SHARING/GARDENING - Growing Plants - Frequently Asked Questions By Juz.Carouseling For "Sharing Is Caring" Series
Hello all, First of all, I would like to thank all of you, who supported the "Grow Our Own Food Garden Movements". It is very fascinating that many of you have come forward to touch my heart in your own ways - I received plants of blessings, exchanges of ideas as well as words of encouragements and many more ... At the same time, I also received questions about how to start, how to grow, how can I keep the plants alive, if I have no space in my kitchen what should I do etc ? Let me try to take on each and every questions - 1. How to start ? Well, herbal plants are normally food to our stomach, so I recommended organics (ok, I know I am fussy 😅😅😅) potting soil etc. Of course, you will need your pots as usual. 2. What plants need ? Just like humans, plants will need sun, water and your TLC ! 3. How much of sun the plants need ? There is no straightforward answer to this one as it varies from plants to plants. General rules are : #you may want to understand what kind of plants you own - full indoor, shady area, full outdoor etc. # you may need to introduce sun elements to young plants slowly for full outdoor plants. Like introducing solid food to babies. # you may want to consider the area in your location to place your plants - morning sun is better than afternoon sun. Of course, some plants, such as adult dill and pandan, doesn't really care as they are resilient. #you may want to keep in mind the floor you live on - lower floor is likely to receive less heat than higher floor (make sense ?), so you need to adjust the position of your plants accordingly. 4. How much of water the plants need ? There is no straightforward answer to this one as well and it varies from plants to plants. Most plants like water but not too much as their roots may rot. General rules are : # You need to be aware what kind of potting containers you are using - holes at the bottom or no hole like mason jar glass ? Clay ? Ceramics ? Plastics ? #You can test the soil by touching and rubbing the soil with your fingers and see how wet it is. #You can observe how dry is the soil in your next watering exercise. If it is too dry, it means you need to shorten the cycle or add a little more water (but please don't drown the plants ok ? ). If it is still wet, you need to adjust the amount of water you feed. 5. What can I do for TLC ? #You will need to check your plants for insects, bugs (usually white or black in colors and under the leaves) and odd growth, such as yellow and black spots on the plants. You will need to remove them quickly as they can spread, sometimes very fast. I do not suggest using chemicals, especially on herbal plants as they are food to our stomach. You can wiped them off using wet towel if it has not infected into the structures of leaves, stems etc. Worst case is that you trim them away. #You need to flip the soil every 3 to 6 months, so the roots can grow or have new space to grow. Soil will slowly harden with constant watering (and heat from sun). At the same time, you check the condition of soil and roots to ensure they are not infected by insects, bugs etc ? Treat them accordingly or change soil ... #Lastly, you need to trim your plants regularly, so they can grow better (probably faster too). When you trimmed, you can eat the fruits of your own labour and love. If you have too much, you can always bless your neighbours or some social enterprises' kitchen with whatever you have and save their costs of production. Maybe even share your methods of growing, so they can self sustainable. 😉😄 6. Where is the best place to plant these plants ? #From the point of convenience, I would say kitchen, especially it is in the morning sun direction. Can you imagine ....you can just walk to your plants, trim, wash and throw them into your dishes when cooking or during preparation. Plus, herbal plants in your kitchen will give the environment a nice smell. Don't you agree kitchen is the ideal place ? 7. What can you do if you have no space in kitchen ??? 😓😡😣😭😭😭😭 #I have gathered a few images from google search to share with you - see pic#2-4. Images are credited to each individual image owners. You can find more of these ideas by googling "Herbal plants kitchen ideas". 8. Can you make your own fertiliser and compost to save cost ? #Yes, you can. You can add your own peels - apple, orange, onion, garlic, veg, etc or even egg shells into the soil to create your own compost & fertiliser. It is healthy and you have better control what you put in. Here is a link - https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=how+to+make+your+own+compost&oq=how+to+make+your+own+compost&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.13130j0j4&client=ms-android-samsung&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8, I am sure there are enough info in the link to help you ! You need to mix it into the soil (if you don't have a separate compost bin), so that you won't see flies swarming around your plants ! 😅😅😅 Hope these help ! Bottomline is to be creative and innovate. Recycle and upcycle. Have a enjoyable planting experience ! Please share this message, so we can reach out to more people. Thank you, in advance, for your kind gesture ! Thank you for reading !