Sustainability in the Garden

As our awareness of the environment grows, our daily actions immediately come into question. We now realize that what we bring into our house and what we throw out of it has a direct influence on our habitat. And our respect for the land is imminent for future generations, so sustainability is top priority for us in many ways.

What is Sustainable Gardening?

Sustainability is the ability to maintain a balance between all elements within the equation. Sustainability, as it relates to the garden, is the concept of working the land without damaging the soil and surrounding occupants.

How to Create a Sustainable Garden

Before you go all-in and redo the entire yard, there are simple steps to start implementing right now as you thrive for a more sustainable landscape:

Be water-conscious. Water is an incredibly precious resource. It’s so vital to our well-being that towns regulate the days, times, and amounts of water you can use for exterior projects, such as watering lawns or newly planted trees. Manage your output by cutting back on watering the lawn, and allow the roots to grow deeper. This will make the grass more sustainable in times of drought. And If you’re installing a new landscape or preparing a vegetable garden that will need water, consider collecting rainwater to keep your plants thriving.

Use mulch to help manage excessive watering. Mulching around newly installed tree and shrubs will immediately help retain moisture right where the plants need it most. Additionally, using mulch as a groundcover for your entire landscape, instead of rock, will help rainwater reach all your plants along with natural nutrients!

Go organic.The underlying premise for sustainability is to do right by the environment, and using chemicals for your lawn, landscape and otherwise, can be harmful and sometimes unnecessary. Selecting organic products to maintain your lawn’s lush appearance, grow the largest tomatoes, or keep your petunias flowering is a happy medium.  

Plant more. Adding more plants to your landscape might seem counterintuitive to the water-wise suggestion made previously, but in the long run, the right plants will be a great benefit to your landscape. Trees, such as oaks, maples, and honey locusts, will grow to shade the lawn (for less watering to keep the grass green) and the house (for fewer utilities to maintain the interior temperatures). Perennials and ornamental grasses will provide seasonal color while stabilizing the ground with their expansive root structure.

Additionally, selecting plants native to your region is the ultimate goal for a sustainable landscape. Plants that naturally grow in your climate will require less watering, little to no fertilizing, and will easily thrive will little maintenance.

Minimize the green space.Anyone who knows me knows that a lush, green lawn is not a top choice in my playbook, especially if it’s high maintenance. And sustainable gardening practices agree. Adding garden beds with native perennials and grasses will minimize the amount of water and mowing required for a lawn. Plus, if designed for the seasons, you’ll have a picturesque view all year round.

Grow your own food. Another way to cut back on the lawn is to make space for an edible garden. Growing your own vegetables, berries, and herbs not only minimizes your trips to the grocery store, but it’s also an opportunity to teach younger generations how to be self-sufficient.

A self-sustaining garden or landscape doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start with a few ideas and grow from there. Mother Nature will thank you!

How to Revive a Dying Houseplant

Now and again a houseplant needs rejuvenating. Just as you might retreat to the spa to re-boost your mind, body, and soul, plants could use some self-care too. It can take a little detective work to determine when your plant needs some extra attention and even more discovery to find a solution.

The best way to stay on top of your houseplants’ needs is to regularly observe them throughout the day, week, and months. Watch how the leaves move. Do they reach for the light? Are they drooping on occasion? Pay close attention to the leaves’ colours. They can fluctuate through the seasons and be a sure-tell sign of an underlying issue. When you have a good sense of your houseplant’s personality, you will know when it needs your help.   

We’ve outlined some of the most common issues that affect the health of a houseplant, along with ways to bring them back from the brink.

Repotting Houseplant

Repot = Refresh

Sometimes your plant just needs more room to grow. Like a toddler busting out the seams of their pants, your houseplants need to size up to stay thriving. When your plant is ready for an upgrade, the leaves will start showing stress, typically abnormal yellowing. Or the plant will dry out quicker than normal as the numerous roots are sucking up all the moisture. Sometimes, your only clue is that your plant is literally crammed into its container.

Before giving it more room to breathe, ensure the new container is large enough and you’ve got the right soil composition to give your plant a smooth transition.

Sunlight is Powerful

As mentioned previously, the sun shifts with the seasons. While your Birds Nest fern was basking in the warm afternoon sun a few months ago, these days he might be desperate to catch some rays. You may notice a change in leaf colour and the plant not taking in as much water as before. A little extra light might be all your friendly fern needs. If your area of the universe is exceptionally dark, consider purchasing a grow light to supplement the offseasons.

Caring for Houseplant

Tend to the Pests

It’s bound to happen. At some point, either you, a guest or your child will unintentionally usher a bug into the house that instantly flocks to your prized Prayer Plant. You’ll most likely see the damage first on the foliage – be it a browning spot, a crackle on a leaf, or sheer holes in the middle of the leaves. The first step to combat the pest is to spray the plant with soapy water. Any dish soap will do, and you only need a little. If that doesn’t work within a couple weeks, consider something a little more powerful such as a houseplant insecticide.

If you misjudged your watering habits and accidentally drowned your Chinese Evergreen, you might notice gnats emerging from the soil like the day of the dead. That’s a fairly easy fix. Ensure you’re allowing the soil to dry before the next watering. If you’re impatient and tired of swatting bugs, pull the plant out from its container to drain the excess water.

Fertilizing Houseplant

Sprinkle Some Fertilizer

Like a vitamin boost, your houseplants may need extra nutrients too. Spring is typically the best time to add fertilizer to your plant – it’s when they really start sprouting. Be careful with this solution. You can easily burn your plant by adding too much fertilizer and at the wrong time. Read the instructions in detail and apply only after you’ve considered all other potential issues that might be affecting the plant. Consult an expert for additional advice.

Air Status

Another dreaded side effect of winter is dry air. While you’re working hard to keep your plants’ soil moderately wet, it may be that the foliage needs some moisture too. Some plants are more finicky than others in regards to the air’s humidity. Weekly misting of houseplants such as Fiddle-Leaf figs or White Fusion calatheas could help them get through the drier months. A quick Google search specific to your plants’ needs might help you make the right decision. But as always, we’re here to help. Send us a message and we’ll walk you through how to revive your dying houseplant.

Houseplants for the Bedroom

The bedroom is an extraordinary place. It’s where you rest your head at night and where you rise for a brand new day. It’s where you get dressed for your daily obligations or relax with an evening read. It’s also where the magic happens – if ya know what I mean.

It’s a space for, relaxing, rejuvenating and romanticizing – and it’s one that could use a little houseplant influence in all those aspects. Influence your mood and recharge your body with the help of these foliage friends:

plant for the bedroom

For Relaxing

The hardest part of going to bed can be getting to sleep. And when counting sheep doesn’t work, you need to find better ways. These houseplants will boost the oxygen levels of your bedroom and filter toxins that are hindering your ability to get some Zzzzs.

spider plant for the bedroom

Spider Plant
Don’t let the name scare ya, the spider plant’s overarching style will airdrop oxygen-filled puffs right to you. Arrange the shelf above your bed to keep the pups out of your hair but within breathing range.

golden pothos plant for the bedroom

Golden Pothos

Like a gold coin, you’ll want to keep this NASA-approved pothos on your nightstand. Its variegated leaves are super efficient at clearing pollutants from the air in its immediate surroundings.

aloe plant for the bedroom

Aloe

Wouldn’t it be magical if there was a plant that monitors the air quality of your sacred space while also filtering out the toxins? Say aloe to your little friend. If the space around you is saturated with too much of the bad stuff, this plant will work to flush it out.

peace lily plant for the bedroom

Peace Lily

Like the name implies, peace be with you and your bedroom. Peace lilies absorb toxic spores into their leaves, eliminating the hazard and reinfusing your space with healthy, breathable air.

snake plant for the bedroom

Snake Plant

Another questionable name, but make no question about its hyper-oxygenating abilities. The Snake Plant takes in carbon monoxide during the day to deliver boosts of oxygen during the night — right when you need them. There are only a few plants with this magical skill, making it a must-have replacement for counting sheep.

For Your Mood

Let’s flip the switch for a moment and turn on your morning attitude with sensory houseplants that will enhance your focus.

mint plant for the bedroom

Peppermint

For an instant boost of alertness, twiddle your fingertips on a leaf of peppermint and bring them to your nose. If you’re feeling extra spicy, improve your morning breath, post brushing, by snagging a leaf to chew on between home and the office.

lavender plant for the bedroom

Lavender
A plant that works double-time to calm your mood and help you sleep, lavender will be your best bedroom mate. Bask in its aroma when you’re anxious about the daily grind.

lemon balm plant for the bedroom

Lemon Balm

The natural scents of Lemon Balm will naturally boost your mood. The lemony scent appeals to the chemical in your brain, norepinephrine, that’s responsible for creating your sunny disposition.

For Your Lover
Your love life can be directly affected by how well you sleep. And rightfully so, your love life can be directly influenced by the plants you surround yourself by.

orchid plant for the bedroom

Orchids
Another night-oxygenating plant but with a pretty face. Orchids are a great gift – but spend your time loving on your partner and not the plant. Orchids prefer a more standoffish relationship.

anthurium plant for the bedroom

Anthuriums

The flower power of an Anthurium is sure to impress your soulmate. Its exotic flare will invoke a tropical vibe and take the sultry factor up a notch.

fern plant for the bedroom

Ferns

When the temperature gets too hot, and the air gets humid, ferns will flourish in your bedroom and gladly absorb the extra moisture.

 

Indoor Citrus Plants for the Home

plants in living room


Citrus fruits are by far the most versatile fruits out there. Whether you’re whipping up a savoury dinner, a sweet dessert, or a zesty cocktail (or three), a squeeze of the sour stuff goes a long way, helping to achieve that perfect balance of flavours. We’ve all had that moment in the kitchen where halfway through preparing guacamole, you realize you’re fresh out of limes, and must begrudgingly abandon your taco tuesday meal prep to rush over to the grocery store. So, why not skip the trip and start growing citrus plants indoors? It’s the best way to ensure you’ve got freshly picked lemons, limes, oranges and more, exactly when you need them.

Meyer Lemon


Meyer Lemon

We’re a little obsessed with the meyer lemon tree. Lemons have become a seriously trendy motif in fashion and home textiles, so why not take it to the next level and keep an actual lemon tree in your home? It’s the perfect combo of style and functionality, with endless uses for this sour, tangy fruit.

The most important factor determining whether your meyer lemon tree will flourish or flop, is the contents of its soil. To prevent the roots from getting waterlogged, a mix of ⅓ peat moss, ⅓ organic matter and ⅓ slightly acidic soil should be optimal conditions for your tree to thrive. This self-pollinating plant will need some fertilizer to produce fruit, but don’t mix it in with the soil— instead, sprinkle it on top so you don’t jumble up the roots.

Keep your tree close to a bright window, because this plant needs a healthy dose of sunshine each day. Water it thoroughly, but like most other dwarf trees grown in containers, you should make sure the soil dries out between watering. They also tend to like more humid climates, so during the dry winter season it will definitely help to set up a humidifier nearby, but a delicate mist of water every now and then should also do the trick. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Key Lime is also known as Limequat


Key Lime (AKA the Limequat)

These tiny limes made famous for their outstanding contributions to the pie world are another fantastic option for indoor citrus trees. They prefer similar soil conditions to lemons, and they’re pretty easy to care for. Don’t overwater, but don’t let them get too dried out either. Just let the top inch of soil dry out in between waterings.

The more sunshine dwarf lime trees receive, the better. A single tree can produce fifty pounds of limes per year! That’s a lot of margaritas. While it is considered a self-pollinating plant, when indoors it doesn’t mind a little help with getting the job done, so once it starts to produce its little white flowers, pop one off and rub it on all the other flowers on the plant. The incredible fragrance it releases, paired with its natural air-purifying properties will leave your home smelling better than anything an aerosol freshener could ever achieve.

Kumquats


Kumquats

The centennial kumquat variegated is a great species to grow indoors, and the fruits are a little bigger and sweeter than other varieties. One thing to keep in mind with the kumquat plant is that they don’t like their roots to get too cramped in, so pick a big container with lots of drainage holes, and elevate it over a water tray to help maintain proper moisture levels and air circulation.


Styling Tips for Plant Shelfies

young woman setting up plants on bookshelf

Some people fill their walls with framed botanical art, abstract imagery, family photos or decorative antlers. They create visually appealing 3D gallery walls that encompass all their personality traits and then some – and they’re gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. They immediately set the tone in a room and give guests something to view in between glasses of wine during social gatherings.

And then there are some that have mad “plant shelfie” game 🌱

Plant parents from all over the Insta-galaxy are now tagging #plantshelfie in a organic movement to express yo shelf as it overflows with their favorite houseplants. These people fill their walls with shelves to put their plants on display next to their favorite books and sentimental accents. They create living, three dimensional walls filled with overflowing spider plants, upright peace lilies, and perfectly petaled succulents. And then they sneak in memory pieces: an heirloom figurine from Grandma, a poetry book from their current boyfriend, and a letterboard with this week’s motivational statement.

plant perfectly placed on top of books

Tip #1: Perfectly Placed
Before you go drilling holes all over the place, check for studs in the walls to attach your shelf to ensure proper support. It would be a tragedy if you finally got your shelf in order only moments before it fell from the weighted pressure. If you can’t find the studs (they’re hard to find, trust me), go ahead and tack onto the plaster – but not before reading this how-to article from Hunker.

If you’re yearning for instant shelf-gratification, consider propping a ladder against the wall. Gardenista has some clever ways to make this work for you.

plant colour scheme

Tip #2: Style for YOU
As with any designing aspects, it’s got to speak to your soul. The colours and textures have to resonate with your personal taste or you’re not going to be proud of your finished product. If your preferred colour scheme is cool hues of blue and teal, like the airy ocean, select plants and containers to complement that feeling.

If you’re yearning for a display to invoke motivation, spark inspiration, and keep your day vibrant, select warm, bright spectrums to keep your mind alive.

young woman reading book with plant shelfie behind

Tip #3: Balance is a Wonder
Typically, plant shelfies are asymmetrical as houseplants naturally take on their own shape throwing off the whole balance of a combination. Grouping similar pieces in threes or fives will help create a cozy display that complements differing sizes. Allow the overarching leaves of plants to span beyond a shelf’s boundaries, even if it pulls at your symmetrical tendencies.

Tip #4: Give ‘em Room
Shelves come in all sizes, as do plants. Place your houseplants appropriately so they can still flourish and provide you the inspiring visual you crave. Also, create a vignette that’s easy to access so you can water freely or review that poetry book before an evening out with the boo without a neck-breaking balancing act.

 

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Home Styling with Houseplants

living room with houseplants

If you’re anything like me, you’re flipping through the latest issues of Magnolia Journal or Elle Decor while you stand in line at the grocery store, fantasizing about what your home could be – or looking for inspiring styles that you can incorporate into your current space. 

Or maybe you’re like me in the sense that you endlessly scroll through Pinterest and Instagram seeking a spark of creativity to F I N A L L Y pull your home office together for a boost of motivation to hammer out projects.

Or maybe you’re really like me, and you do both. I hear ya, sista. And if you’re starting to incorporate plants into your interior space (because your office really needs them for optimal brain power), you may find yourself struggling a tish to pull it all together. Or maybe not. 
Regardless, I’ve got some quick tips to styling your houseplants in their best light – for them and for you – and some inspiring plant ladies you can stalk while you’re unloading your next cart of groceries.

Design Tip #1 Feel free to browse any and all visual platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest looking for ideas, but in the end, you’ve got to stick true to your personal style. Otherwise it’s not going to jive. If you’re inclined to black and white, clean lines in the home, I don’t care how popular warm boho beach hues are, it’s not a fit.

Design Tip #2 Along the same lines, take a good look at what vibe your current interior space gives. If it’s warm, cozy, hygge, that really sets your evenings on fire, then follow that suit. If you’re still searching for your style, or it’s evolving as YOU evolve. I get it. My fashion sense changes with every milestone. Take this quiz from Apartment Therapy (another great source for trending design styles – and life) and search appropriately. Teaser Alert: I took the quiz, scored Artful Bohemian, and that is sooo me!

living room designed in the konmari method

Design Tip #3 Once you’ve got a good feel for your home-girl swagger, it’s time to evaluate your decor props. This is a process that’s both fun, exciting and kind of messy. Start by grouping together your favorite pieces, there’s no sense staging a vase, container or piece of art if it doesn’t trip your trigger. Seriously, if you’ve got extra chaos in your space, take a cue from Marie Kondo, tell it “thank you” and pass it along. Bye.


Bonus Tip: If you feel you’re missing a few inspiring elements, my go-to shopping spree is Etsy. Those hand making mavens are an instant boost of fashion sense. Extra Bonus Tip: If this part of the process ever gets tedious or frustrating and has you reaching for another glass of wine. That’s fine. Get your refill, and then step away. Clarity comes with a little time for playful imagination.

preparing for plant parenthood in the living room

Design Tip #4 Bring on the plants! If you already have some favorite, oxygen-enhancing foliage friends living in your home – great! Start mixing them into the fold. If you’re ready for Plant Parenthood, but not sure where to start, congratulations. That’s what we’re here for. You can start by taking a quick quiz we put together to help you find your SPIRIT PLANT. Because as mentioned before, let’s avoid anything that’s not raising our spirits (including that glass of wine – how’s that doing?).

Design Tip #5 START DESIGNING. You got this. Move pieces, remove pieces, add extras, imagine extras. Put a vignette together and see how it resonates with you. When I pull together my favorite pieces and pair them with my favorite plants, I look for growth styles, colours and textures that energize and complement their companions. For example, the upright, strict structure of the ZZ plant, next to a easy-flowing vining ivy will add two dimensions of character. Or go bold with the dark burgundy leaves of the Rubber Plant and add Silver Satin pothos for contrast.

PRO TIP #6 If you’re still not feeling it. If your personal designing mojo isn’t putting together a view you can get excited about, come design in our greenhouse. Feel free to bring some of our favorite decor pieces — or a picture of your space — and we’ll help you match houseplants to your style, light, and spirit animal.

Kaekoo Shop, Studio Plants, Jnaydaily

In the meantime, as promised, check out these inspirational homes styled with houseplants that raise my jealousy meter by a full Fiddle-Leaf fig tree.

Kaekoo Shop: When clean lines meet a desert boho vibe and plants soften the space. She makes me want to cozy-up to her cactus.

Studio Plants: For a fresh take on greenery in the home. Seriously, her Instagram feed will put a spring in your step.  

Jnaydaily: For an daily reminder to LOVE YO SELF, and take plant selfies.

Follow the hashtag: #UrbanJungle for all plant-filled spaces chaotic and poetic all in the same.

Hey, and if you’re feeling generous, give us a follow: SalisburyGreenhouse. We’ll share insta-plant goodness as it rolls into the greenhouse.

Final Tip: Give a lil, get a little. If you’re following trendy, houseplant stylers, or interior designers that really have a beat on how to pull together a vignette, share with us on Facebook or Instagram! We could all use a more plant inspiration.

Benefits of Workshops, Beyond the Obvious

making succulent crafts at a workshop

Benefits of Workshops, Beyond the Obvious

Why We Offer Workshops
Easy Living Projects
Conversation Starters
Projects for Growing Patience

 

I realize the idea of playing with dirt doesn’t sound too appealing. The last time I made a mud patty was close to 30 years ago, when playing outside in the mud was highly encouraged. Most likely my mom’s desperate idea to get us out of her hair, and mud is a pretty safe toy.

Nonetheless, our workshops are so much more than a play date at the dirt pile. The physical act of working with your hands, being creative and gathering socially with like-minded folk is better than any therapist session, in my opinion.

 

Why We Offer Workshops

We recognize the need to step away from the computer and take a casual stroll amongst the fresh greenery and flowering plants. This is a daily routine for many of us at Salisbury Greenhouse. And a daily reminder of the many benefits:

The mind is instantly clearer. The greenhouse’s “open” ceiling seems to open to the sky and opens one’s mind to flush out any chaos. The sun’s rays give an immediate boost of vitamins and energy to carry on with the day.

Our senses are engaged. And in turn, our brain is engaged. The fresh scents of flowers and soil have a way of grounding our soul and igniting our awareness. The overabundance of oxygen from the working houseplants will fill your lungs with motivation.

It’s an illusion of spring. The warmth of our greenhouse in the middle of a Canada winter is a godsent and works to combat seasonal depression, as we’ve mentioned before.

We’re less likely to smack a co-worker. I kid, I kid. But the reality of life is there are moments when a good “walk in the park” puts perspective to any situation. Even a tense one.

Plus, we get our “steps” in. I know you’re counting. Every. Day.

We want to share this greenhouse goodness with you. And what better way to enjoy our space than playing in the dirt like the 6 year old child you once were and creating a piece of living art unique to you and full of memories.

This is why we have workshops.

 

Easy Living Projects

If you’re geared up for a group activity, basking in the warmth of our greenhouse, but not quite sure your green thumb is up for the task, we hear you. Succulents are easy to love, easy to care for and we have a couple classes that’ll satisfy your urge for a living centrepiece.

 

Conversation Starters

Like show-n-tell at school, these workshops will have you bragging to all your friends.

Projects for Growing Patience

Mini-gardening is quite therapeutic, especially when it’s tabletop friendly. Master your skills on a micro level with one of our workshops themed for tiny details.

 

This is just the beginning, folks.
We have a full lineup of workshops for the 2019 year. Scout them out, bring your friends — heck, bring your kids! .It’s an activity for all to enjoy and benefit from.

 

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Mastering Plant Parenthood

Watering Plants

Mastering Plant Parenthood

Picking a Plant
Too Much of a Good Thing: Food and Water
Pots of All Shapes and Sizes
Listen When it’s Talking to You

 

“Bringing home a new plant is like bringing home a baby from the hospital: you’re in charge, you’re nervous, and you don’t know what it wants.”

 

With 90% of people worldwide now spending a whopping 22 hours per day inside, it’s no wonder we’re falling out of sync with the natural world. We’re not out there to enjoy it! But houseplants are our nature-defying way of bringing the outdoors indoors, filling both our decorative and emotional voids. They allow is to bring a splash of fresh, green life into our homes to boost our aesthetic, while giving us all the amazing benefits that plants bring to the table, like cleaner air! As natives of the wild world outside the walls of our homes, though, they do need a little care to transition to their new life. Lucky for you, I’ve got the top tips to make mastering plant parenthood a walk in the park (without actually having to go outside).

 

Picking a Plant

When it comes to beginning your plant parenthood journey, the first place you’ll need to start is picking a plant that will work both with you and your space.

Take a look at your lifestyle. Are you a busy-workaholic with a hectic schedule or a forgetful free spirit? If yes, your best bet will be something with low-maintenance needs and a hardy nature, like a zz plant, snake plant, or succulent. Are you more of a flexible personality or someone who doesn’t mind devoting some time and care to a little, leafy friend? If this is more you, then a pickier plant, like a fabulous fiddle leaf fig, will be right up your alley!

Next, look at your space. What spaces are you looking to take the “vacant” signs off of? Houseplants typically prefer bright, indirect light near a window, but plenty of varieties can flourish in the dim corners, too.

Typically, your plants will also prefer a warm (but not hot!), humid environment. The most popular houseplants are most at home in tropical environments, so dry and cold areas, like those next to a drafty window or door aren’t usually the greatest.

Remember, once you’ve settled on the specifics, you won’t want to make too many frequent or dramatic changes for your plants. They need time to slowly adjust to things like air, temperature, pots, etc. Do your best to keep them as comfortable as possible right from the get-go and you’ll have a much healthier and happier plant.

 

Too Much of a Good Thing: Food and Water

Like all good living things, plants need food and water to survive. The specific needs for each plant will obviously vary, from drought-tolerant plants to bog-loving plants, but generally you can expect the following:

There is such a thing as too much water. When your plant’s thirst is quenched, the roots will stop absorbing water, and if there’s still plenty left in the soil, the roots can start to mold. This nasty phenomenon, known as root rot, is dangerous for our plants and challenging to cure. Under-watering is usually as simple to solve as just adding water.

Start your watering schedule with your plant by not following one at all. Every couple of days, stick your finger into the soil to your 1st knuckle. If it feels dry, add water. If it feels wet, you can leave it be for a few more days. You’ll figure out what works for both of you soon enough.

Same thing goes for food, less is more. Fertilizer is great at giving that nutrient boost to our outdoor plants, but indoor plants aren’t exposed to the same wide scale of elements to need a pick-me-up as frequently. Generally speaking, the nutrients added to most potting soils tends to be plenty. If you really think your houseplant needs it, though, feed them only during the growing season – spring and summer – using simple, all-purpose fertilizer diluted in water.

 

Dig in with Alberta’s Best Gardening Blog for more great insights on houseplant care!

 

Pots of All Shapes and Sizes

Sure, when it comes to picking a pot, you’re looking for one that will unite your plant with your decor. However, you also need to make sure you’re picking one that will make your plant happy, too.

When picking a pot for your fresh-from-the-store-bought-plastic-container plant, you’ll want to look at one that will accommodate your plant’s expected growth. I suggest starting with one that it double the capacity of what it started in and working your way up.

Just like a kid outgrowing their winter jacket every year, if your plant is happy and healthy, there’s a good chance it will need a pot upgrade at some point. If your plant starts dropping leaves like they went out of style or just isn’t growing at all, check to see if your roots are winding around the pot. If they are, you’re ready to move up a size.

 

Listen When it’s Talking to You

Bringing home a new plant is like bringing home a baby from the hospital: you’re in charge, you’re nervous, and you don’t know what it wants (just speak English!). It doesn’t feel like you’ll ever be able to understand what it needs to keep it alive. Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out. Your plant will tell you – or, rather, show you – what it needs.

S.O.S. signs from your plant are easy to spot – stunted growth, wilting, discoloured or dropping leaves. They will be your indicators when your plant needs light, water, food, and even air, just be watching for when it does.

 

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when bringing home a houseplant, especially if it’s your first time. Don’t let it get to you, though. With a couple of tips and a whole lot of time, you and your plant will soon find a rhythm that works for both of you, making plant parenting a breeze!

 

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Plant Therapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Having indoor plants can reduce seasonal affective disorder

Plant Therapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Plant Therapy
Plant Therapy: How-to

 

“Just because our Alberta winters are famously bitter doesn’t mean that you need to be.”

 

Winter. There’s a reason why folks call it bleak. Despite all the holiday festivities and winter activities, winter can actually induce depression in around 2 million Canadians every year! In fact, 10% of all depression cases are attributed to Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D. So with stats like that, what are we poor Canucks to do?

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s no surprise that cold weather leads us to stay indoors more often than during the sunny summer months – it’s not like there are pool parties to attend or softball games to take part in. This reduction in sunlight exposure and physical activity are both major contributing factors to this condition. Without precious Vitamin D found in sun rays to keep our serotonin and melatonin levels up, our everyday functions begin to suffer, like sleep, appetite, energy, and mood. Common symptoms are:

– Increased sleep or insomnia
– Decreased motivation
– Irritability
– Frequent crying and heightened stress
– Anxiety and social withdrawal
– Sadness and guilt
– Increased appetite and weight gain

Sure, you can go for common remedies, like light therapy, exercise, psychotherapy, vitamin supplements, and antidepressant medication, to combat these effects, but not all treatments work for everyone and some can be pretty bank-breaking. Recently, though, research has shown the benefits of a new, inexpensive therapeutic treatment that can have pronounced effects on your mood in the winter months – and lucky for you, it’s an excuse to bring home some more plant pals.

 

Dig in with Alberta’s Best Gardening Blog for more great insights on houseplant care!

 

Plant Therapy

It’s simple: surround yourself with a mix of bright and beautiful plants and take pleasure in the practice of tending to your indoor garden. That’s it!

The benefits of keeping plants in your home are plentiful. Not only are they pleasing to the eye, but many plants, such as Spider Plants, Peace Lilies, and Devil’s Ivy, are also very effective air purifiers, keeping your home environment fresh and invigorating. By surrounding yourself with beautiful greenery and engaging in the meditative practice of caring for plants, you can help combat depression during those cold, grey winter months safely and naturally!

 

Plant Therapy: How-To

S.A.D can make it difficult to be productive, so having a workspace full of lush, vibrant plants can help transform your environment into a bright, summer-esque retreat. Curate a lovely variety of hanging planters and potted plants, and set them up in a sunny corner of your living and working spaces to add a little vitality and freshness. You’ll be amazed at the difference colourful blossoms and pops of green can make in your home!

If sunlight is limited in your home, or there just aren’t enough sunny hours in the day, there are many plants that can still thrive in low-light. Consider picking out some Snake Plants, Philodendrons, Pothos, Ivy, Rex Begonias, and Anthurium. They’ll brighten your home and brighten your mood, as well.

If you’re worried about your black thumb interceding on your therapy, essential oils derived from a variety of plants can also have major mood-enhancing effects. All you’ll need is a simple diffuser filled with water and a few drops of the plant oils of your choosing to bring a fresh, invigorating scent into your home, while also triggering an increase in your brain’s production of serotonin, the feel-good chemical. Some popular oils that can help S.A.D are:

– Bergamot: for lifting your spirits and brightening your mood
– Frankincense: for calming the mind and increasing your ability to focus
– Lavender: for easing tension and helping you relax
– Basil: for soothing tension in the body and mind
– Citrus blends: for increasing energy and motivation

 

Just because our Alberta winters are famously bitter doesn’t mean that you need to be. If the season’s weighing you down, pick yourself back up again with some new plant pals to boost your mood and your mind all winter long!

 

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Transitioning Holiday Decor to Winter

Christmas presents under the tree and holiday decor living room

Transitioning Holiday Decor to Winter

Keep the Greens
Color Swap
Set the Mood
Reposition Houseplants
Decultter

 

The excitement of Christmas starts well before Halloween and the hype continues right up to the actual day. Decorating for the anticipation of holiday parties, family gatherings, and simple, self-satisfying enjoyment can be a task few interior designers dare to tackle. But as the saying goes: ‘Tis the season! And I hope you hung that holly with full-fledged vigor, strung the popcorn garland while taste testing each row, and set the lights to twinkle all night long.

But just because the carolers stopped singing, doesn’t mean you have to strip your whole home of its festive cheer! To be honest, after all the presents have been opened, the eggnog downed, and Santa cookies are eaten, who has any energy left to redecorate, let alone leave the couch? It’s tough to muster, but I’ve got some ideas that might help the transition seem less daunting and maybe even slightly exciting.

 

Keep the Greens

The winter landscape is bleak and desolate all on its own. Keep some color in your home by repurposing the boughs of your Christmas tree into fragrant accents that last well into the New Year. Clip the most appealing branches to dangle from the mantle and settle them alongside your books on the bookshelf or arrange them for a winter bouquet in your favorite vase.

 

Color Swap

Replace the holly jolly hues of the season, with natural tones and textures that play up the fresh greens you just snipped from the Christmas tree. Add pre-lit branches to continue the evening ambiance and nestle the pinecones in a little tighter. Keep your wreath in its place, but strip it of any decorations — let the greenery speak for itself.

 

Dig in with Alberta’s Best Gardening Blog for more great insights on houseplant care!

 

Set the Mood

Hygge hibernation is this winter’s mantra — where chunky knit blankets are a living room’s necessity and Bergamot scented candles are forever aflame. Display your favorite novels on the coffee table (consider adding a few new ones) and prepare for a series of comfy, cozy evenings in and out of the cold.

 

Reposition Houseplants

I know you made way for your holiday decor by putting the houseplants on the backburner — literally. Bring ‘em back out, put them back on their pedestal and use my winter checklist to make sure they recoup in good form. If you are one of the fortunate few who kept their poinsettia looking pretty (well done!), maintain its festive flair with these quick tips.

 

Declutter

Christmas can come in like a tidal wave. We go from casual, everyday business, to an overwhelming consumption of food, family and just life in general. Cleanse your living areas with a quick walkthrough. Box up decor that may not suit your style at the moment. Don’t throw it away — just tuck it away and save it for next year! Reflect on how the spaces within your house are utilized and consider a New Year refresh.

But do nothing – and I mean NOTHING – before you’ve had a chance to truly reflect on the season. Take in one long last view of the twinkling lights on your Christmas tree. Reminisce on the gathering of friends and family. And try not to step on any Legos!

 

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