My mom is a gardening goddess. She can grow anything…like, she could put a broom handle in the ground and it would grow and bloom. I, on the other hand, am notorious for my “black thumb;” I am an unintentional homicidal maniac with plants (would that make me a herbicidal maniac?). Mr. Barefoot jokes that plants start trembling in my car on the way home as they sense that they will soon be murdered by a serial killer. I’ve actually been accused of torturing the poor plants by neglecting them until they are almost dead, but then I water them and bring them back! Honestly, it would have been more merciful to let them die a peaceful death.
The Secret to Gardening Happy Plants
I’ve just never understood what plants want from me. They don’t tell me when they need to be watered, re-planted or have less/more sun, so how am I supposed to know? That little tag that comes with the plant never seems to be correct, or it just gets lost altogether. I mean, what do plants actually do (except filter/clean the air, provide food and shade, blah, blah, blah)? Seriously, plants, speak up!
I have asked my mom for her secret, and she actually told me! Are you ready for it? Are you sure? She TALKS to the plants; she actually gives them names and talks to them. For example, I have a Little Gem Magnolia tree in my front yard that my mom named, “Minnie Pearl,” named so because her tag remained on a branch for an extended amount of time in the event we needed to return her to Home Depot for a refund (perennials, trees and shrubs have a 1 year guarantee).
My sister-in-law actually created an irrigation system for her fabulous garden that captures rain water and supplies it to her beloved vegetables. Way to make me feel inadequate, Brandy and James – thanks 😉
The Basil Barrel – the extent of my garden
The one and only plant/herb I have consistently been able to grow successfully is basil. I have had amazing success and bumper crops of this fabulous herb resulting in endless batches of pesto, caprese salad and basil-infused everything. Below is a picture of my infant crop in this year’s Basil Barrel…
The basil was struggling a little at the beginning of the summer. I watered it, put it in it’s favorite half sun/half shade spot in the yard, fluffed the leaves and aerated the soil, but still it struggled…until I talked to it. I told the basil how fabulous, green and yummy it would be and wouldn’t you know, the basil grew and thrived! Minnie Pearl is also thriving with amazing, waxy leaves that will be beautiful in my fall decor (should I actually get around to fall decor).
Do you struggle with gardening? Or do you have a fabulous garden with a never ending supply of organic and yummy vegetables? I would love to know your gardening secrets and tips!