When your houseplants take over.
This whole thing with the house plants simply started when my Mom brought over a spider plant and a Pothos to my house to, “Add some life and color” to my boring bachelor pad, I even still have those plants even after 15+ years!
The spider plant and pothos that my mother gave me have sentimental value to me now that she is gone, so I try my best to keep them alive the best that I can. I seem to be doing something right because they look pretty healthy even after all these years.
From a couple of houseplants to a full-blown hobby!
My obsession with growing plants has now become an obsession more than a hobby in my opinion. After I hooked up with my beautiful girlfriend, who coincidentally is also working at a local nursery near me that I am working at too, the whole house plant hobby grew, and grew, and grew. Yeah, that was a pun.
I ended up renovating one of our spare bedrooms into a plant nursery so we could grow and propagate our plants from cuttings or seeds, which eventually made their way out into our living room. LOL! Check them out in the gallery below.
If you are wondering why some of the images are purplish is because of the grow lights that we use. They are LED Plant Lights for Indoor Plants, Full Spectrum, T5 4FT 60W Dual Growing Strips that I got from Amazon. They give off a lot of light without giving off a lot of heat, and best of all they consume very little energy, unlike how incandescent bulbs do.
- Q: What is the best indoor plant to have?
- Q: What is the easiest house plant to maintain?
- Q: What is the most common house plant?
A: You guessed it, Pothos
But that’s just my opinion from personal experience.
From inside to the front yard.
It’s this time of year I am the happiest when it comes to outdoor plants. I get to show off all the outdoor plants that I started from seed early in the season inside and when I plant them all outside they are already fully grown for the most part.
My best friend’s father who used to live across the street from us said that he liked to sit out on his patio and look at the flowers and the birds and the bees that enjoyed them also. It made his day. I miss that old guy, he was so nice.
Here are a few pics from the front yard. There were too many people out front for me to get it all photographed, didn’t want them to think that I was taking pictures of them because they are psychopathic Idiots. Maybe another post someday.
If you’re wondering if it’s a lot of work, I can tell you firsthand that all of this is a lot of work. But only the preparation and actual planting part, the rest is just watering every other day and the plants do the rest.
It’s not all just indoor plants, outdoor plants, and flowers here…
If I’m gonna grow things outdoors, I’m sure’s the heck not going to miss the opportunity to grow some food too. I built a small 10×10 garden and turned it into a greenhouse which I use to grow plants and vegetables. I can start growing early in the season by using the power of the sun during the day and a propane heater at night just until the nights get warm enough.
I can keep growing vegetables until late after the season ends using the same technique as I did when there is still a bit of snow on the ground in the spring. I can do this until the temperatures drop below -10’C – -20’C, but after that, paying for propane to burn day and night just isn’t cost-effective.
Check out my little hoop house greenhouse inside and out.
Too much food for just two of us.
Harvest time we usually have to give some away because it’s just too much for the two of us here. But lately, with the good neighbors moving away and terrible ones moving back in, we’ll probably dehydrate some and give the rest to the food bank.
We aren’t going to be growing broccoli next year. They get too many tiny green worms in them and I can’t shake the thought of them after we detected them in our first harvest. BLECH! We didn’t use any pesticides, so now they have a bunch of broccoli to keep them away from the rest of the garden. Or maybe I’ll chop them down and throw them into the compost pile.
Growing indoor plants to sell on Marketplace has been both a hobby and fun for me. I will be selling outdoor plants for next season. I hope it works out. But the whole process isn’t as tedious as one would think. It’s actually quite rewarding and fun. Sure it makes us a few bucks for beer money, but it’s worth it.
If you have any questions for me to answer, comment below and I’ll try my best to get you the answer that I think you need.
I hope you enjoyed my little show and tell of my plants and garden. I sure enjoyed writing this post.
Now I better get back to it. I have another propagation wall to finish putting up because I have a lot of cuttings to get done up soon also. Everything is growing so fast that I’m starting to have a hard time keeping up. That’s a good thing right?