During the “Q” we’ve all been looking for new hobbies to fill our time, calm us, or give us a sense of purpose - and I am no exception. Believe me I’ve tried a lot of things: knit a cowl (duh), attempted to paint portraits of my friends, made an absurd amount of cakes, baked two loaves of bread (just this week), but these things tend to only interest me for one week and then they are completed. My latest hobby, however, requires a bit more commitment and I’ve found it to be the most rewarding - planting/gardening!
Maybe the term “gardening” is a little bit of an exaggeration, let's stick with “planting,” seeing as the extent of this hobby is the confines of my room. I have gone on this journey in two separate directions: the first is planting herb seeds and the second is propagating succulent plants. Both of these projects have had mild and varying levels of success, but they have been extremely gratifying nonetheless.
My seed project was pretty straightforward. I got two pots, threw some dirt in them, shoved parsley and basil seeds ¼ of an inch down. Then I waited. Okay so maybe it wasn’t thaaaat straightforward - the waiting was excruciating for me. After days of watering and staring at dirt I was convinced that all the seeds were duds so I dug them up. I then proceeded to reread the seed package and find out that it takes 14-30 days to germinate. I was only 5 days in. Sooooo I took a minute to feel like a complete idiot and then I replanted. Sure enough, 14 days later I had tons of seedlings that are now little plants.
As I am definitely more of an instant gratification type of gal, the succulent propagating was probably more satisfying. I simply went outside and cut off as many succulent stems as I could find and took them home. I then cut the base of the stem diagonally to increase surface area and plopped them all in glasses of water. Almost immediately it felt like they were sprouting out roots all up the stems. I LOVED seeing it from the glass jars so would 10/10 recommend a container that you can see through. Once they were fully rooted up, I planted them in two more pots of cactus soil. They have only grown from there and have turned into plants that have their own branches.
Now, not only do I have a new hobby that I am forced to stick with, but I will eventually have some delicious herbs to use, and cute succulent decorations. Although there was a slight learning curve, I think I have a fully developed green thumb now! Here are the main things this experience taught me: 1. Patience! (ie. don’t dig up your plants when they haven't sprouted a few days later) 2. Commitment, and 3. A little bit of zen.
What hobby are you going to pick up next?