May 13, 2021

Langreck: Gardening for all seasons

It’s the time of the year when spring is arriving and settling in throughout Indiana and the weather can be bright and sunny one day and snow is on the ground the next day.

Not only is this a reason people tend to get spring colds and have a lot of allergy issues, it is also hard to tell when to plant crops, gardens and flowers because one can never be sure if there will be a late frost. Although, I don’t have a super green thumb, I do like to collect and care for succulents and small house plants.

Recently, I helped my daughter, Addyson, who is in her first year of 4-H, plant some herbs for her gardening project. Unfortunately, due to overwatering and being transplanted, her basil plant, which she was so proud of, didn’t make it.

However, her oregano plant is still growing stronger, but may need another transplant in its future because it is starting to outgrow the current container it is in. I think the plant needs more sunlight, but I learned the hard way with one of my house plants the other day.

It was a really warm day outside, so I set one of my houseplants out to get some sun, and I thought it was supposed to be warm outside overnight, too. However, that wasn’t the case.

It turns out I was wrong, and it was colder overnight than predicted. By the time I got the plant inside, half of the plant varieties in the pot didn’t make it.

Since I don’t have the greenest thumb, I think it is best if I wait a few more weeks to sit my and Addy’s plants out for some more sunshine, just to be safe.

Ashley Langreck

Field Editor