Happy Earth Day everybody! Okay, so I may be a day or two early, but I’m just excited to celebrate it! 😉
One of the things I was really looking forward to as our baby girl got older was getting to take her outside and enjoy some good old fashion gardening. I had these visions of the two of us playing in a little vegetable garden or flower bed, enjoying the sunshine and playing in the dirt. And while this is a wonderful notion, I have come to learn two things since I concocted this little dream of mine. One, my toddler has very little interest in playing in a garden with me. Two, as much as my little heart wants to, I am a murderer of plants.
No really, I kill everything plant-related. Unless it’s one of those hardy Florida “nothing but the hand of God can kill you” kind of plants, but even those I make pretty nervous.
When I realized this truth about myself, I decided to turn to succulents. They’re all kinds of awesome: beautiful, low maintenance, and cheap enough that if I find a way to kill them too it’s not too hard to replace. So far, I’ve only killed two and a half! And I say half because one died but then a little bright green stem popped up, so we’re hoping for a comeback!
Then miracle of miracles, I had two other succulents that were living! Woot woot!
The thing was, even though they were surviving my black thumb, they were looking a little leggy. Which according to gardeners, and others much smarter than me, that meant it was a perfect time to propagate.
Don’t get too impressed by my fancy gardening term I just threw out at you. Propagate, when referring to succulents, means to cut them back to the main stump, while pulling all the leaves and bud on top to try and grow new succulents from them. All three parts of the succulent have the potential to grow new plants. Which means, if done successfully, you can essentially turn one $1.50 succulent into a forest of succulents for free.
While perusing Pinterest, I stumbled onto an AWESOME tutorial on succulent propagation from Needles and Leaves. She did such an amazing job walking you step by step through the propagation process, that she even made me, an admitted plant killer, brave enough to give it a shot!
That’s how baby girl and I ended up playing in the dirt, potting succulents. Well, I was potting and placing succulent pieces. Baby girl was picking hibiscus flowers and eating dirt. Even if all the succulent pieces die, I’ll probably do it all again just to watch her picking flowers. She was having the time of her life.
Although she didn’t really care for mommy not letting her eat the succulent pieces or cactus soil. She thought I was pretty lame. 😉
The thing is even though I have zero gardening skills, it’s something I really want to learn and enjoy. So I’ll keep at it, and hopefully…eventually…there will be fewer casualties in the process. We’ll see.
What’s that they say about repeating the same thing and expecting different results…oh yea…insanity. 😉
So, are you getting outside and celebrating a little Earth Day? Better yet, have any gardening tips and tricks you’d care to generously share with this anti-gardener? You know I’d love to hear all about it!
Happy early Earth Day!!