During these months of quarantine, many people turned to gardening to keep themselves busy – while keeping their social distance from the rest of the world. As it turned out, the home and garden expert Martha Stewart he did the same, only on a much larger scale.
Over the past few months, Stewart has spent time gardening on his 150-acre farm in Bedford, New York. Now he has turned his quarantine activity into a new show: his horticultural series, the premiere of “Martha Knows Best,” was shown on HGTV on July 31 and the new episodes will be shown at 10pm on Fridays.
For the premiere of the series, Stewart doubled up with episodes of “Vegetable Garden” and “Container Gardens”.
He gives viewers a glimpse of his beautiful farm, shows off his garden to his gardener, Ryan (there’s no social distance there, so we have to assume it’s part of the social bubble), and even helps the rapper. Snoop Dogg and Antoni Porowski of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” publication has some tips for growing your own potted plants.
Read on to find out what advice Stewart gives to these celebrities and get some great tricks for gardening in your own quarantine.
Use the Bubble Wrap to save soil
Stewart’s video chat with Porowski, best known as the chef of the Netflix show “Queer Eye,” titled “Vegetable Garden” at the season opener “Martha Knows Best”.
Porowski hopes to grow some vegetables in his New York apartment and asks Stewart for advice on getting started with potted plants.
When Porowski shows Stewart a large, empty pot, he tells him to fill half of the pot with blister before pouring in the soil. He explains that without packaging as a pillow, it would add a lot more soil than your vegetables need.
“It would have used twice as much land, and unnecessarily, so I’ll save at least a bag of potting soil.
This is a great money saving tip and Porowski is impressed.
Examine your ground
Also in this episode, Stewart receives a video call Mitch In Lemoore, CA. While he has a sunny yard, he doesn’t seem to be able to toss up his garden. Her vegetables are dying, and Mitch can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong.
Stewart immediately asks about Mitch’s ground. When Mitch turns the camera toward his garden, Stewart immediately knows the dirt can’t snuff.
“Yeah, you see, it’s too hard,” Stewart says. – Nothing can grow in that.
He also says that soil testing often helps.
“Our first thing is to take down the grass and dig up some land,” Stewart says. “You can try it at the local extension at any university. It should have a pH of about 6.5-6.7.
When Stewart and his gardener, Ryan, are made for planting vegetables, says one of the most commonly planted favorites is when people don’t use the right garden tools.
“It makes the job a lot harder,” he says.
Stewart points out that he and Ryan use a shovel and a spade that are similar and easily confused.
However, the spade has a sloping, concave bottom (perfect for digging up dirt), while the spade has a straight-edged flat tool (which is great for cutting).
“So a spade cuts. He raises a shovel, Stewart says. “Easy. Remember it.”
Use the right pot for the right plant
In the next episode, “Container Gardens,” Stewart focuses on creating the perfect container plants.
He picks up the video call from his friend Snoop Dogg, who hopes to plant some tomatoes in a pot.
Snoop Dogg has a few different pots of different sizes, and he and Stewart choose one that looks big enough for his tomato plant.
Stewart instructs the rapper to cover the hole in the bottom with a stone to keep the soil from falling out, and then tells him to loosen the roots of the tomato plant a little.
However, by the time Snoop Dogg finally puts the tomato plant in the container, Stewart realizes their fault: the pot is too small.
“No,” he says, “you have to fall a lot.” Look for a slightly larger pot. “
The new pot works much better, allowing Snoop Dogg to add extra soil around the plant and provide plenty of room for growth.
Eventually, the container plant looks perfect, and Stewart tells Snoop Dogg that he can expect fresh tomatoes in about 30 days.
Use spacers for proper drainage
In this episode, too, Stewart maintains his own container plants. Plant some succulents in a long, rectangular pot and place fine gravel on top of the plants to personalize the look.
While these container plants may look ready, Stewart explains that he needs to take one more step to help drain.
“The last thing you do after planting the containers is put them in spacers,” Stewart says, placing small wooden sticks under his tank to lift.
“You don’t necessarily want to see these spacers,” Stewart explains, “but you want to make room for drainage to be free.
Choose shady plants for shady areas
In this episode, Stewart makes another video call, this time from next Maggie In Mendenhall, MS.
Maggie says she’s just moved into a new home and wants to plant something in her flower boxes, but she doesn’t know what to choose.
He explains that this part of the house is in the shade 99% of the day and fears nothing will grow here.
According to Stewart, Maggie has plenty of options, such as ferns, Solomon’s seal, and colorful sweet potato grapes. Still, he tells Maggie to start simply.
“Try a few ferns to get started,” he says.
No wonder Stewart’s farm is so beautiful – he seems to know everything about plants! His advice will certainly help his quarantine gardeners to grow fantastic foliage.