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This Album From The 70’s Is The Secret To Growing Plants

May 25, 2016
Dive into this magical synthscape album from the 70's and emerge with a green thumb, or at least a new favourite soundtrack.

My first experience with growing plants was in Grade 2; our teacher had us care for them as a science project. Looking back, I’m pretty sure they were giant, leafy weeds. When I finally brought them home, I planted it in my mom’s garden, and it ended up taking over and killing all of the other flowers. I was ecstatic, but my mom was not.

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Photos by Olivia Genovese

 

Unfortunately, that was the highlight of my many attempts at growing plants to-date. Am I over-watering? Under-watering? Do they have enough sunlight? Too much sunlight? Are they cold? Are they happy? WHY DON’T THEY SPEAK? The questions and paranoia are endless.

 

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Perhaps my inability to keep plants alive is why I’ve resorted to maintaining a virtual garden (aka my camera roll). A recent trip to Coachella resulted in hundreds of photos of plants. Weird, right? Instead of selfies with Leo DiCaprio (an opportunity I let slip) or blurry concert photos (OK, I have some of those too), my photographic evidence that I had the !!best time ever!! is replaced with close-ups of cacti and agave.

Luckily for my green thumb, I’ve discovered the secret to growing plants.

Are you ready? Well, it’s a dope album from the 70’s. Okay. So, it’s not really a *secret*. As the album cover suggests Mother Earth’s Plantasia by Mort Garson is “warm earth music for plants”¦and the people who love them.” Garson was a true pioneer of electronic music, and one of the first to use Moog synthesizers, an instrument that generates electric signals and converts them to sound, in his albums.

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Even if the music itself doesn’t inspire your indoor succulents to reach new heights, perhaps it will instill in you a sense of calm and confidence that will manifest itself in your gardening skills. At the very least, it’s a really great album that I can’t stop playing. Hit the play button and let the melodic synths seep into your plants and your heart for optimal growth*.

 

*Water/Food/Sunlight still necessary!