PLANTS

HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE? PEOPLE SHOULD BE PUT INTO CATEGORIES ON HOW MANY PLANTS THE OWN RATHER THAN DOLLARS IN THE BANK.  WEALTH IS IN MOTHER NATURE. WITHOUT PLANTS THERE WOULD BE NO LIFE. WE DEPEND ON THEM FOR OXYGEN, FOOD , AND FEEDING THE EARTH WITH WATER THRU PHOTOSYNTHESIS . THERE IS NOTHING THAT COMPARES TO THE COLOR OF FLOWERS. MANY BIRDS AND ANIMALS NEED PLANTS FOR PROTECTION AND FOOD. THEY MAKE UP THE FOOD CHAIN AND REPLENISH THE SOIL IN MANY INSTANCES. PLANTS ARE A WORTHY INVESTMENT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. AGAIN I'LL ASK HOW MANY PLANTS DO YOU HAVE? THE CORRECT ANSWER IS "NOT ENOUGH". PLANTS IN POTS ARE GREAT EXCEPT WHEN A STORM OR HURRICANE ARE ON THE WAY. SO I LIKE TO PLANT IN THE GROUND. LESS TIME AND HASSLE IN THE LONG RUN.  FIND FLOWERS, VEGETABLES, SPICES, WHEN CHOOSING PLANTS. ALWAYS CHOOSE HEALTHY VARIETIES WHICH ARE GROWN IN ZONE 10. WATER HOGS ARE NOT ALWAYS A FAVORITE. THEY NEED MORE ATTENTION  THAN MOST CAN GIVE. PICK A XERISCAPE VARIETY AND YOU AND YOUR PLANT WILL BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY. XERISCAPE IS A VARIETY WHICH CAME FROM THE AREA AND NEEDS LITTLE TO NO HELP THRU THE YEARS. KEEP GROWING FOR A LIFE TIME OF HAPPINESS.

HINTS FOR GROWING:

1. CHOOSE A SUNNY LOCATION. AT LEAST 6 HRS. OF SUNLIGHT PER DAY .

2. PICK A VARIETY GROWN IN ZONE 10. FOR SOUTH FLORIDA .

3. USE SOIL RICH IN ORGANIC MATTER. ADD TO EXISTING BEDS YEARLY .

4. WATER THOROUGHLY FOR THE FIRST WEEK . CHECK DAILY .

5. FEED MONTHLY FOR MOST PLANTS IN POTS . DON'T OVERDUE IT .

6. GROW WHAT YOU ENJOY . AS WELL AS YOUR FAMILY .

7. GROW MORE THAN YOU NEED SO YOU CAN GIVE SOME AWAY .

8. TRY SOME IN POTS AND SOME IN THE GROUND AND SEE WHICH DOES BEST  FOR YOU.

9. ASK QUESTIONS WHEN NEEDED . THE BROWARD EXTENSION SERVICE IN DAVIE IS A REAL GOOD START .

10. PICK FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES OFTEN TO PROMOTE NEW GROWTH.

 FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS . 

THANK YOU FOR GROWING WITH ME.