I think we’re overdue for a patio update, with gardening for beginners printable for my fellow newbie gardeners! Things are looking a little chaotic out there right now. Moving furniture pieces around, bringing decor out, repotting plants, needless to say if you could see my patio you wouldn’t be so sure I had any clue of what was going on. But one of the things I have been enjoying most about this makeover is that is has forced me to put my gardening fears aside. And while I am still very green in the gardening world (see what I did there?!), I have learned that gardening doesn’t have to be super complicated. It just takes a little organization and a whole lot of patience.
Only in Florida, would people get excited about working in a rain storm. But that was Phillip and I Sunday afternoon when we decided to take advantage of the cooler weather and work on repotting some plants. Thanks to rain it was actually nice and cool while we worked, and baby girl made for an excellent supervisor. We may have gotten a little wet, but between the rain, James Taylor on Pandora, and our baby girl giggling in the background, we wouldn’t have changed a thing.
It was crazy to me to see what a difference repotting some plants could have. We had some new hanging plants that needed new homes, and some palms that we bought forever ago that looked so sad after years of sitting in the same pot (side note: don’t wait years to repot plants, turns out that’s not a good thing, who knew?!). Seriously, they looked pitiful. But after spending the afternoon re-potting, suddenly each plant looks fresher and ready for us to enjoy out on the patio.
I never anticipated what a learning process this patio makeover would be in terms of gardening.
If you’re anything like me the thought of gardening terrifies you. Every plant you’ve ever owned cowered in fear because it inherently knew its days were numbered. Trust me, I am an expert in this area. But I decided that if I was going to make this patio over, I was going to commit to learn how to keep plants alive. And with all of the landscaping, repotting, and gardening we’ve had to do, I had to learn fast!
I figured out pretty quickly that one of the things I struggled most with about gardening was keeping all the rules straight. These plants need full sun, but these plants only need partial sun. These plants need to be watered everyday while these plants will drown if you water them more than once a week. Are they perennials or are they annuals (what did that even mean?!)? The list just went on and on, to the point where my head would start to spin. But then it dawned on me, if I just took a minute to break it all down and organize the plants that I had then maybe it wouldn’t be so overwhelming.
Insert my beginner gardening printable, aka: the plant tracker. It was a way for me to focus in on what plants I had, and simply list out what they really need, focusing on what I consider the most important parts: sun exposure, watering needs, and if they’re going to last all year or not. Once I had it all listed out, suddenly it wasn’t as stressful as I had thought.
And you know what, it’s worked! By no means am I anything but a newbie in the gardening world, but I’m so excited to say that I’m learning. And my plants are
for the most part living! In my book, that’s a win!
Even though the patio is a bit of a mess right now, with all of it’s moving pieces, I am really excited to report that we will at least of some pretty plants to look at when it’s all done.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to try improving that anti-green thumb, it’s time to get over your fear of killing all things plant life with your FREE plant tracker! Trust me, a little organization will go a long way!
Time to put those anti-green thumb fears aside and get organized! Grab your FREE Plant Tracker Printable here!