My developing plant craze!

I’ve recently been drawn to plants. I have this sudden interest in them and the more I’m learning, the more I’m enjoying this new hobby (I think I can call it that). I never thought that I would be planting seeds, re-potting plants, nurturing them and watching them grow. Sounds kinda old people ‘ish right… But I kid you not this plant growing thing makes me happy, it is so therapeutic and gratifying.
I think it’s because of the connection of living organisms on the whole. Plants have purpose, just like us and their benefits are multifold. Some of them purify the air, some have healing properties etc. Plants help humans breathe by providing oxygen and in return, humans help plants breathe by providing carbon dioxide. So it’s kind of like a two-way street. This is the almighty’s magnificent creation. I get so excited when I see a plant progressing!

My mint when i first got it in October 2017
5 months later!
My Oregano is still a baby but it’s growing fast

Thus far I have mint and oregano as herbs (coriander in progress). And i literally use these when I cook (the mint is so yum in cream of brocolli soup) and i get that feel good sensation because i know it’s home-grown! I enjoy mint in my green tea as well. Origano is versatile and can be used on pizza, salads, pasta’s and many other dishes. I have hens and chicks and jade as succulents. These remove toxins and they’re so easy to care for. They require minimal watering which is perfect in drought stricken Cape Town at the moment (May we be blessed with sufficient rainfall soon Ameen). I also have a very sad looking aloe, which I’m trying to revive (i hope it’ll work!) as Aloe has many health benefits. I have an Anthurium as a house plant for decorative purposes but it also assists in purifying the air.

My hen is growing chicks πŸ™‚ The chicks can be pulled off and re-potted.

Pretty Anthurium! You also find them with red flowers.
I seem to have rubbed off on the kids because on our visit to stodels recently, they asked if they could have some seeds to plant. This was so cute! I love that they are also developing an interest in wanting to get in touch with nature. It would also give them a sense of responsibility when they see that which they are taking care of is growing. I want them to learn to appreciate the beauty that we have been blessed with and be more appreciative of their surroundings. At the same time they can enjoy messing in the soil and getting their hands dirty. So they planted some lavender, and they’ve been checking on it everyday…we’ll see how that progresses

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These are the kids’ lavender that they planted a few days ago. Fingers crossed that they grow!
Even my hubby seems to have latched on (although he denies it lol) to the latest craze in our home. He DIY’d me a wooden planter (additional to my existing one) for the outside plants, I’m so excited to get some plants in it!

Share some of your plant growing journeys with me in the comments section πŸ™‚

That’s all from me for now! Thank you for reading

Love

Fatima

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2 thoughts on “My developing plant craze!

  1. slm dear, they are beautifull. I wont say I am planting anything really but I took a stem of Mint from in laws but it keep on Dying and growing again. leaves does not get grow very big I think the sun burns it mostly. I also have a lemon tree , grew so nicely but the caterpillars always eating the poor leaves. I am not mobile and cant really get to stodels so what can I use for the lemon tree? also do I have to buy soil?

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    • Wslm Naa’ilah shukran so much, I’m still in the very early learning stages but so eager to learn more! I’ve found that mint does not want too much direct sunlight and they require lots of water but also good drainage so as to not sit in overly wet soil all the time. Mine was on the window sill for a long time before moving it outside, so perhaps you could try moving it to a semi-shaded area where it could maybe get morning sun/afternoon shade or vice-versa. You are so lucky to have a lemon tree! Unfortunately I do not know anything about lemon trees lol but I’ve heard that mixing some dish liquid with water in a spray bottle and then spraying it onto your leaves acts as a very good pesticide (and it’s inexpensive too). If you give it a try, let me know if it works!
      I found that different types of soils appeal to different plants. I generally use potting soil for most of the plants and then cactus soil for the succulents. Hope this helps! Keep me posted!

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