When I was a child, I spent a lot of time outdoors. Reading, writing,
playing, and gardening with my mother, I was lucky enough to grow up
with a spacious yard filled with all manner of plants. I grew accustomed
to this, and looked forward to one day having my own garden and yard
to tend to. However, since moving out on my own after college, I have
consistently taken up employment, and consequently residence in urban
areas. This has led to me living in many different apartments with all
different types of people and animals, but never has it led to me having
my own yard or garden.
So, in my first apartment I decided that the way that I would have to
solve this problem would be do bring some plants into my home. I wanted
a small, green, leafy tree, and thought that perhaps some color in the
windows would be nice. My friend’s mother, who had lived in the apartment
previous to my occupancy warned me repeatedly that she had never been
able to keep any plants in the house, and wished me luck, but did not
foresee mine being much different than her own.
My luck, as it turns out, was not much different than hers. My three
daisies and my small palm tree died within three months, despite regular
watering and tons of tender loving care. The sunlight and climate in
the apartment were just not suitable to plant life, it seems. For a
while, I gave up. I decided that plants were not meant to be indoors,
and that I would just have to do without. Then, I went to a friend’s
apartment one night. She worked a plant nursery and to say that she
took her work home with her would be a staggering understatement.
She had over forty different plants of all different types. Small plants,
flowering plants, trees, hanging plants, and even fresh spices in her
kitchen. She told me that having a plant for every one hundred square
feet of your home can drastically improve the air quality. A few weeks
later, she went away for a week and asked me to take care of the plants
while she was gone, explaining how they were sectioned into how they
needed to be taken care of. After successfully taking care of an entire
indoor jungle for a whole week, I felt much better about my capability
to take care of indoor plants.
In my next apartment, I bought another palm tree and researched how
to take care of it vigorously before it moved in with me. It grew healthily
the entire time I lived in that apartment. Recently, I moved into a
more spacious apartment with two floors, and I think that my square
footage has increased dramatically. So, while I still do not have my
own space for a garden or yard, I think that I may need a few more plants
to keep the air quality up around here.
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