5 Rules of a Green Thumb

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Image from Ellen Foord for Made+remade

START WITH SOMETHING EASY

Rosemary, cilantro, basil are easy to grow herbs.  I read some helpful pointer’s on Apartment Therapy’s post regarding the spreading, care, and overall maintenance of the herbs.  Also raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes that can multiply and grow in containers.

SKIP THE SEEDS

Purchase plants that are already grown in containers from a local market or home store that are healthy looking.  My mother always taught me to keep the plants watered prior to planting and water the hole before you pack them into the ground.

KEEPING THEM WATERED

After planting herbs, fruits, veggies,  check the soil every other day to make sure the soil that is just beneath the surface is moist, otherwise add water to the soil, not over the plant and its leaves to be sure it gets down to the roots.

GIVE THEM SUN

From my research, plants only need 4-8 hours a day, but each plant has recommendations.  For indoor planting, south facing windows receive the brightest light, and north the lowest light.  East and west windows loose day light quickly but west facing windows come with more heat.  North windows have the lowest light, and if your growing inside its best to put them right against the window.

PLANTS PREFER QUICK TRIMS

You can remove any dead leaves or pieces of the plant which help the plant grow stronger. Trim the leaves and stems at an angle and be sure to leave as much of the healthy part as possible.

 

My favorite website for all gardening, green thumb fun, and way cool plant products is: The Sill

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Potted plants featured on The Sill

 

 

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