21 March 2011

Green Thumb?

Okay, so I'm pretty excited right now, and not just because Big Love ended in the way that I both predicted and wanted, and not just because my birthday is fast approaching, and not just because I have a new ice cream scoop, and not just because I had a full weekend of [mostly] completing some house projects.

I'm excited because I'm taking on something new: plants.

See, I really don't understand plants.  Like I just don't get them.  I mean, I'm not a complete moron; I understand that they need water and sunlight, and I understand photosynthesis* and all.  But when it gets into all of this bull jive** about shade plants and sun plants and different kinds of dirt and pruning and bees and feeding and all of that--well, I just don't know anything. 

Last summer I planted some hydrangeas, and aside from my brief foray with hydroponics, it was a huge failure.  I kept forgetting to water the little bushes, and the hot Savannah sun just made the plants shrivel into little pitiful piles of wilted sadness.

But then I went outside the other day, and wouldn't you know it?  Those hydrangeas are some resilient little suckers.

So, inspired by my very, very slight success with the hydrangeas, and inspired by Cassie (who is basically a plant genius), I'm trying to find some actual success with plants this year.

But since I'm still a plant idiot, I got this little greenhouse thing from Target.  And it's kind of awesome--so far, at least.

Because, see, you start with these weird little pellets.

And then you pour warm water over them, and they grow BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES!

And then they kind of look like all kinds of things that you will want to make immature jokes about, but that you won't because you're about to turn 30 in a week.

And then you add some seeds.

And then you run out of seeds, but try to find some in the refrigerator.

Then you cover them with dirt (or so I remember from the third grade), and then you put in your little plant markers, and send out happy thoughts.

Wish us luck!

 These are for Caitie, who is newly obsessed with spaghetti squash.

And if this goes well, we'll tackle this next.  Eek!

Any plant tips you'd like to share, friends?

*When Matt and I first started dating, I wowed him while we were watching Jeopardy! by knowing what ATP stood for.  Adenosine triphosphate, for those of you who are wondering.  He was impressed, as he should have been.  I was impressed that that was actually the right answer. 

**My students taught me this term.  Also, it is awesome.


  1. If you're having trouble getting stuff to grow, it could be the PH of the soil. I have a couple friends downtown who had problems when they started trying to plant things. They had the soil tested, and found out the PH was either too acidic or too alkaline (I forget which), but they had to plant certain plants to balance the soil out over the course of 2 or 3 years in order to be able to grow what they want

    If you're just looking at a little box garden, best thing to do is to buy a few bags of potting soil, and then go to Wilm Island Recycling dump and get a few buckets of the massive compost piles they have there. Just get new dirt. Way less cost and trouble than soil tests and balancing the existing soil chemistry.

  2. Ooh, thanks for the tips! I might make you come over here and help me plant stuff.

    Free dirt? Shoot yeah!

  3. I am so happy and proud of you for going green, so to speak. Going along with the pH talk, just FYI your hydrangea's color will be determined by the pH of the soil it was planted in. I once bought a beautiful blue hydrangea and the next year it was pink because of the pH. Go figure!

  4. P.S. I'm on spring break next week. I could so come to your place and rip out that planter box and go to town. Sounds like fun to me!

  5. Heather:

    I did actually know the pH thing with hydrangeas. I think that's so cool! In Savannah, everyone has the bluish/purple hydrangeas because that's the way the dirt is here. Very scientific explanation, huh?

    If you want to get down here and hang out, you totally should. Just hop in the car. We're close to the beach. . .



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