haven’t posted on Instagram since then, which was like a month ago 🙈 BUT I got distracted with life and various things. And I discovered I’m not super great at blogging, apparently I don’t take after my mama, who’s a fantastic writer and blogger. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out My Nichols Worth you’re really missing out. ANYWAY, I’m learning how to blog, and that’s what’s important, right?
Back onto the topic I wanted to talk about today: plants! Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, I’ve taken an interest in gardening and houseplants. Well, actually, it’s something I’ve always been interested in, but I never had the time or energy to get into it. Plus I had always ended up killing the plants I tried to take care of. Granted, they were mostly orchids, and orchids are actually hard to take care of, but my belief was that I had a black thumb and would always kill any houseplants. End of story. Or so I thought.
THEN, back in April-ish, right before we had a stay-at-home order in TN, I got a little plant at a ladies day in Kentucky that my mom had spoken at.
Her name is Juanita. I didn’t name her, she actually came with a name (LOL) but it stuck. Juanita is a nerve plant. She likes low light, high humidity, and I’d say a moderate amount of water. She’s also a drama queen whenever she needs water. (see below). For a long time after I brought her home, she sat on my snack bar, where I’d see her and water her occasionally. One day, I found her drooped over like in the picture below and freaked out, because I thought I killed her. So I just watered her and hoped for the best.
A couple of hours later, I came back and found that she was fine. She had perked back up and looked as great as ever. I took that to mean that maybe that’s just something she does when she’s thirsty (I found out later it does, and nerve plants will droop when they need water.) “Okay, that’s cool,” I thought, “I can deal with that.” Then later, I noticed that she had grown. Like actually grown. I was so excited! And that’s when I realized maybe I could grow houseplants, or at least not kill them.
After Juanita’s survival, I decided I wanted an indoor herb garden. So my husband and I made a hanging herb garden on the wall next to our snack bar, right next to a window. Those herbs did not survive, because, as I have learned, herbs need a lot of light, and that spot did not have a lot of light.
Fast forward to today, after some trial and error, I have approximately 30 houseplants, and most of them are doing pretty well. My husband and I also grew a vegetable garden this year for the first time, and I tried out some container gardening this year too! I’ve been very please with my planters (you can see pictures below). I’ll (hopefully) post the recipes soon.
So far, gardening has become a fantastic hobby for me. It’s helped a lot with stress, and it helped me realize that I wasn’t cursed with a black thumb! Honestly, I now believe that anyone can learn how to have a green thumb. And maybe I can start sharing some tips to help with that! 😉
Until next time,