27 Apr Growing Your Garden
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn
Gardening is not what it used to be and that’s a good thing! People are discovering clever ways to garden anywhere and everywhere. Do you have a tiny yard or no yard at all? There are solutions to keep your hands buried in the soil and your soul filled with the potential of the tiniest seed.
Whether it is vertical or living wall garden, a container garden, a raided garden or an in-ground bed, all garden provide significant benefits, helping you discover health and community right in your own backyard. Gardening is growing to the point that it has become something of national obsession: in fact, more than 100 million people garden in the United States, with nearly a million new gardeners added every year. If you want to join them, the process can be as simple as determining where you will locate your garden and what you want to grow.
Container gardening: This a very popular and simple form of gardening. It can be planting a geranium in a pot by the front door, or as complex as filling tubs, half barrels and window boxes to overflowing with foliage and edible or flowering plants. Arrange your plants in the containers, planting taller plants in the back or center and shorter plants that might spill over closer to the front of the pot. Containers work well if you live in an urban area or have a very small balcony or patio. Herbs do very well in small container gardens.
In-ground gardening: These are traditional vegetable and perennial beds that might be a part of your home’s permanent landscape. In-ground gardens typically require more attention than a container garden, with regular watering, weeding and maintenance. Using a no-till method will reduce the need to till every season. Lay down a thick layer of newspaper to kill grass, then start layering manure, soil, compost and mulch. Plant in the top layers, then add new organic matter layers in future seasons. This no-till method helps save the microorganisms in the soil and produce stronger, healthier plants.
Next time we meet, Spectacular Homes will talk about vertical gardens and raised beds. We want to provide you with as much useful home information for all of your Spring endeavors!