Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Secret Garden

I went walking the other day on on a different trail than normal and I passed by a house with a lovely back yard. They had a pool and what I think is a greenhouse and then in a small corner of the yard was a small garden.

It was so quaint, with nice rows and little signs indicating the plants and little sprouts were coming up...


I have been wanting a little garden of my own for a while now. But I didn't think I had the room for it. Our backyard has lots going on. We have the trampoline in one corner, the playset in the other corner and a few trees and against the fence we have it all nicely landscaped so I only have a few places to put a little garden.

And after seeing how small but perfect this little garden was, I figured I can surely find a place for it somewhere.

We have started eating more healthily and more organic around here. I am making our bread, I have joined a produce co-op that has been super yum, but despite this all  I would really love a garden.

My problem...I have no idea how to start one, where to begin, what to plant or where? I would love to be able to use pots as well if possible.

I would also love to grow some herbs.

I live in the deep south. It's almost summer time so maybe it's too late to start planting, but any suggestions or help would be wonderful even if I don't get started until next year.

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The Halbert Home said...

Found you on WFMW-
We started a small garden last summer about this time. First, you'll need to figure out how to get rid of the grass and weeds in that area. Second, till the area you want to grow in (add a couple of bags of mushroom compost as a soil ammendment...works great!). Third, plant and water your veggies. You could still plant beans, peppers, squash, zucchini, okra, and tomatoes. Probably other things too. I like to look at the Farmer's Almanac (online) to see what you can plant about now.

Another option would be to plant a raised bed/square foot garden. No tilling or weeding required. Just build a little bed and add some soil...it's like growing in a big square pot. There are lots of plans for that if you google it.

If you just want to do pots you could do peppers, herbs and tomatoes in pots.

It's so great eating your own veggies. Hope you get a chance to grow some this summer!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

Your garden doesn't have to be a seperate section of your yard, either. It can be throughout your garden; it's called edible landscaping. Here's mine:

alsong with ideas on other edible landscapes. (Those are last year's pictures; it is much fuller now; I'll be putting up new photos soon, so check back again!)

I'm in Las Vegas. Even though it's hot, you can still plant swiss chard, zucchini, butternut squash, other squashes and melons from seed now. Then in the fall you can plant lettuce, spinach, radishes, tunips, etc.

Muthering Heights said...

I'm sorry, I can't offer any advice...I kill plants like no other!!!

Amy said...

I have done 2 things. I have added my veggies to my flowering garden and I grow things up and over arches. I have blogged about both. There is always room for something.

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