How To Keep a Happy Houseplant

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When I woke up to 3" of snow on the ground, I did not feel like talking about vegetables.

It is starting to feel like spring will NEVER arrive. So, forget vegetables. Instead, let's talk about houseplants. These wonderful fellows have the potential of making your house feel like the outdoors ALL the time.

Below you will find links to our favorite houseplants (yes you can order plants online!) and also some tips we discussed in the Garden Club:

Easy Peasy Snake Plant

The Beautiful Fiddle Fig

Super Simple Pothos

Light Loving Rubber Plant

The Necessary Watering Can

Fertilize your indoor plants spring through fall. Depending on what indoor fertilizer you use, you may only have to do it once or twice. Just read the instructions!

Quick Tips:
 

  • Each plant needs a different amount of light. Make sure to read the tag carefully OR look up the plant online
  • If possible, water from the bottom of the pot. Just fill a sink with a few inches of water and place the pot in the sink. Let it sit for a few hours
  • During the winter, you may only need to water once or twice a month
  • Droopy leaves will USUALLY indicate your buddy needs more water
  • Rotate plant so it grows evenly 
  • When in doubt, google it

Happy house planting!

Questions? Leave them below!

With Love,

LeAnne

Shop My Garden Go-To's

Lavender's Garden Club

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Audrey Hepburn

Your garden bed has been chosen and you are probably dreaming about vegetable seeds right now. So next up? I've listed out the few things you will want to consider purchasing before you start planting.

Why? Because running to your nearest hardware store last minute can be expensive and will slow down your gardening day!

Stock up now, plant later.

Ps. These are not collaborations. Just things I love and what will be helpful to you! 

Garden Essentials:

Spade

Garden Tool Set

Garden Boots & Apron

Garden Gloves

Garden Markers 

Watering Tool

 

 

Good luck garden buddies! Remember, if you live in the midwest, you can start planting your cool weather seeds beginning of April. It will be here before you know it! 

Comment below with questions.

With Love,

The Lavenders

Gardening Planning & Seed Buying

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Last week, we learned that gardens really can be planted anywhere. This week, we discussed finding out what ZONE you are in, how to read the pack of a seed packet, and getting starting on growing your own little veggies.

I'll bulk up this post tomorrow but wanted you to have the links to the items we discussed today:

Considering Container Gardening? 

Great for patios and easy to store in the winter

Grid Notebook for Garden Planning

If you're feeling hardcore, test your soil! 

Grow your seeds

And those are all the links we discussed (I think). 

Questions? Leave them below and we will do our best to help!

Happy Growing!

 

The Lavenders

Best Garden Bed for Your Space

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Welcome to the Lavender's Garden Club

Congratulations on joining this very elite group of individuals who don't know a lot about gardening but really want to learn.

We are so glad you are here! 

Here is a snippet of things we discussed last night with links:

Tomatoes Love Carrots Book- Certain veggies like to be planted next to each other. Quickly learn which ones through the first garden book I ever read.

Grow Bags for Container Gardens

Grid Notebook for Garden Plotting

Types of Garden Beds

Cliche' Garden- This is your typical dirt-in-the-ground type of bed. Fairly easy to maintain and easy to get going. Just rent a tiller from your local hardware store and consider purchasing a little fence. The may not be as cute (or trendy) as a raised bed, but it gets the job done.

Raised Bed- Beautiful and easy to work with, these guys take some time to set up but are there for the long haul. Make sure you love gardening before jumping straight into a raised bed. Or just do 1 bed and add from there. They help keep weeds at bay and also can save your back a bit since you don't have to bed down as low to work on them.

Edible Landscaping- Since you already have flower beds, just mix your veggies in there. Strawberries, carrots, herbs, radishes, bush beans, etc. A lot of vegetables do really well when mixed with flowers (grab the book listed above- Tomatoes Love Carrots) 

Container Gardens- Simple and fun, start with a container garden if you are nervous about this whole venture. Any container will do but Grow Bags are great because the water won't pool at the bottom (and therefore cause root rot). They are also easy to store for the next year!

 

HOMEWORK

For next weeks Garden Club meeting (Wednesday, February 28th @7:30PM EST. Instagram LIVE), come prepared with what type of BED works best for you. We will be discussing all things SEEDS.

Also, my favorite notebook for gardening HERE has grid lines which are important when you are plotting out your seeds. If you don't have one already, grab a grid notebook. 

Any questions, comments, or thoughts? Leave them below for all your Garden Club Members to read!

With Love,

LeAnne

Houseplants 101

I’ve got all my life to live.
I’ve got all my love to give.
And I’ll survive,
I will survive, hey, hey.
— Every Houseplant

If you take three steps into our apartment, you will quickly realize one of us has a thing for plants. This slight obsession started a few years ago and our collection has continued to grow.  So keep reading and you will discover a few of our favorite houseplants and care tips to make life a little easier on you:

  Monsteria    Looks department - 8  Ease of care - 7.8  Sunny spot - 7.5 These big boys who are pretty easy to manage. They love a good window spot and multiply like crazy. They are poisonous to people and animals, so make sure to place high or away from dogs, babies, and my 25 year old brother who ate a leaf to see what it would do to him. Hint- A call to Poison Control was placed and the operator asked how old the child was who ate the leaf.

Monsteria

Looks department- 8
Ease of care- 7.8
Sunny spot- 7.5
These big boys who are pretty easy to manage. They love a good window spot and multiply like crazy. They are poisonous to people and animals, so make sure to place high or away from dogs, babies, and my 25 year old brother who ate a leaf to see what it would do to him. Hint- A call to Poison Control was placed and the operator asked how old the child was who ate the leaf.

  Mother-In-Laws Tongue (Snake plant)    Looks department - 7.2  Ease of care - 9  Sunny spot - 4  Talk about laid back. If you start looking around the waiting room at doctor's offices, you will notice these Snake plants. They are very easy and basically live anywhere. The only thing they don't like is to be overwatered, so pace yourself.

Mother-In-Laws Tongue (Snake plant)

Looks department- 7.2
Ease of care- 9
Sunny spot- 4

Talk about laid back. If you start looking around the waiting room at doctor's offices, you will notice these Snake plants. They are very easy and basically live anywhere. The only thing they don't like is to be overwatered, so pace yourself.

  Aloe Vera    Looks department - 7  Ease of care - 6  Sunny spot -6  For some reason, these fellows are so tricky for me but I love the way they look. And remember that time as a child you burnt your arm on a cookie sheet? Well, I bet your mom clipped off a small piece of this plant and rubbed it on there! They are a win win!

Aloe Vera

Looks department- 7
Ease of care- 6
Sunny spot-6

For some reason, these fellows are so tricky for me but I love the way they look. And remember that time as a child you burnt your arm on a cookie sheet? Well, I bet your mom clipped off a small piece of this plant and rubbed it on there! They are a win win!

  Fiddle Leaf Fig    Looks department - Shawty is a ten  Ease of care - 3  Sunny spot - 8  These are those trendy plants you see in hipster restaurants, Fixer Upper episodes, and probably every Mom blogger posts. Rumor has it Walmart and Lowes do occasionally carry these guys BUT worst case scenario, swing by your local garden nursery and ask for one! 

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Looks department- Shawty is a ten
Ease of care- 3
Sunny spot- 8

These are those trendy plants you see in hipster restaurants, Fixer Upper episodes, and probably every Mom blogger posts. Rumor has it Walmart and Lowes do occasionally carry these guys BUT worst case scenario, swing by your local garden nursery and ask for one! 

  Devil's Ivy  Looks department - 5  Ease of care - 7  Sunny spot - 5  If you need a nice, easy houseplant that trails, these are a very safe bet. You can place them on top of your cupboards, counters, and in hanging pots. I am basically attempting to kill on that I have had for 4 years and they do not go down easily. Trust me.

Devil's Ivy

Looks department
- 5
Ease of care- 7
Sunny spot- 5

If you need a nice, easy houseplant that trails, these are a very safe bet. You can place them on top of your cupboards, counters, and in hanging pots. I am basically attempting to kill on that I have had for 4 years and they do not go down easily. Trust me.

  Fern    Looks department - 9  Ease of care - 7  Sunny spot - 6  Yes, I know this isn't your typical houseplant but don't be afraid to think outside of the box! I love ferns but do not have a good outdoor space, so I brought one inside! 

Fern

Looks department- 9
Ease of care- 7
Sunny spot- 6

Yes, I know this isn't your typical houseplant but don't be afraid to think outside of the box! I love ferns but do not have a good outdoor space, so I brought one inside! 

A couple hints:

  • Name your plants. It helps you remember to take care of them.
  • For plants that don't need a lot of water (like a succulent), just pop an ice cube on top.
  • If your plant starts to turn yellow, gut reaction is too much water.
  • Try watering a little less and talking to it a little more. 

If you are struggling with getting started on your houseplant game, my favorite spot to head is Lowes. They usually have great selections and some funky plants. Just remember to read the tag correctly and pick one that goes best for where you image it being (aka low sun or high sun). Don't fall in love with a cactus and just plop it no where near a window...give that fellow a chance!

Good luck to you and your houseplant!

With Love,

The Lavenders