What a weekend! We were hard at working gardening and landscaping, Kevan and I have a slight addiction to plants and plant pots. If we see a unique plant or a pretty flower pot we generally pick it up, don’t even get me started on plant sales!
If we pick up a flower, we must then pick up a new pot or vice versa. And should we find free plants or a great plant sale, we know we are not coming home empty-handed. With more plants, the more issue crop up, making it a huge project and undertaking. Is there enough space? where do we put all of them? Do we even have any soil left?
Goldfish Plant, I NEED One Stat!
The weekend of gardening and landscaping began with a phone call from our local greenhouse. Many weeks back I had asked if they could please call me when they got in some Goldfish plants, I had one many years ago and sadly it was one of the many victims of divorce. My plant was left in the home I moved out of, and upon many requests, and grovelling I never got my beloved plant back.
I was ecstatic when the called to inform me that they had four plants arrive, and ready for pick up! Kevan being my Prince Charming of Plants rushed out and picked up my plant. Or so he thought, the sweet chap came home with a Crossandra plant rather than my Goldfish Plant. Rather than return a beautiful plant, we decided to keep it, in the meantime I called the greenhouse and they held my plant at the desk for him to pick up.
Finally, my beloved plant was home! I have always loved the Goldfish Plant, they are so unique and truly do look like Goldfish leaping when they bloom.
All of this Goldfish Plant reminiscing got me thinking about all the plants I lost in my divorce, so I began compiling a list of my favourites.
Saturday Morning “Quick” Plant Shopping Trip
Our morning started out with a double check of the supplies we had at home, and which ones we would need to pick up. With my list of plants compiled and stored on my phone, we set out to find them, purchase them, and bring home to be loved and doted upon. We intended this to be a quick trip as we had many other tasks to complete on top of planting our new finds.
First thing on the list, asides from the plants, was soil. We had officially run out of soil for indoor plants and would need more, we needed soil for all types of plants which meant we needed a crap ton of dirt!
I had no idea the kind of shopping trips Kevan usually does, personally, I am not a shopper, I hate it. I know what I want, I locate the best location to get as many of the items on my list, get in and get the hell outta the store. If I don’t feel up to going to a store, I will order online, crowds are just not my thing. On a rare…. VERY RARE occasion the girly side of me will kick in and I enjoy an afternoon of leisurely browsing the mall, when everyone else is at work that is! Kevan on the other hand, likes to price match in the fliers, online and also in the store.
We hit a bunch of stores( I lost count honestly), price matching, viewing the sales, taking photos of prices and items to compare them with other locations. By noon my feet were screaming at me, my stomach was reminding me that it was in need of nourishment, and my head was filled with so many products and prices. After a quick bite to eat, we had narrowed down what we were going to pick up, and no my friends it sadly was not all located in one location!
I would love to say before long…… Anyways we ended up with everything we needed, the good news was it was now only 4 pm (insert sarcastic tone) and we still had plenty of daylight to get all of our plants potted and into their new homes. All joking aside, Kevans crazy “quick” trip did, of course, save us money, and the photos he took allowed us to remember which location we had found the better deal at.
The Plants We Came Home With
What We Found After All Of That Madness
We discovered that making your own potting soil mix was by far the best and cheapest option for the number of plants we purchased and already owned that were in need of re potting.
I needed 3 different types of potting soil, a regular potting soil mix, cactus mix, and orchid mix. We were able to find the materials to mix two of the soil types at a reasonable price, the orchid mix, however, turned out to be cheaper to purchase already prepared.
As it turns out it is not at all difficult to custom create your own unique and effective potting soil mixes, which is great for cost saving, it is also great for the environment as there is less packaging waste at the end of it all. Making the mix took very little effort, a few supplies, and was pretty quickly mixed up and ready to use.
We set to work immediately by creating an assembly line of soil types, pots for mixing, a tarp to contain the mess, pots and our new plants.
Multipurpose DIY Soil
What You’ll Need
- Peat Moss
- Top Soil
How To Mix
Add equal amounts of each soil into a bucket, mix them all up, add to your pots, inset plant, now enjoy the beauty!
Cactus DIY Soil
What You’ll Need
- Peat Moss
- Top Soil
- Orchid Mix ( I used Miracle Grows Mix)
How To Mix
Using your method of measuring add 3 parts sand, 1 part perlite, 1/4 part peat moss, 1/4 part orchid mix, and 1/4 part top soil. Mix them all up really well, add the mix to your pot, insert your plant, now marvel at how easy that was!
Freebies For Our Pond
Someone posted an add on Kijiji for free ferns, they had them in a garbage bag by the side of the road, free for the taking. Kevan and I picked them up last weekend, brought them home and set them in a bucket of water. Unfortunately, with all the crazy rain we had last week they never got planted. Part of our Gardening and Landscaping weekend included getting these ferns planted along the back side of our pond area.
Finally, they are in the soil, they look a little bit sad right now. I don’t blame them, they were after all torn from their home, crammed in a black garbage bag, tossed to the side of the road, only to be rescued in a super hot vehicle, stuck in a bucket to simmer in their own soil filth and be rained on for a week solid. Frankly, I’d be miserable too! I am confident they will, of course, seek council from a squirrel or something and recover in their new home.
We created this pond area using 90% free and reclaimed items, these ferns were a great addition to this project!
We hope you enjoy making your own potting soil, we would love to hear all about your plants and gardens, please leave us some tips in the comments!