Community Gardening – A Beginner’s Square Foot Garden – Part One

I joined a community garden this year.  Growing vegetables and herbs is something I’ve thought about for a long time.  But digging up the back yard to create a garden was never high on anyone’s list at my house.In a matter of happenstance, In April I noticed an advertisement in the local paper for a new community garden and knew this would be my chance.  I enlisted a good friend to share the plot so that both of us would have the ability to take summer vacations etc without being tied to tending a garden.  Community Gardens are a great way to garden.  Not only will you have a dedicated space for growing but you’ll have the resources of experience from other gardeners. Already I’ve found it fun to see what everyone else has planted and watch their plants growing too!My garden … [Read more...]

7 Succulent Gardens You Can Create

Succulent gardens are perfect for those with-and without- green thumbs. They take less watering than the average garden, require far less maintenance, and are pretty forgiving when it comes to soil. Best of all? They come in a wide variety of colors and are sure to add amazing texture and interest to any garden.Upcycling and succulent gardening? An all-around win! This succulent pallet garden by Justina Blakeney is divine.Boxes full of succulents! Clever ideas like this just always make me happy. From Design Sponge's Teeny Tiny Gardening interview.Vertical garden of succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens, complete with a very thorough DIY tutorial.  Love the idea, and it could work in any type of decor, from modern to country and everything in between.Adorable tabletop bowl full … [Read more...]

Grow a Salsa Garden in a Jar

Photo of salsa by Florian (Ed Note:The weather is warm and garden stores are showing off a wide variety of herbs and vegetables to plant in your garden (if you have  a garden). Here's a great way to bring fresh flavors to your table with just a little outside space.)Strawberry jars are urn-shaped containers that have openings or "pockets" on the sides. Originally, they were made for growing strawberries as the jar structure allows the crown of the plant to stay above the soil line, which is important for the plant. The design also keeps the fruit off of the ground. It turns out, these handy jars are excellent for all kinds of planting themes such as growing a salsa garden on your patio or deck.What you'll need:1 Strawberry jar (Terra Cotta or plastic) -- or a regular planting … [Read more...]

Planting the Color of The Year – Radiant Orchid Plants in Your Garden

The color of the year, chosen by Pantone, is Radiant Orchid. It's a bright purply-pink color and it's a huge hit in home decor accents and fun office accessories all over the place. But if you want to GROW something in your garden or home landscaping that features the color of the year can you?  The answer is yes! See some of my favorite plants that will bring the radiant color of the year to your outdoor spaces.Hatsuzakura Tulips from ColorblendsOh I adore these gorgeous tulips by Colorblends. Plant bulbs in the fall when the leaves start turning colors for gorgeous blooms in the following spring.Lavender Bloom-a-Thon Azaleas by Proven WinnersThese Azaleas are reblooming azaleas so they are shade-loving, evergreen shrubs that flower at least twice a year with … [Read more...]

6 Scent-Sational Things To Do With Lavender Flowers

Even if you aren't lucky enough to have a garden bursting with lavender flowers, you might be able to find it at a local gardening store, or perhaps even the flower section of your favorite grocer. Alternatively, you can likely find lavender bunches at a farmer's market, florist, or organic gift shop.What to do with all of those lovely smelling, purple flowers to hold onto that fragrance for as long as possible?Perhaps make lavender essential oil (technically an extract), as shown in this tutorial by Condo Blues. Use it in natural cleaners, recipes, or bath products from there.Have some organic lavender? Try this mouth-watering lavender and onion side dish. From Veggie Belly.Thrifty moisturizing bath soak recipe...looks divine. Tutorial by Sweetwater Style.Let's not … [Read more...]