So it’s that time of year again when all that gardening “hype” is gone. When you visit the store now, you will find pumpkin spice, Halloween candy and even a few Christmas decorations where the springtime gardening supplies used to be. But the good news is that gardening is still fun in the fall!
Here in Knoxville, TN we had a great time this past spring a summer growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. We are just now completing our harvest of peppers, strawberries, and sweet potatoes. You never realize how much food a GreenStalk can produce until you plant a green pepper plant in each pocket – but that’s a different story!
Anyways, this fall we have been busy transitioning our spring/summer garden into a fall/winter one. Usually, we plant everything from seed. But this season, I stumbled across a wholesale grower that sells poinsettia and pansy plants by the hundreds so we decided to order from them. We planted 4 GreenStalks up with pink, red and white poinsettia plants. Wish us luck as this is the first time we have grown poinsettias from start plants! Below is a photo of how they looked when they arrived:
Here’s a picture of what they looked like a couple of weeks after planting. They just about doubled in size. Did you know poinsettia plants don’t love being watered all the time? Another fun fact: the beautiful, colorful, traditional, Christmas flower that they are so well known for is actually just leaves that have changed color. The flower part is actually in the center of the grouping of colorful leaves!
Here’s what they look like today – almost triple their original size!
We just can’t wait till these change into their Christmas-y color! Keep up with how they are growing by “Liking” us on Facebook. Hmmm… I wonder what we’ll do with all these festive GreenStalk gardening systems! Maybe give them away as gifts or use them as holiday decorations for the front door?