~ The more we garden in San Francisco the more appreciation we gain for how gardens impact the larger ecosystem they’re a part of. In the posts below we seek to celebrate and explore all the ways a garden is connected to what’s around it, in the hopes of loving and stewarding our gardens and our urban landscape a little more. ~
When soil gets extremely dry it starts to repel water. If one of your containers is super dry, try leaving it in a tray of water overnight (water it from the top as well). The soil will slowly rehydrate and start to accept water again. The next day allow the pot to drain for a bit in a sink just in case it over-soaked, and then put it back in its original location. Swipe to see the difference between dry and nicely watered potting soil.
A little more info about checking to see if your containers are getting too much water or too little water #containergardening
Even succulents can be a challenge in a small container but the issue may not be too serious #succulents #containergardens.
Get a sense of how to address plant issues with a illustrated book like “What’s Wrong With My Plant and How Do I Fix It?” #plantdoctor #plantbooks
Several more questions requiring a #plantdoctor (photos of the plants are in the last image). The first issue is a failing rhododendron - brown crisp leaves typically indicate insufficient water. Because there’s still green there’s a chance the plant will recover if watered well. The plant is weak but we advise trimming it a bit to encourage bud break of new leaves. The second image is an area taken over by fumaria- it’s a weed but fairly easy to get rid of. As Assante notes, until there’s a plan for the area it makes sense to leave it as a ground cover because it’s protecting the soil and the roots are secreting sugars into the soil (which contributes to soil biodiversity). The 3rd photo is miners lettuce, a great seasonal CA native that’s edible! #minerslettuce #weedID #planthealth
If anyone wants to start their own lazy compost bin there happens to be a perfect crate still available. DM for details. Probably too big to fit in a car by but back of a truck would be easy.