What Plant Will You Be This Spring?
What celebrity chef are you most similar to?
A. Swedish Chef
B. Julia Child
C. Ina Garten
Who's your favorite folk musician?
A. Mumford and Sons
B. Simon and Garfunkel
C. Joan Baez
How well did you take care of your Tamagotchi? (Be honest.)
A. It was constantly dying
B. I'm still playing
C. What's a Tamagotchi?
How long does it take you to get dressed in the morning?
A. Forever. All of my clothes are in unsorted piles.
B. A minute to throw on whatever is closest
C. Not long. All of my clothes are organized by season and color
Who is your favorite farmer?
A. Old McDonald
B. The couple in American Gothic
C. Joel Salatin
If you answered "A" often:
You're interested in gardening, but may not be ready for the responsibilities that come with daily care. Try something that doesn't require a lot of water, like succulents or other drought tolerant plants.
If you try only one plant this season it should be: aloe.
If you answered "B" often:
You're ready to dabble in gardening but may not have the space or time to do it as much as you want. Start off with some herbs like basil, mint, or one of many others that grow easily. You could also try window boxes with rows of lettuce, or hanging baskets.
If you try only one plant this season it should be: sunflowers.
If you answered "C" often:
You have the time to put in a sizable garden, or at least more than one or two potted plants. Consider what plants grow best in your region and how much space you have. If your space if cramped, try window boxes and a dwarf citrus tree. If space is not an issue, get creative with native plants, putting in a raised bed or just turning your whole yard into a garden.
If you try only one plant this season it should be: strawberries.
--Cover image courtesy of iStock/PeJo29
Bianca Hernandezis an editorial intern at Sierra. She recently received her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California and has written for various publications.