For the primary time in a very long time, I’m rising crops from seeds.
Like my grandpa’s garden in the porch, I’ve began numerous seedlings indoors this 12 months — each veggies and flowers. A few of my seeds might develop and a few might not, but it surely certain is fascinating to see what works.
Up to now, my candy peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes are trying fairly good. My cilantro — effectively, not a lot, however I’ve at all times discovered it to be a considerably delicate plant. And my scallions are having a “race” to see the place they develop finest, in soil or water (water is successful).
My greatest shock has been my marigolds: they’re lovely and hardy flowers. I initially grew them for the kids at a preschool the place I assist out and to draw pollinators for my community garden.
However even when I don’t get to plant them outdoor this 12 months, the marigolds will function “flowers for my soul.” This phrase comes from a dialog that I had years in the past with my mother-in-law, Lucy. I had introduced that I refused to develop something that I couldn’t eat. She responded, “Typically it’s worthwhile to develop flowers in your soul.”
And you recognize, she was proper! Watching my marigolds flourish, I’ve realized that rising flowers with no different aim than having fun with their perfume and sweetness can actually convey me pleasure. And the truth that they attract bees and different pollinators to the backyard is unquestionably a plus!
In truth, our group backyard crops have finished rather well and I believe that our little patch of marigolds was one of many explanation why. And so they present a cheerful little pop of colour as effectively.
Maybe you, too, would get pleasure from companion planting flowers alongside along with your veggies and seeing which of them profit your crops and brighten your day. In the event you don’t have room for a backyard, contemplate joining a community garden. Or, you may simply get pleasure from rising a pot of “flowers in your soul.”
Function picture by JamesDeMers from Pixabay. This put up was initially revealed on April 29, 2020.