Courtesy of Bonnie Plants Container gardens are an easy way to incorporate color, edibles and interest into the landscape. Container gardens allow you to easily dress up your balcony and patio, create a colorful welcome for guests and keep edibles close at hand for cooking and entertaining. They’re also […]
Daphne bloom. (Tom Karwin — Contributed) Let’s consider evergreen shrubs, which differ from deciduous shrubs by continuing in leaf year-round. This is not the same as retaining leaves all year: evergreen shrubs sometimes are described as dropping their leaves year-round, for on-going renewal. A separate group of evergreens is […]
May is the month when we really can’t wait to get our gardens started. Everywhere we go, there are temptations. Great plant sales are being advertised, and they are hard to resist. It is wise to keep in mind that the last frost date for northern Illinois is May […]
Wyevale Nurseries says the sales increase has been driven by demand from independent garden centres, trade customers and cash and carry. Sales and marketing director Adam Dunnett said: “It’s fantastic news. March has been a great month for us and our best March since 2012 and in fact it […]
View of the Welcome Centre. Image: Hodder and Partners The application for the 63-hectare garden will now be referred to the Secretary of State because it is being built on the green belt, on the site of a former historic garden at Worsley New Hall. An RHS spokesperson said […]
Provided Gardening is one of the most rewarding things a family can do together. Spring has finally arrived bringing with it the promise of a new season for many things — baseball, landscaping, recreation, graduations and moving on to new schools or careers. It’s also time for gardeners to […]
Though it may not feel like it, spring is just around the corner, and farmers are in full swing prepping their seedlings for a lush summer harvest. For home gardeners and urban dwellers—whose unseen gardens dwell on rooftops or tucked into windowsills—that means it’s time to start planting, too. […]
Looking for a way to cut down all that time spent on autumn chores? Look no further.
Raking leaves in the yards is a cumbersome, tedious task, only worsened by the likelihood that a child will destroy hours of work by jumping into the pile. But did you know that you’ve probably been raking leaves wrong your whole life? Ditch the pronged gardening tool and get yourself a hearty piece of cardboard to make the job easy-peasy.
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We are increasingly disconnected from the food we eat. What better way to fix that than to grow your own stash? Madeleine Somerville explains how
For the five years I spent as a youth worker, I spent my days playing pool and handing out condoms, functioning as an advocate and running a gardening program called Grow. Grow was designed to reconnect kids with the process of planting, growing and harvesting organic fruits and vegetables.
While bribing teenage boys to care about organic gardening was challenging, it also had unique rewards. I witnessed a 17-year-old kid discover how broccoli grows and watched as he idly picked snap peas right off the vine and declared with shock that they actually tasted good. These discoveries underlined for me how disconnected many of us have become from our food.
Today, the farm-to-table movement has made many of us consider the origins of what we eat at restaurants. But at home it can be difficult to stay mindful. The simplest way to take on a proactive relationship with what you eat is to grow some of it yourself. Its a trend that seems to be taking off.
In 2011, the UK reported that 5% of fruits and vegetables consumed were home-grown, up from 2.9% in 2008. As of 2014, the US, boasted 35% of households, or 42m, growing food at home or in a community garden, up 17% in five years.
The internet offers a wealth of resource guides distinct to your regions soil makeup, climate and growing season, making planting and troubleshooting a snap. So theres just not much standing in between you and your future garden.
How to grow your own vegetables in a flat, condo or studio apartment
If you live in a flat or a condo and lack the space for a garden of your own, you may still be able to access a plot of land through a community garden. Ask around to see if one exists near you.
When you do get started, veggies such as kale, peas and zucchini are easy to grow and can offer a confidence boost to novice gardeners, but the best guide for what to plant should be what you love to eat. Browse through a seed catalogue and see what makes your mouth water Ive always loved West Coast Seeds for unique heritage seed varieties, but finding a seed supplier local to you will give you your best chance of success.