February has been a busy month in the balcony garden. Cress has grown even faster than the Paperwhites. Tomato seedlings put on mass at the same time as Sunflowers. And the Billy Balls never disappoint. Check out the Garden Updates here!
The Bloodleaf (Iresine) is also known as a Chicken Gizzard, which should say a lot. It's a bright red and purple bundle of joy that loves heat and humidity. Find out how to care for one!
The Boston Fern is a wonderfully easy houseplant to care for. Keep the soil moist (and don't let it freeze or boil), and you'll have a happy plant for a long time to come. Read here to find out more care tips!
Scotch Moss isn't actually moss - it's an evergreen perennial shrub that grows low to the ground. It's also perfect for a desktop pet plant!
The Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) is a fast-growing, self-seeding, pruning-loving houseplant of many colors. You know them when you see them! Check here for a detailed guide on taking care of them.
Have you ever come across a plant in the wild that you couldn't identify? An app called iNaturalist may be the easiest way to put a name to a leaf. Join me in a walkthrough of making an observation as I try to identify a strange plant on the coast.
The money tree (Pachira aquatica) is a pretty easy houseplant. As long as there's no drafts and the watering schedule stays constant, it's a happy tower of green. Find out how to care for one!
A look back at what's happened in January, both in the wider environment and in my own garden. Most notably - the LA smog is back, my garden has new LED grow lights, and South Coast Botanic Garden's GLOW event is over.
You've probably seen large, happy chrysanthemum flowers while walking about outdoors. If you've been wanting to grow some at home, check out this post to see how they thrive and what you need to do to keep them blooming.
Only time will tell what the final effects of the COVID shutdowns are on the environment. During the height of the lockdown, air quality improved almost immediately. NO2 and CO2 (from fossil fuels) both decreased. This effect was noticed most heavily in major cities, though arguably the whole world benefitted. Fine particulate matter, PM2.5, similarly dropped.