For years, I've thought about the famous "green thumb" that my grandmother seems to have. How does she do it? How can she seem to save nearly every "dead" plant & split it into multiple beautiful green little perfections?
It took me YEARS to realize that it's all about knowledge.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
A few years back, I started a garden... & then, I ended up moving. Although I was unable to reap the benefits, the most beautiful thing about it was the fact that I had retained the knowledge. I was working on my green thumb. (They don't ever come naturally... it's about the want.)
Here's all that you need to know about gaining that green thumb.
1. Know That It Takes Time When I first started, there was a frustration. I'd over-watered, under-watered & completely let plants go due to lack of energy & lack of time. I felt like I was never going to make it to where I wanted to be. But you must be patient!
2. Dont' Panic When you panic, you jump. If you have a dying plant, ask a friend or family member for advice. It could be sick, or it could mean more or less water. But, if you panic, you could murder your plant. Be careful; be calm.
3. Read Up When you have Google at your fingertips, it's incredibly difficult to have an excuse for not learning something... or everything! Read up! Make sure your resources are reliable, & take it all in. Once you have this knowledge, it's yours to keep.
4. Look For Extras - Not Shortcuts Take it from someone who loves instant results, never EVER look for shortcuts. Extras are great, though! You know, like ways to hang the plant or how to get it to grow healthiest & happiest. Shortcuts, like how to make it grow faster, can get you in trouble.
5. Identify Everything You Own In a new home, this can be incredibly overwhelming! (Take it from a girl who's boyfriend bought a regular gardener's home!) That said, take it slow. Identify what you can when you can. And, yeah, get those fruits & veggies rolling when the time comes.
6. Write It Down I've been recording everything. Where what plant is, how to take care of it, when to plant the fruits & vegetables... etc. This will be a great resource for you whether you switch houses or not.
7. Take Advantage Of Every Opportunity Whether you have friends & family over who are admiring the yard, or you find yourself at the local nursery, take advantage of every opportunity to learn more about your plants. For instance, we have two of the same plants growing in our yard in a very similar space. Why is one growing faster than the other?
8. Discover Local Classes My boyfriend & I have found out about local gardening classes, & they've helped immensely. I've learned things about planting & pruning - watering & transplanting. And it's been a great, easy source of knowledge at a very little cost.