Friday Wrap: Gardening Edition

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a scorcher out there. We’re talking full sun and temps in the mid to upper 90s. So what better activity than getting outside and overhauling your entire garden? Insert scarcastic emoji here.

This all started because we decided to pull and haul out more than 20 overgrown bushes from around our house last week. Here’s the “before.”

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I couldn’t exactly leave it be and risk getting contacted by our homeowners’ association garden & weed police. I swear it’s a thing. And you don’t want to upset them.

So, this week kicked off with a plant binge at the garden store. I love shopping – and plants. My heart was full. And after hours of blood (minor cut on my foot), sweat (from sweltering summer heat), and tears (from said sweat in eyes), my yard had transformed into a flowering bliss. At least more than its previous condition.

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Now that my plant babies are in the ground and growing nicely, I want to keep them strong. With that, I’m finally getting to my Five on Friday list – the Gardener’s Edition.

Five Things to Feed Your Plants

{ONE} Epsom Salt

This is made of Magnesium Sulfate, which are two minerals crucial to healthy plant life. To use, dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for normal watering at least once a month. Genious – and inexpensive!

{TWO} Vegetable Cooking Water

Next time you boil a pot of brussel sprouts or other veggies, save the water for your plants. The water has tons of nutrients your garden thrives on. Wait for the water to cool before sharing with your plants.

{THREE} Crushed Egg Shells

Egg shells are a double-whammy in the garden. They not only provide a calcium boost to your plants, but also help keep the slugs away. So next time you make omelets, wash and save those shells. Your plants with thank you.

{FOUR} Bananas

When planting (especially roses), bury a sliced banana peel in the hole next to the plant. This provides much-needed potassium that plants need for proper growth.

{FIVE} Your Fingers

You don’t technically feed your fingers to your plants – unless you have venus flytraps. I included this on the list because it’s important to use your hands to pinch any dead blooms (called deadheading) and pluck surrounding weeds that could choke the growth of your plants. It’s like releasing the plants so they can feed on all of the good stuff you’ve provided above.

That’s a wrap!

Have a great weekend. Stay cool, and I’ll see you next week with some straight up organizational tips and other random musings.

-Kate

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