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2X4: Four Easy Ways to Fake a Green Thumb

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Jessica
03.10.14

Growing plants successfully is part science, part luck and part voodoo. If you haven’t mastered this mix of luck and skill (commonly known as having a “green thumb”) just fake it with these easy tricks: 

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Give Veggies a Bed. If the snap peas in your garden aren’t exactly…snappy, the problem may be your soil. Vegetables are really picky when it comes to the soil they thrive in. If your soil isn't up to snuff, plant your vegetable garden in raised beds. That way, you’ll have much more control over the nutrient content of the soil. For a great raised bed tutorial, check out Sunset magazine.

Succulents. 'Nuff Said. Fun fact: All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. The term “succulents” includes a variety of plants – many of them colorful – that are bonded by special water-storage tissue. This tissue, coupled with the fact that they’ll survive at pretty much any level of light, makes them extremely low-maintenance plants. 

Photo 2: Koubachi

Make it Humid. If your plants are inside, there's a hands-free, low-maintenance way to make your plants happy. Just increase the humidity in your home. (Most plants like it hot and sticky.) Consider buying a humidifier or place a shallow pan filled with gravel underneath your plant and add a little bit of water.

Embrace Technology. Embrace your inner Jetson and let technology do the work with the Koubachi. These $99 gadgets measure water, temperature and light exposure through a device that you stick in the plant’s soil. The Koubachi then sends proper care information to your phone, so you’ll know exactly when and how to care for a specific plant. Bonus: It’s waterproof, so it works indoors and outdoors!

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