Plants in pots as yards grow smaller

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Stan Ma­ley Jess Russ and her dog en­joy their small gar­den.

Fol­low­ing the trend of smaller back­yards, smaller units and high-den­sity liv­ing, grow­ing plants in pots is be­com­ing more wide­spread and fash­ion­able, es­pe­cially with wa­ter­wise suc­cu­lents and plants that can han­dle tough con­di­tions.

Jess Russ of Fifth Street Won­thella, is a keen gar­dener and has been at it all her life.

She ex­plained the method she used to prop­a­gate plants from cut­tings.

Ur­sula Clarke, who we fea­tured in the last week’s col­umn, was present dur­ing the visit and asked: “How do you build a pot, Jess?”

“I put car­bon in the bot­tom of the pot,” Jess said.

“The plants like it. You can’t over­wa­ter as the car­bon helps drainage. Then I put the soil on top of that. But I dig a hole in the soil and put my NPK fer­tiliser in that hole be­fore I put the plant in and then wa­ter them.”

“Do you use honey to help a strike,” Ur­sula asked.

“Yes, I do,” Jess said. “I did that this morn­ing. I am ter­ri­ble, if some­thing breaks off I stick it back in the ground. Kevin cuts ev­ery­thing back but I learn to live with it and just walk around the growth.

“Throw it out, Kevin says. But af­ter he’s gone I pick the cut­tings up and put them in. I scrape a bit off the end, about an inch on one side, show­ing the raw flesh of the plant and on that I put the honey. I have a lit­tle jar of honey for that rea­son. Some­one told me that years ago and I have al­ways done that.”

The gera­ni­ums that Jess had grow­ing in pots and in the ground were also dis­cussed.

She re­ferred to pelargo­nium, which she said were a sep­a­rate type of plant.

Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, “Pelargo­nium is a genus of flow­er­ing plants which in­cludes about 200 species of peren­ni­als, suc­cu­lents, and shrubs, com­monly known as gera­ni­ums”.

As Jess was left with the in­evitable bunch of cut­tings for re­plant­ing, the next gar­den­ing ad­ven­ture awaits with Ur­sula ask­ing for re­search on whether it is nec­es­sary to wash all fruit and veg­eta­bles bought from the su­per­mar­kets and fruit and veg­etable shops.

Pic­ture: Stan Ma­ley

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