Friday, February 15, 2013


The trusty zone map

It's time to start having those extravagant dreams of your gorgeously planned and meticulously executed vegetable garden accompanied by your fantastically colorful and splendidly fragrant flower patio garden.  For most of us this dream also includes the acres of rich dark soil that you also don't have.  But anyplace can be a garden.  And now is the time to get started ( even in those cold zones you may have some seeds to start indoors...).

This is one dream herb garden complete with dream soil.  But in reality, all you actually need to grow the amount of herbs used by a normal sized family is this window box:

I have been noticing lots of creative vertical gardens out there and really want to try some of these ideas.  Great space savers, but also good for certain crops that normally end up lying on the ground.

Like these berries!

You don't even need a backyard for this.  And it's so pretty!

This is the kind of garden you dream about, waking up, pouring a cup of coffee, going out to check on your babies, see what's new.  You can be the very proud gardener in here!

But some of these space savers are well worth bragging about. 

Along with the vertical garden, one more thing I am obsessing about is what is affectionately referred to as 'zombie gardening'.  If you're like me you're thinking 'you had me at zombie' but it gets even more awesome in that it refers to sprouting and growing your table scraps.  Celery, potatoes, avocado pits, garlic cloves etc...

There are so many helpful gardeners out there spreading their great tips and tricks... Here are a couple I found that seem very useful:

Start your seedlings in toilet paper rolls and when you're ready to plant you put the whole thing in the ground and the cardboard will eventually decompose.

Using plastic bottle tops and plastic bags for mini greenhouse effect. 

Well, there is much work to be done.  Lots of trial and error.  And hopefully, lots of success! Dream big, plant some food and flowers and feel good ; )

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