Category: Gardening

3 Tips for Designing the Perfect Garden

Gardener working in gardenFew things in life are more fulfilling than growing your own garden, but it can be an intimidating process to get started. If you have no idea how to create the ideal home garden, give these three easy tips a try. Before long, your efforts will be rewarded with a beautiful, productive garden that will become the envy of your neighborhood.

Research Your Climate

Before you begin selecting plants for your garden, you should first research your climate and find out what plants grow well in your area. Depending on how cold or hot your climate gets, some plants may be well suited for it while others will not be able to survive the growing conditions. The easiest way to find plants that grow well in your area is to purchase from your local greenhouse. However, if you do choose to purchase online, check the hardiness rating of each plant you buy to ensure that it is compatible with your climate.

Plot Out the Details 

It can be tempting to visit your local greenhouse and go crazy buying all of the flowers, trees, shrubs and garden plants that you like. However, doing so can be a recipe for disaster, especially if you have limited space. It’s ok to visit a greenhouse and jot down the details of the plants you like, but don’t purchase anything until you have analyzed your property and plotted out where you want plants to be placed. Keep in mind that shade-loving plants need shady areas to grow, while sun-loving plants should be placed in the sunniest parts of your property.

Go for Year-Round Color

The most impressive gardens are those that showcase beautiful colors all year round. When planning your garden, make sure you purchase plants that bloom at different times of the year, then disperse them throughout your garden. Doing this will give your garden eye-catching color during all seasons.

If you have always thought the ideal garden is too hard to achieve, think again. With just a little forethought and effort, you can create the perfect garden for your property.

City Gardening for Beginners

Roof TerraceLiving in the country vs. city, you can easily find a home with enough yard to grow your favorite veggies. It’s not so easy when you live in the city, however, where space is not easily found. There is still one option for city-dwellers who long for tomatoes fresh from the vine. Start a container garden in the biggest area available to you, the roof.

Benefits of Gardening

Roof gardens offer many benefits, besides the availability of fresh veggies. Since you control every step in the cultivation process, you can ensure your plants are truly organic. You can save on groceries during the growing season and perhaps best of all, you can enjoy “getting back to nature” in a small way.

Choosing Plants

Choose plants such as corn, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers, which will help you save room; use a trellis to support their upward growth if needed. Herbs, lettuce, beets and radishes can all be grown in window boxes or small pots. Don’t plant too early; frost will kill tender young plants.

Soil and Fertilizers

If you have a source of soil in your area, you can improve it with fertilizer. Otherwise, garden soil is readily available and inexpensive. While you’re at the garden store, ask for advice on amending your soil.

Compost makes a great fertilizer and it doesn’t cost anything. Use banana peels, egg shells, apple cores and more to start your own compost pile and mix it in with the soil you use for planting.

Pest Control

For pest control without pesticides, look for organic fertilizers or make your own by combining nettles with compost in a bucket with water and let them soak into a mulch, then apply to plants.

Container gardening in the city is a great way for you to enjoy fresh produce gained through your own efforts. If you are lucky enough to have a balcony, you can start there, knowing that you won’t have to share those with your neighbors.