It has finally come to the end of my learning project – well I guess not really as with my garden I will have to continue to take care of it for the weeks to come but it is time for me to explain what I have accomplished so far and what resources I have used.
An Introduction to Planting (Technically week 1 but I apparently didn’t start numbering things until next week – oops).
This week I decided that I was going to plant some varieties of plants in order to help #savethebees. I already had some supplies with my bee house and my sunflower seeds from Cheerios. This week I had not decided that I was going to be using my front flower bed yet but decided that I would be planting something.. somewhere within my yard. This week I also outlined my main goals:
- Research what I would need – the types of plants, type of soil etc
- Get the resources needed in order to plant (soil, seeds, planters/pots etc)
- Research where in my yard I should be planting (full sun, shade etc) for each type of plant
- Research how to plant these certain types of plants
- Research and attempt to learn how to not kill these plants, what they need to make them happy etc
- Maybe see some bees around my plants?
From what I know now I have achieved steps 1-6. I explain why not step 7 in my video within week 5.
Planting Week 1 – Research on Flowers
This week was my official start to my learning project. Considering I had never really gardened before I needed to do some major research. I learned about what flowers you should plant that bees would love, how to keep bees happy and plants that are helpful to bees all season long. The last article gave me the idea for some of the plants I have planted in my garden now such as bee balm, lavender, chives, and salvia. This week I also learned about bee baths and the importance for bees to have access to fresh water. I also have a bee bath within my back yard as well (underneath my bee house!). I also researched how to plant the plants I aspired to get – because I had never planted before. This week was a huge step in the right direction for my planting journey!
Chives Galore – Planting week 2
This week was went I went on my first shopping trip! I also dug through my backyard shed and found that I had 2 planters laying around. I bought 2 bags of dirt, the container for my bee bath and chives! This article was super helpful that week because I had no idea what kind of soil to buy for potting chives. I had decided to pot my chive plants because they can grow super huge and have been known to spread and take over your garden. This article also helped me learn how much to water my chives, which is a question I did need to google because I had no idea. I also hung up my bee house and set up my bee bath this week. I also received my tomato plant from my grandmother! It doesn’t seem like a lot for a week but it was a big first step for me – I got my hands and face covered in dirt for the first time!
Are you growing yet?! – Planting Week 3
This week I didn’t get much done due to the rain – because I was supposed to dig out my flower bed and make it into a lovely garden but the rain makes mud and mud can be very hard to shovel and is super messy. So instead I gave a weekly update on my chives and tomatoes and did some research. Now, it is amazing to see just how small my chives were because they are so much bigger now!! I’m a proud plant momma. I did research this week on garden centers or greenhouses in and around Regina because as an aspiring gardener I should know where to direct some of my attention and money ;). Dutch Growers, Unique Garden Center, Doorns Greenhouse, and Cedar Creek Gardens were part of my research. I found that I loved when the greenhouse had tons of information or different social media because it helped me understand what plants they had etc. This week was very informative as a consumer and I hadn’t killed my new chives yet! Hahaha.
Out with the old, In with the new! – Planting Week 4
This week was the biggest and most productive within my whole learning project so far. I dug up my old flower bed, went shopping and planted! It is amazing just how different it looks! We also were tasked with teaching the class something we learned and I made a poster on soil (I found some information for it here but I also learned about soil in week 2). I first dug up my currently cover-in-weeds flower bed (see blog post for photo). I then went shopping at Canadian Tire to buy soil (I bought this based off of a poster in Canadian Tire also because I had heard my grandma talk about it before). I decided to go to Dutch Growers because of its popularity but as a new gardener, it seemed like the best place to go as an introduction and for its variety. I spent probably wayyyy to long in there and came home with 8 different kinds of plants and a watering can. This week also introduced me to basic video editing. I used a video editing app on my phone to trim a video of my flower garden update. Here is the video from that week.
Bushes? – Planting Week 5
This was my final learning project post for the semester. Nothing too dramatic changed from last week but I did do another video update and some research to further my knowledge. I did research on how to winter some of my plants and got information from this article on how to winter herbs as I have rosemary and chives within my garden. I hope that I can keep some of my plants alive until next spring – I will have to do more research on that. Here is the final update video (which is also located in week 5):
I learned a ton from my experience with my learning project but here are some main take aways:
- There are so many resources online – all it takes is a google to find what you are looking for. Sometimes you have to wade through non-important articles but I’m sure you can find great things. For this learning project, there are tons of gardening articles, websites and even magazines so I was lucky to find an amazing well laid out articles on what I wanted to learn and know.
- Ask an expert when confused – I think that with gardening it can also be helpful to ask someone who has gardened before. My grandmother has a huge garden and I didn’t ask her many questions throughout this project but I will be going to her in the future when need be. Also, places like Dutch Growers or garden centers have employees that know their stuff so I wasn’t afraid to ask questions there when needed.
- Not everything is going to be perfect – I think that I had huge plans for myself when starting this project and in reality, you can’t possibly get everything done on time or things aren’t going to go swimmingly every time. Plants hold life and are living things and can be tricky when dealing with them, I’m still not sure if what I am doing is correct but it’s okay to make mistakes and be vulnerable when doing something new.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this project. I am proud of myself for being vulnerable and trying out something that can be difficult such as gardening. I will continue to expand my knowledge and my “green thumb” and continue my planting journey in the weeks, months or even years time. Thanks for following along with me.