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Gardening Home Summer

My New favorite Pass Time Gardening + Tips for First time plant shoppers

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If you follow me on Instagram you already know I love plants and everything related to Nature. Ever since I switched to all natural 3 years back, I’ve been making conscious effort to live a green and sustainable lifestyle. I am far away from my goal, but every step I take makes it closer and closer each day.

2 weeks back I went on a plant spree when one of the nurseries near my house closed permanently (they weren’t out of business but shifted their occupation to landscaping instead). It was really sad to see a nursery close esp. the one I was excited about visiting often once I settled in Columbus. But on the bright side, they had the entire nursery on major sale for 75% off. It was like a black Friday in July for plant shoppers. I and my friends splurged like there’s no tomorrow.

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We woke up early on a Saturday, the day Nursery was closing to beat the crowd and spent the entire morning browsing and shopping. It was seriously the best day of the year. I have been to many nurseries all over Cleveland for taking pictures. I had made a mental note on what plants to buy and which pots/baskets to get them once I move to Columbus and find a permanent place. So, it was a dream come true to find everything I wanted at a deal breaker price. Being said that, I also bought plants that I have no idea about but I just know they are the same as the other house pants I have.

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We ended up getting nearly 15 plants and 10 pots, which was around 4-5 dolly loads and 2 car trips 🙂

Tips on Plant Shopping & gardening for first-time buyers

  1. Buy plants at your local Nursery as they have knowledgeable staff who can answer any gardening questions you have like what potting soil to use? how often to water? and suitable weather conditions, etc.
  2. Buy plants that are suitable for your weather conditions. If you live in colder areas, opt for more house plants as they don’t need sunlight and require very minimal maintenance.
  3. Never ever miss a sale at your local nursery. Plants and pots esp. the bigger ones are very expensive in general so bingeing on a sale is totally worth it.
  4. Always buy plants that come with instruction label showing the plant in bloom, how to grow information, weather conditions and expected size and spread. This will help in potting your plants.
  5. Do a quick check on the plant to see if it is healthy. Avoid plants with wilted leaves and stem. Turn over the pot and check if a mass of roots is growing through the drainage holes. If yes, it means the plant has been in its pot too long. Re pot such plants once you buy them.
  6. Get matching saucers for all the pots you are planning to put indoor so you don’t dirty your floor.
  7. I always re pot plants I buy to make sure they are growing in a healthy soil. I mix the potting mix I have with the soil the plant come with.
  8. It is advised to plant within a day or 2 of bringing you plants them home.
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I wore a cotton black jumpsuit from Oldnavy with my favorite Soludos sandals to Nursery. It was seriously the comfiest outfit, very breathable and the fabric was very soft. The ruffle detailing is full on trend right now and so are straw bags. It was an easy, comfy and trendy outfit I could think of on a Saturday morning. The only problem I always have with Old navy fabric is they wrinkle really fast. You have to iron it every time you wear them, such a pain!.

I wore my Wood grain watch all day that day, it went pretty well with the entire outfit and scene. It’s amazing how you can never forget the first time you wore something. Whenever I look at the watch, it always reminds of the amazing day I had. It will forever be a relic of my first plant shopping splurge.

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We spent the following Sunday evening potting all plants. It was so much fun with music and friends! I would love to relive that day again and again.

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The next morning I woke up to this 🙂

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My porch has become my favorite workplace now. I move my iMac over weekends to work on blog.

Lastly, I am super excited to finally add the Home category on my blog with this post. Stay tuned for more green home inspired posts. Also, let me know if you want me to write on anything particular in the comments below.

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Outfit #1: Old Navy Jumpsuit (30% off) | Sandals (last seen here) | Bag | Watch c/o Wood Grain Watches

Outfit #2: Sweatshirt c/o Lemotto | Boyfriend Jeans (similar under $40) | Bralette (also here)