This year, I am determined to try my hand at growing things. I’ve never had my own garden, only a few herbs in pots, so I’m excited to give this a try, especially since my obsession with indoor plants has grown! The plan is to use a couple of leftover pallets to make a small raised garden bed, or if all works out, to get a plant stand from Mum’s work when they’re done with it, so I can try my hand at a few more veggies.
So far, I have been sharing my adventures on Instagram under the tag #jessgrowsagarden, and this includes a handful of photos of indoor plants. It’s only over the last couple of weekends that I’ve grown my collection of herbs and outdoor plants. When I moved in here at the end of May, I started off with one indoor plant and 5 outdoor plants. I now have 17 indoor plants and around 20 or so outdoor plants (mostly edible stuff like herbs, tomatoes, garlic and shallots)!
I’m super proud of how I’m going so far, since I’ve always been a brown thumb, because these plants mostly seem to be going well! I’ve only lost 3 plants in that time, one because it’s too windy here for a fern, and the other 2 because they seemed to have some sort of fungus develop on them after only a week or so ofhaving them, which I think was from how they were kept a the shop. Even some of the plants that looked terrible when I got them have pretty much come good… Ones that were pot bound or in terrible soil.
In this time, I have realised that plants need very little water in comparison to what I always expected, and they are pretty straight forward to grow. I have been researching some of the individual plants that I have, so I can learn more about them as I go, and I have set up a little diary of my plant knowledge. I am also reading 1-Minute Gardener by the guys from The Little Veggie Patch Co, which is quite interesting.
I will post another update later in the season to show how things are going, as well. In the meantime, you can still follow my adventures with growing a garden on Instagram.