This is the time of year when we turn our gardening enthusiasm towards houseplants so we can still have our “hands in the dirt.” As recently noted in the “Minnesota Gardener” magazine, the Aloe Vera plant is always a favorite due to its easy care and the many health benefits it offers. As you may know, the gel contained in an Aloe leaf can be used as a soothing topical remedy for burns, cuts and rashes. Consuming liquefied Aloe Vera juice can help with acid reflux symptoms, colon health, and can boost your immune system. Aloe grows best in bright light in well-drained soil such as a cactus or succulent mix. Allow the top of the soil to become thoroughly dry before watering. Of course, my favorite plants to grow indoors at this time of year are fresh herbs. I grow basil, parsley, and oregano in my kitchen window and use them almost every day. Try planting them in Mason jars (with small, colorful stones below the soil) and hang them in your kitchen window. They’re both decorative and tasty!
There is another houseplant hobby that is becoming very trendy. It is called “Kokedama” or string gardening. It is basically growing a plant in a special ball of soil that is covered in moss and wrapped in string. They can be hung from the ceiling or placed on a decorative plate adding a unique green accent to your home or office. They will be sure to draw many “oohs and aahs” from your friends. Want to make one? We’re offering a workshop on January 23rd and again on February 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Wagners on Penn Ave. Call 612-922-6901 to reserve a spot. You’ll have a chance to “get your hands in the dirt”, relieve the winter blues and take home a living showpiece to enjoy year round!