Remember dads next Sunday and throughout the year June 11, 2022 by Mary Father’s Day is coming up next Sunday, June 19. This day has been celebrated for over a hundred years in the United States. It was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane Washington at the local YMCA in 1910. His father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran who raised his six children as a single father. In the Catholic countries of Europe it is celebrated as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. Of course, it is celebrated in honor of our parents. To make it really special, it’s an opportunity to share the day by doing something together. If you want this day to be really special, then plant a tree with dad knowing that trees are the lungs of the planet and will live for generations to come. Even grass, shrubs, and houseplants provide oxygen to counteract the effects of global warming. Something fun to do as a family is a small garden project. Dad will appreciate the help. Flowers are for mom, but a living gift is something she can keep in the office or at home. Every time she sees it, she will remind her of you. You can share care with dad for a bonding experience without having the responsibility for an animal like a dog or parrot. Plants for indoor use are called Interiorscaping and are essential in today’s homes. With condos, apartment living, and smaller patios becoming more common, one of the best ways to enjoy nature is to bring it indoors, especially on hot summer days. Even if you are lucky enough to have a house with a garden, interior landscaping brings it all together. Plants are an inexpensive way to professionally beautify your home or office. If you’re short on cash and your home needs some extra furniture you can’t afford or you want to try some gardening but don’t want to get dirty, then indoor gardening is for you! The secret to successful home gardening is selecting the right plant for the right place and then caring for it properly. Local nurserymen or garden supply dealers can help you with plant selection and care. Here are some tips now that will keep your green thumb green. If you’re just starting a houseplant project with your loved one, start with the right container. Wooden tubs are great as the wood prevents the soil from drying out quickly. Some containers lack drainage holes which can cause a watering problem unless you are growing plants that prefer or tolerate moist conditions like papyrus. Clay pots are fine and can be painted to blend in with the colors in the house. Brass and copper are ideal for table and shelf arrangements. But since these containers are usually small, pay close attention to your water and fertilizer supplies. Too much or too little can be fatal to many plants. Soil is very important for indoor plants. There is no perfect mix. However, a longtime favorite is a mix of one part peat moss and one part coarse garden soil or ash and one part vermiculite or sponge rock. These may come pre-mixed at the garden supply store. When choosing houseplants, select varieties that can withstand harsh growing conditions, such as low light intensity and dry air. To be successful, houseplants must do more than simply survive indoor conditions. They must maintain an attractive appearance with a minimum of care. Air conditioning and gas appliances, as nice as they are, can be hard on houseplants. There are also several books available at local garden stores to help you and Dad with your landscaping projects. Sunset’s Western Garden Book is a good start. There are also several books written specifically by and for Hawaiian gardeners.