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Thank you God for the beautiful rains we had over the weekend.

After all the dry dusty winds we have had most of the winter, it was like a cleansing shower and a cool drink of water for the earth.

And how about the clouds Monday morning?

Oklahoma Clouds

They were so varied and so three dimensional, they looked like heaven. Wow, this is a far cry from my whining about the weather last week, but I love the rain!!

So you can probably sense my excitement, and it isn’t just the rain.

I got my February Oklahoma Gardener this week and it was full of good stuff from how to take care of house plants, make your own seed cups, growing broccoli and cauliflower, and using wine bottles in the garden. (Been doing that for a long time but there were some new ideas.) We will cover these subjects over the next few weeks.

Since house plants are the only green thing right now, here is an interesting twist on caring for them that makes it less intimidating.

Most of them are tropical in nature so place them away from drafts and A/C vents and maybe by a south or west facing window for good sunshine.

Now the writer said she only waters her house plants once every couple of months, which she admits freaks out the pros.

But she waters them very thoroughly, using lukewarm water, waiting until the water runs out of the holes into the saucer.

This not only insures the soil is completely wet, but also helps leach out the salts that can build up in the soil.

Blooming hibiscus in winter

Empty excess water from saucer.

I would have to work on my patience level to water this way…

Then she recommends a complete, slow release fertilizer and only twice a year.

Once when they go outside in the spring, and again when they come inside.

Because the fertilizer is slowly released and not at all in cooler temps, the chance of burning the roots is very low.

And if you get pests like mealy bugs or scale, take them outside to spray and use insecticidal soap or horticulture oils.

I would add to keep the plants clean of dead leaves and pinch back gangly vines to keep them full. And share your cuttings!

Don’t forget to come us at The Artichoke – we’ll be there all week!

Enjoy the Earth! Diana