I never would have thought that I’d have the discipline for a garden. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Todoist reminding me every few days to water my plants, repot them annually and shop for supplies regularly, I don’t think I could have done it.
It started with one orchid plant that I vowed to get to rebloom. I love the gentle elegance of an orchid and they’re so much more practical than fresh flowers in the home because the blooms last for months. The problem with reblooming orchids is that once people hear about it, everyone thinks you already know how to do it. Before I knew it, I had 7 or so, because people would find them in the trash and bring them to me for resuscitation. I brought a couple back from the brink of death with roots rotting in compacted moss.
If anything, that’s the “trick” with orchids. Most are potted incorrectly, in dense moss or worse, dirt. They’re not as difficult to care for as people think or particularly finicky. Once you repot them in their preferred bark, just water them about every 5 days in the cooler months and about every 3 days in the warmer months and repot them once a year after they finish blooming, around late summer. I clip off the flower spike if they grew a lot of blooms to give the plant a bit of a break, otherwise, I leave it in place. What I get now is orchid plants that are humongous with cascades of blooms on multiple spikes. I didn’t know orchids could grow so many branches or layers. They’re way more gorgeous than what you see at the grocery store.
This convinced me that I should try my hand at growing more food. I already have an Italian parsley plant that is incredibly useful and also very easy to maintain year round in Southern California. I can make chicken piccata at the drop of a hat. How nice would it be to always have produce easily available without having to make a trip to the store?
I was delighted to see that the City of Orange also opened up a seed lending program at the library. Just my luck! I ventured out and picked up the following:
Early Prolific Squash – planted April 18th
Dawn Star Morning Glory – planted April 18th
Valentine Sunflowers – planted April 18th
Large Red Cherry Tomato – planted April 18th
Ruby Gem – Baby Romaine Lettuce
Baby Leaf Spinach Catalina
Ruby Red Chard
I have a bit of an earwig problem where I intended on planting all the lettuces and leafy greens, so I’m waiting it out to see if they go away now that I’ve cleared the weeds they were living in. I’ll probably get around to planting those seeds this weekend. We’ll see how it goes.