May started out pretty rough up here. VERY ROUGH. There were few days where we had mild snow showers. There was a running joke in the office–someone would get their snow tires removed, and would get caught in a little snow shower on the way back from the mechanic. I never thought spring would ever arrive!
Anyway, now that we have these glorious beautiful days- highs of 70’s and lows in the 40’s it’s time for some gardening. I have to be a bit conscious about gardening and space, since we are in a rental, I can’t just dig up the lawn and turn them into flower beds. BUT I have been fortunate enough to get four planters from my soon to be in-laws.
The planters are about 60” x 6” x 6”. Enough for a few six pack of flower starters and about 70lbs of dirt. It’s a good little gardening opportunity and there is something so therapeutic about growing something and getting your hands in dirt. In Brooklyn, I finally got the hang of gardening after 2 years of experimenting. I was sad to leave the apartment and my veggie garden. Towards the end of the summer I was able to produce a pint of cherry tomatoes every other day, an English cucumber, and weekly salad fixings. Most of my gardening tools are still in Brooklyn, however, over the past few years, I’ve learned that you don’t need much to dig around in dirt.
The high school down the street has great vocational programs including a farming/gardening program. I scooped up a few six packs of zinnias, dahlias and alyssum flowers.
Steps into some easy planting:
- Fill with Dirt. I got organic potting soil that’s great for indoor or outdoor containers.
- Water the starters.
- Place the starters carefully out on the planters. One of the most helpful tips from the How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work is when planting a tree, fill the hole first with some water (a lot of water). This way if you have to rotate or turn the tree, the buoyancy of the water will help ease in moving the tree. This is a mini-version of that so you can see the spacing as well as envision where / what flower will be planted and where.
- Move things around if necessary to space things out.
- Plant. The Alyssum’s were outgrown and in rough shape so I had to make sure that all of the root was planted firmly, stabilizing it as best as I could.
- Water, with a sprinkling, careful not to drown the plants.
- Cut the existing flowers. Sadly, hard to do this part, since it is a bit of “instant gratification” this will help the plant grow outwards and fuller; versus concentrating it’s energy into the producing the flower.
It’ll be great to grow these flowers to cut for the wedding. Most blogs and advice from friends warn not to grow your own flowers. I have friends tackling the bouquets and boutonnieres. These flowers would be great for table decor / accents. Worst case scenario they don’t grow in time or are a bust for the wedding. I’m having fun anyway and it’ll be great to have flowers around the house, it’s a win-win situation I’m looking at.