Now that the weather is-strangely-warming up and I have my own place, I noticed that the place was looking too white. Since I don’t actually own the place, I can’t change the color of the walls, so I have to settle for something else. Why not add a little green or other colors to the place by adding plants?
The first thing I did a little over a week ago was buy a spider plant. I went to a place that was close to my work and the plant was more expensive than I had anticipated, but there were already spider babies on it. For those of you who are not familiar with spider plants, they produce long stems called runners that have little spider plants growing on the ends. These baby spider plants can be cut and planted to create a new plant when they are “old enough,” and eventually they will produce their own spider babies. I also read that these plants are not harmful to animals if they eat it, it helps clean the air, and it’s a pretty forgiving plant for those of us who have a bad habit of killing our plants. Yes, I am one of those people-or was, we’ll find out soon enough I suppose.
After that plant, I went to the nursery and got some pots so I can plant the spider babies into when they are bigger and that’s where I discovered this whole new world of gardening. From there I bought potted gerbera daisies, african violets, primulas, and some other gardening essentials to get me started with my indoor garden. I even bought seeds for cilantro, parsley, and 3 varieties of radishes.
I planted the cilantro and parsley first into the small starter pots, but later read that the roots of the cilantro are bigger than the pot can provide and since they don’t transplant well, I decided to move the seeds into a bigger pot. I’m not sure how they are going to do since I just dumped all the soil and seeds into the pot since I couldn’t find each seed that I had planted. I’m not a patient person when it comes to things like these either, so I keep checking every day hoping to see something. However, it could take about 2-3 weeks for these guys to grow!
For the radishes, I planted one seed in Tim Horton’s cups to see if they’ll grow. I don’t remember if I ever grew any seeds before, so this is just a test. Apparently, these guys will take about 3-5 days to grow. I’m on day 3, so far I don’t see anything. They are sitting on my windowsill during the day since they need sunlight, but at night I leave them on my kitchen table because the temperature varies between -7 to -2 at the moment. It’s only March and usually spring doesn’t start until May around here. However, the weather has been up and down a lot. The warmest was about 14 degrees, today is going to be about 12 degrees (celsius). My bedroom and living room windows are facing south, lots of direct sunlight.
If you’re wondering about the plastic wrap, it’s to give a “greenhouse” effect and keep moisture in to help the germination process. I had to do a ton of research before I decided what to buy and how to plant it.
I’ll keep updating with my progress, or lack thereof, and I hope to give you beginner gardeners (like myself) out there some hope. If I can do it, you certainly can too!