Today I planted my first hops rhizome, a variety called Target Hops. I have to admit hear and now that I did not undertake this activity without expert supervision and, to be fair, I was really only an assistant.
My knowledge of plants come down to 3 key things:
- They need to be put in dirt…eventually!
- They need watering sometimes!
- They need sunlight to some degree!
That’s it, that’s really the limit of my knowledge. I do, however, know how to use google pretty well, so can sometimes seem smarter than I am. This still has it limitations and I generally give up shortly after reading that a plant needs to be in dirt!
As a result, I’m an amateur gardener at most and that’s ok because I don’t need to know or understand all that stuff, we already have some who knows the ins and outs of plants (if there is such a thing as a plant’s in and out).
We have our very own Horticultural Hobbyist.
In the most recent times, my wife has taken to getting plant cuttings and making them grow into new plants. This unique form of magic is called propagating (I think) and it confuses me more than watching Penn & Teller. Alas, it always seems a bit beyond me, all I know is that if I stand still long enough, I may end being propagated!!
This love of plants has meant that our house is slowly filling up with plants. Its amazing how much more comfortable a space can feel with plants in them. The air feels a bit clearer; my farts don’t seem to hang around as long (which is good for everyone’s sake) and the air feels cooler.
Now, this may all be a bit of an illusion (except for my farts, they most certainly are not illusions!), but what is wrong with that. If you think about everything is an illusion to some degree as our world is just a combination of signals received and interpreted by our brain which are smushed together to create our view of the world around us.
I guess, if I look at it logically, I’ve also been bitten by the gardening bug as I have also completed a few projects of the gardening variety. Namely our pallet gardens that produced tomatoes and zucchini, plus some herbs.
My attempts are not on the same scale or have the same attention to detail and care as what my wife has done. But they were somewhat successful, so I’ll take that.
Either way, whichever way you look at it, there are benefits to gardening that cant be overlooked.
Air quality, care, consideration, research and the simple fact of having something to do and look at are all good reasons to get more greenery into your lifestyle. Just make sure the greenery you grow can’t be smoked, drugs are bad m’kay!
And for those of you who are thinking; “I can’t even grow mould on cheese, how am I meant to grow a plant?”, my answer for you my friend is a Trident Blue Plant. These buggees are extremely drought resistant once established and produce yellow flowers in spring. Sure, they aren’t the prettiest of things, but they’ll love you long time!
I really feel that if I can get my hops plant to grow successful than I really will have the greenest thumb.
‘itl next time….. Cheers!