living in a green house
My mom had the most beautiful garden when we lived in Spangdahlem, Germany in the late 70's. When I was a little girl I remember watching her pull weeds and plant seeds. The rows were perfectly straight. She planted fresh peas, beans, rhubarb, strawberries, collard greens, carrots and more. Everything she planted grew! She would always tell us that she had a green thumb and she was right! My mom was faithful at going into the garden daily. I remember her walking up and down in between the rows observing her work. She would always get very excited about the budding, the flowers, and the fruit that finally sprung forth. It was her space, it was her sanctuary and no matter how hot it was she would be out there attending to her garden. She also kept our house looking green. No matter what base we moved to, she would always make our home green with house plants.
When my husband and I married in 1992, we moved to Spangdahlem, Germany. I went back to the village I lived in when I was a little girl looking for our old house and my moms garden. Things were different and everything looked like it shrunk. LOL! The village shrunk, my childhood home shrunk and the garden space as gone. One thing was certain for me as new wife; I wanted to fill my home with green, so I did. House plants galore!
As my husband and I moved and began to have more children the green disappeared. There was a time when I was breastfeeding, homeschooling the little ones, keeping a house and serving at church. I was keeping humans fed and happy and therefore, had no time to be concerned about keeping plants alive. Years went by and there was no green.
Well, I am pleased to announce that I have started adding green to my house once again. Beautiful plants and planters can get pricey, so I am taking my time. Every time I add a new plant, repot a plant and pull dead leaves, I am reminded of my time of living in a green house and watching a garden develop. A plant is a a life giver. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Plants increase humidity in a room and remove toxins from the air. I learned that in order to purify the air, you should place 15-18 plants in 6-8-inch diameter pots for an 1,800-square-foot house. That's roughly one larger plant every 100 square feet. How is that for making your mind work? LOL!
Dear lady, add green to your house and watch your house become a home.