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Get Started on Your Indoor Garden

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Winter is well underway, and so is your cabin fever. If your green thumb is itching to dig in the dirt and bring something to life, then this is not your season. You may be wondering what you can do to satisfy your gardening craving when it’s bitter in your yard. The answer? An indoor garden. You can grow a wide variety of herbs and other plants with a few simple steps. Here they are:people, gardening, flower planting and profession concept - clos

Herbs

If you like to cook, you’re in luck: herbs are the easiest plants to grow indoors. Do you want fresh basil for that margherita pizza recipe you’ve been eyeing? Perfect. Just plant a packet of seeds in a pot next to a south-facing window. Herbs such as oregano and rosemary grow well and add flavorful excitement to your culinary efforts.

Leafy Greens

Growing leafy greens inside is more involved than growing herbs, but it can be equally as rewarding. Leafy greens require more sunlight than winter days provide, but flourescent grow lights will give your greens the light they crave. Plant your seeds in damp potting soil, water them regularly, and leave the grow lights on for 10-12 hours every day.

Root Vegetables

Round root vegetables like carrots and radishes do not root as deeply as other varieties, and they do well indoors if the seeds are sewn at any point in time from mid-autumn to late winter. All you need is a box, pan or trough to get things rolling.

Tomatoes

You can grow small tomato varieties indoors with some time and effort. You still need to stake the plants so they can handle the fruit’s weight, and most plants will need to be moved to a large container of potting soil as they grow, but the end result tastes like summer.

For more information on indoor and outdoor gardening, contact the team at Olympic Lawn & Landscape at (816) 875-9645 today.

How to Revive a Dying Plant

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reviving dead plantsHouse plants or plants in the garden can be very sensitive and start to wither easily. Having a green thumb isn’t always easy and your plants can brown before you even realize.

Signs of a dying or unhealthy plant are dry, brittle leaves and no growth. If you’re not willing to let the plant die, there are several measures you can take to make it possible to bring them back to life.

Begin by inspecting the plant for last signs of life. Gently remove any brown plant material such as dead leaves so that you only leave what’s green. Even if there’s no green remaining, leave only the plant stem.

Next, you’re going to need to remove the plant from the soil and inspect its roots. If there is any dead plant material in the root system, cut that away as well.

Now it’s time to replant or re-pot your plant what’s remaining of your plant. If you are repotting an indoor plant, use a sterile potting mixture and a pot with plenty of room for growth. For outdoor plants, be sure the hole that you dig is about twice the size as the root ball. Also, work in a few handfuls of compost before replanting.

Once you’ve replanted, be sure you’re watering thoroughly. If you need to, add more soil to ensure the roots are sufficiently covered after watering.

Keep your indoor plant in a warm and sunny area. In order for them to regrow, they need plenty of light. An area that is too cool (or too warm) will inhibit growth.

To keep the plant from drying out in the sunny area, mist it once a day with a spray bottle of cool water. In moist environments, plants are more likely to flourish. Just be careful not to overdo it because you don’t want to cause root rot.

Follow these steps to revive any dying or unhealthy plants that you have this year. For more information or questions about lawn and landscape care, contact Olympic Lawn & Landscape today!

 

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