Y’all may think I’ve gone back to the age before there was internet with this organization tip. And, that’s cool with me. I always felt I was born in the wrong decade, anyway. I used to wish I was born in the 70’s, so I could have been the coolest 80’s teen. I would have loved to rock that big hair, leg warmers, and go to jazzercise classes. And, don’t get me started on 80’s movies!
My favorite 80’s movies include Heather’s, Gremlins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Princess Bride, and my all-time favorite: The Breakfast Club. You can imagine my overwhelming horror when I was dating Ian, and he told me he had never seen The Breakfast Club. I made sure that was fixed right away, whether he wanted to watch it or not. If he was going to be with me, he better be familiar with such a badass cult classic that is the epitome of rebelliousness. In case you didn’t know yet, I have a rebel soul.
It pains me and makes me feel inauthentic to do what everyone else is doing. I love to take risks, try something new, and forge my own path. But, I have another part of me that fights that… My people pleasing side. If there is one aspect of myself that I get the most annoyed and frustrated with, it is that. I can’t say my people pleasing side is completely awful and annoying. Sometimes it does help me make better decisions than if I let my rebellious side go wild and run free. The trick is finding that balance and using my people pleasing side and my rebellious side to my advantage. Full disclosure: it is still a work in progress.
So, today, I am rebelling and suggesting not to use the internet in lieu of my organization tip. Obviously, from the title, my tip involves your landscape and garden info. If you remember in this post, I told you to save all of your little information cards that come with your plants. Well, what if I told you, I believe my organization tip is actually faster than a search on the internet?? I know. Crazy, right? If you would be so kind as to indulge my little, rebel heart, I will tell you why.
I believe it is important to keep these information cards because you have all of your information about the plant, flower, or tree you purchased. It is all in one spot, which is awesome because even with an internet search, it may take several searches or websites to get all the information you need, when the card has it all in one convenient location. Plus, these cards guarantee accurate information because it is specific for the plant you placed in your garden or landscape. Usually, they have a picture of the plant as well, so it takes the guess work out of recognizing which plant card goes with which plant.
I keep the cards that come with my plants because sometimes a plant may not be doing well, so I need to go back and refer to the card to make sure I am providing exactly what it needs to thrive and grow. Plus when we fertilize and mulch our flower beds in the spring, I know exactly what type of fertilizer each plant needs. These cards typically tell you how many hours of sunlight the plant needs, how many times it needs to be watered, how tall and wide it will grow, what kind of fertilizer it needs, the type of plant as well as what it is best planted with, when it blooms, and other helpful tips to keep it healthy. Boom. And, I was able to get all of that without an internet search in a couple seconds. No internet surfing or scanning websites needed.
Punch a hole at the end of each card. A couple of mine already had holes in the end because they were tags, so that was pretty convenient.
Add your newly hole punched cards to the binder ring.
Voila! All of your plant information is all in one tidy place. I recommend placing your plant information on a hook in your garage, planting shed, or porch. Anywhere, where you can easily grab it when you need it.
I have been surprised with how many times I have referred to these cards. One of my plants was not doing well, so I referred to the card that corresponded to it. I realized it was being over watered because we were getting a lot of rain. I decided to hold out and see how the plant does over time, since this is my first year living in East TN. But, now I know I should probably look for plants that can handle being watered more often.
That’s it! This is an extremely simple and easy way to have access to information for your plants, flowers, and trees. And the best part is, they are all in one spot, easily accessible, and highly visible.
Do you usually keep your information cards that come with your plants and flowers? Do you refer to them?