All posts tagged: plants

Mint in the backyard

It was like finding gold

Well, guess what… in some corner of our backyard – amidst all the grassy wilderness, I spotted some mint! I was so excited – it was like finding gold! (Or, may be not. I am sure I would be far more excited to find ‘real’ gold than mint). The funny thing is, I am not even fan of mint. I was basically just thrilled to see something “useful” growing – sort of on it’s own. I didn’t plant them, so it must be the previous owners. Cleared the weed around the plants & watered them well. I suddenly feel like I have a green thumb 😉 Now, I am thinking, what do I do with these mints… What should I make? All I can think of is a mint chutney, my mum used to make. Care to share some recipes/ideas anyone? Advertisements

Words of caution

Both SS and me want a nice & pretty outdoors – of course. But neither of us have a green thumb. And the greenary around our house is turning wild.  So we went to Bunnings to get some help. The lady there (very politely) told us to not even bother about buying pretty plants straight away.  We are to kill the weeds (and mow the lawn) first. So we bought this selective weed killer thing called “Weed ‘n Feed”, to “just spray all over”, as advised. Since I had the day off today I thought I would test out my “green thumbness” do the “selective weed killing”. Its just spraying that dust – how hard can it be.  But now I realise that packaging has so many warnings & words of caution that I am quite nervous to spray it. Here is ONE sect of the instructions: DO NOT apply to lawns less than 6 months old  – I guesssss the lawn is pretty old… so we should be fine with this one. DO NOT apply during hot or windy weather …

Taming the wild

Is there a “Gardening for Dummies” book around? I need it. We’ve got a backyard. It isn’t a massive one. But man, the grass can grow quickly in there. Its been 3 weeks since the lawn was mowed (by my brother in law – do not judge… neither me or nor SS – my husband, have done this before) and its wilderness all over again. The previous owners also seem to have planted some “things” around the house, but I am so dumb I cannot even differentiate between weed, grass, fern etc. And neither can SS. And these things are growing “uncontrollably” all over the place. Cancel the search on Gardening for Dummies. Is there a Gardener instead? — This post is also a contribution to The Daily Post.

My first ever potted plant!

This orchid was a house warming gift to us. It is so pretty, would hate to see it wilt. So going to do the best I can to keep it surviving! These 2 videos got me started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CICwr0TRRIA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be6SlBAkfu4 According to the instructions, orchids are not supposed to be repotted when they are in bloom, else they get “shocked” but I didn’t really have a choice. And I may have bought the wrong pot. This was an indoor plant and I read somewhere that these indoor plants can do well in pots without drainage… so this may need repotting.. but that should be a breeze now 😉