I’ve realized and accepted that I am a Martha-style gardener. I like to read about plants, look at them, buy them in garden centers, and picture where they will go at my house. I’m pleased with myself when I can name the plants I admire in other people’s yards.
Just like Martha, I would prefer to have a crew of gardeners do the actual work of gardening like remembering to water those plants.
There was a day this summer when the heat rose even hotter and all of my spring plants and flowers died on the very same day in one mass exodus. “Show’s over folks, we’re done here.”
The fern survived not by my care but by neglect. I left it next to the driveway on a little strip where only weeds grew, which just happened to have the right amount of sunlight and shade. The fern thrived and outgrew its first pot.
Dividing and repotting a fern is good for it so that it doesn’t become root bound and lacking in nutrients. It’s easy enough to repot a fern that even a Martha-style gardener can do it.
First you remove it from its pot.
Then cut the root ball with a big kitchen knife or a saw. (I use a Felco folding saw. I really like it.)
When you set the divided fern into new pots, use a well-draining potting mix with lots of organic material. Ferns don’t store nutrients well, so if your plants look lackluster it might be time to repot them.
The newly-potted ferns will grow as big as the original, and this way I’ll have more plants without spending more money.