If there’s one thing that delights me, it’s making our home “homey.” Gardening lends itself to just that. To my sentimental heart, there’s something lovely about flourishing plants that says, “This is a place where things are nourished and grow.” I know. Sappy, right? I use a lot of herbs and seasoning in my cooking, so I was excited to try and grow a few outdoors this summer.
In an apartment, containers inside and out provide that opportunity. I chose a galvanized tub as a planter this year for several reasons. First, I had one on hand (you can’t argue with “free”). This wide container is suitable for a “mini garden.” It also adds a bit of fresh farm appeal without being in-your-face thematic.
The one modification that’s essential is drilling a few drainage holes in the bottom. I drilled one in the center and a few more spread out evenly due to the width of the container. It’s as easy as that! You can add some rocks in the base for added drainage, too.
I also recently brought my beloved ferns outside on an overcast day (direct sun is the enemy of ferns) for my first attempt at fertilizing them. I purchased liquid fish emulsion fertilizer and diluted it heavily (about 1/8 of a cup in a gallon of water). The product does have a rather strong smell I didn’t enjoy, but I hope my plants do! I’m anxious to see if they survive; I know the wrong, too-strong fertilizer can be the enemy of delicate fronds, so we’ll see… Fingers crossed!