A Tale of Overzealous Nurturing
It’s spring and my wife, Lea, and I are in the Family Consumer Science classroom at a local junior high school. We’re volunteering in the Community Education program through the Boise School District. This program opens up District facilities to the public to provide volunteer-instructed classes ranging in topics from budgeting to Barbie collecting and gardening to geo-caching, and so much more! Our topic for the evening, beloved succulents.
Congratulations! You just picked up a new potted plant that caught your eye and left you with no choice but to buy it. You check the plant’s tag it came with - you know the white one stuck in the soil with a picture of the plant on it and it tells you about the plant’s care requirements - and you see it requires well-draining soil. You wonder how exactly do you accomplish that; can’t you just buy a bag of “potting” soil, add to a planter, add the plant, and done? Well, kind of, but let’s see how there’s more to it than this and how we can make our own DIY potting soil for healthy, potted plants. It’s time to talk dirty.
Whap! Clap! “I got it!” That’s what I began hearing after introducing gnats into the office after I had brought some of my plants in from outdoors. Nobody wants gnats in their faces while they are working (or in general for that matter). I had introduced a tiny nuisance that was having a big impact. But what could I do about it?
On May 12, 2016, Brent Seamons, the founder of Peace of Nature, was featured on Boise's local news channel 7 KTVB's You Can Grow It segment with Jim Duthie. Brent was featured for growing succulents. Watch Brent and Jim talk succulents on, You Can Grow It: Growing succulents.