Mexican Hat Plant Care: How To Grow A Mexican Hat Plant
How To Grow A Mexican Hat Plant (Part 1)
The first thing you need to do when growing a Mexican hat plant is to get rid of any pests or diseases that may be attacking your plants. You can use pesticides but they are not recommended since the chemicals will kill off other beneficial insects and fungi which feed on the roots of the plant. If you have a problem with aphids, then you can spray them with a strong solution of vinegar. Another way to control aphid infestations is to cut out their food source. For example, if you see them eating your tomato plants, just remove all the tomatoes from the garden and place them in plastic bags so that they cannot reproduce there anymore.
Another pest that needs to be controlled is spider mites. They can cause problems if left unchecked. Spider mites love warm weather and thrive under the sun. So, it is best to keep your house at a cool temperature during summer months. When you move into a new home, make sure that the air conditioning works well because spiders like hot temperatures too!
A good way to prevent spider mite infestation is to install window screens around windows of your home so that they cannot enter through those openings. You can also place a cup of water inside the microwave and run it for one minute at high power. The moisture will cause spider mites to die instantly.
Next, you can create your own homemade pesticide by mixing 1/4th teaspoon of Ivory liquid soap (the kind that is made with real fat) with 1 gallon of water. This solution should be mixed fresh each time you use it since the Ivory soap breaks down quickly in solution.
If you discover that your plants are showing signs of a disease, you should take them out immediately and place them in the trash. It doesn’t matter if the plant is dead or alive at this point because any bacteria floating around in the air can be easily blown into your garden by a gentle breeze.
Watering is important but you do not want to over water your plants. The best way to check if your plants need water is to stick your finger into the ground up to the first knuckle. If the soil is dry, then it needs water. Do not leave dripping water in the tray because this will cause the plant’s roots to rot. Also, do not let the tray dry out completely or else the roots will start to dry out and your plant will die.
You can use a humidifier in the room to increase the humidity but make sure that the relative humidity does not exceed 75% because this can also rot the roots.
Next, you want to choose a good location in your garden for your plants. You should place them where they will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. The more sun they get, the faster they will grow. It is also a good idea to surround the plants with gravel or crushed rock since this makes it harder for weeds to grow there.
Finally, you should mulch around the base of your plants. This helps keep the moisture in the soil and discourages weeds from growing there. You can use wood shavings, grass clippings or shredded newspaper for this purpose.
Now that your garden is ready, you can start planting your seeds. After you have planted all of your seeds, keep a close eye on them so that you can harvest the ripe fruits when they are ready. To harvest, simply twist the fruit from the plant and place it in a container for later use.
As you come to realize, Monica has become very demanding recently. Everyday she is bugging you about this and that and sometimes it makes you want to just get a regular job. You know that’s a possibility but it’s not exactly something you are interested in right now.
Since the garden is going to take up most of your time now, you really won’t have too much free time anymore. That probably means less time for video games and such. However, the trade off is more money which will allow you to buy better equipment and games.
You imagine Monica would probably be pretty pissed if you dropped out of college to garden full time so that’s out of the question.
Also, you have been talking with your mom a lot more lately and she keeps telling you to follow your dreams.
That sounds nice but what are your dreams? What does the future hold for you?
That’s what you need to figure out.
Also, you haven’t seen your friend Kyle since the day you planted the marijuana seeds which makes you think of him even more now. You try calling him again but no answer. You’re beginning to wonder if something bad has happened to him.
Going to his house might be a little risky but you really want to know what’s up with him.
You decide that you will go see him.
You arrive at his house and just as you suspected his car is in the driveway. You knock on the door but no answer. You try the knob and it’s unlocked, so you let yourself in.
, you call out.
You make your way through the house and look in all of the common rooms but still no sign of him. As you’re about to leave you hear a muffled voice coming from the basement.
, you call down.
Kyle, is that you?”
the voice replies.
You walk down the basement stairs and find Kyle lying on a mattress with an empty whiskey bottle next to him. He’s also smelling heavily of alcohol.
Kyle, what the hell are you doing?
I’ve been trying to call you for days.
What have you been doing?”
Kyle struggles to prop himself up on his elbow and looks at you but then loses his balance and falls back against the mattress.
“I don’t know…nothing I think…I’ve just been drinking”
“Looks like it.
What’s wrong man? What happened with Jane? Are you okay?”
Kyle’s eyes begin to tear up a bit as he thinks about his ex-girlfriend.
“We’re over now…I blew it…I blew it badly.”
How did you blow it?”
“I, uh…(sob) I cheated on her…”
“I was out with the guys and there was this girl and, and…”
“Wait a minute.
Does Jane know you’re gay?”
“No! I never told her! I, just kept it to myself. She’s always liked me and I liked her too so I pretended to like her back. That way I didn’t have to worry about coming out and I had a girlfriend…Man, I’m such a loser. I should have just came out, find myself a boyfriend and be happy.”
You stare at Kyle in disbelief.
Jesus Kyle, why didn’t you tell me?
I had no idea.”
Tell you what?”
“That you were gay!
We’ve been best friends since forever, you’ve never told me?”
“Well, what was I supposed to say?
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