Why Plants in the Home are Good For You

A glasshouse at Chatsworth estate

I don’t need much convincing that green = good. Spaces in my home are dotted with aloe vera, cactuses, flowers from the garden and cuttings from the wild. But plants in the home take management, and if looking after living things usually ends up with dead things a few weeks later for you, I totally get how house plants would be a serious no no. You can learn the tricks of keeping plants alive though and, the benefits of having them around are more, well, beneficial than you might think! I’ve collected a handful of reasons as to why plants in the home are good for you…

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Greenhouse Diaries #2 | The Growth

Greenhouse Diaries #2 | The GrowthWell thank God for that.

The second installment of Greenhouse Diaries after the arduous build would have been a pretty slim report on empty terracotta pots and glum growers HAD our seeds not done such a ruddy good job.

To be fair, dad has been giving them daily tips on how to germinate and the like. I’m pretty sure it was the ‘well done lads, you are doing great but don’t go resting on your laurels’ [again with a pointed finger] that coaxed the seeds to shoots.

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Plant Markers | A [hardly] how-to

Handmade Plant MarkersPlant MarkerPlant Markers

I don’t want to lie to you- this ‘how-to’ can only just count as so. It’s primarily born from an excuse for me to play with my knife and be in the greenhouse, but I reckon that’s as good a reason as any.

Better looking than a lollipop stick and free to boot, you can stick this stick in your seed trays and plant pots to identify what exactly is growing in there. We are partial round our house to planting unknown seeds and so have ‘miscellaneous’ plant markers as well as a ‘perhaps peach?’ stick or two (not one to discriminate, every plant qualifies for the handmade identifier…).

You’ll need a small carving knife, a stick which is about a cm or so thick (X a whole bunch), a hand saw/shears and a biro (a sharpie, due to the greenwood, just won’t do the job).

First off you’ll need to forage for your sticks- if you can’t find enough on the ground use your shears to pluck a suitably sized stick from your garden tree and the saw to cut them to size (make sure you are careful of fingers and thumbs doing this). Somewhere near one end of your stick and using your knife peel off an inch or so of bark. Keep going over this area till you have a space wide enough to write on (you could even get little people to help you out here using a peeler). At the other end you want to make a spike to go in to the soil- striking away from you, use you knife at an angle to get that sharp diagonal cut.

It’s pretty simple. Just write on what you need and wahey- genuinely useful and handsome plant markers and a somewhat legitimate excuse to while away time in your greenhouse with a cuppa as Radio 4 hums in the background…

Greenhouse Diaries #1 | The Build

Old English CottageThe Old Green Shed

This greenhouse [ordeal/joy] has been a family affair.

We pretty jammily landed ourselves this little glass haven as the neighbour decided it wasn’t worth the moving hassle as they went on to (probably less) green pastures.

We took that hassle on the chin. Dismantling the bugger pane by pane we proceeded to womble its shell up the road, much to the enjoyment of passing ramblers.

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