The weather seems to have finally stabilized around here, and the birds are chirping full steam ahead. Tulips have come and gone, and our pansies are about to pop. Spring has sprung! I'm lovin' it!
Normally my thoughts would be geared toward seed starting, prepping my garden containers and improving the soil with compost to prepare for a full on veggie garden. With our impending move, my plant thoughts are limited, and mostly directed toward our houseplants who have worked hard all winter long to improve the air-quality in our crappy little rental house.
Jake knows I'm struggling each time we pass another garden stand at the super market, and he's been sweetly trying to appease me with a gorgeous planter of flowers for the front porch. Right now, it just feels like one more thing we'll have to move though. So I'll probably hold off until we're settled in our new place, and then I'll have to cave and get a little something green for our new front porch-something to look forward to!
Did you know that you can shower your houseplants with a little extra lovin' each spring to ensure they'll stick around for the long haul?
A few weeks ago, I gathered our small collection of houseplants and placed them together in the bathtub. Then I simply turned on the shower head and gave them all a quick rinse to cleanse the leaves of the dust and debris they'd been collecting.
I left them to drip dry for several hours before returning them to their places in our house. I've got them semi-strategically placed around the house for optimum air filtration (at least in my mind, I'm no expert).
My last step to refresh all the houseplants was to turn to my favorite green fertilizer- epsom salt. I simply add a few pinches into the watering can and mix with water. If you don't have epsom salt you can try a flat bottle of club soda or any of these other green gardening tips.
Do you clean your houseplants? Have you ever thought of putting them into the shower? Anyone out there clean each leaf individually? (You might have the patience of a saint!)