I am asking those of you with tender hearts to look away…. because this is the ugly side of gardening….lol. I am going to do something others would never try…. but I promise, it does work.
Here I have a beautiful Boston Fern, I have taken it out of it’s pot. It is a lovely plant, and in the next step…. it will become two lovely plants. I am going to cut in in half!
You see, I am now doing something so scary, so horrifying many would never dream of…. I am using a very sharp hand saw and cutting through all of the roots of this fern….. right down the middle of it.
Then I have two halves….. two lovely ferns for my window boxes. You see, my planters are very narrow, and planting the whole fern would be too wide. But I like the size of the big, full Boston ferns much better than waiting on little 4 inch pot ferns to fill in.
So I place each of the halves in a planter and fill them with new potting soil and slow release fertilizer.
Then I place them back in the boxes with my flat sides against the house.
Already they look pretty good…. but in no time they will take off like crazy! I thought I would have to water them everyday, but they are in almost full shade and they really do well for me. I water them about twice a week when it is really hot and humid.
Here is a picture from last summer and you can see it has completely filled the box and you can no longer see the coleus I had planted with it. This year I am just doing the ferns by themselves.
So, for $12.00 I did two window boxes that will look nice all the way through November. For $6 a planter, I think that is a heck of a deal!
Now for more on my “Be Brave” theme…..Let me tell you what I am about to do!
You see, tomorrow is a big gardening day for me. I am going to one of my hubby’s coworkers homes and she has said….”Take everything and anything!” I guess her mother was a gardener, but she does not want to take care of it. She “wants only grass” and is getting rid of all the plants! I have known about this for a few weeks and simply cannot imagine what I will find. It is like a gardening test, identifying what is there. I will take a leap of faith and transplant things without knowing the colors and possibly what it even is….lol. I am guessing it will be a lot of standards like daylily, iris, peony, ect. I have every bucket, sack and tool I can find. It is suppose to be cooler in the 60’s….but it will still be a big day. I may come home with plants in trash bags! But what I can’t use I can give to the garden club sale in a few weeks. I have never had a chance to do anything like this and am excited….lol. This lady will think my husband is married to a crazy woman won’t she…. but I know you all will understand!
I’ll keep you posted….but I will be busy for a few days at least!