Trials and Miscues

I’ve never been much of a gardener choosing to make a yard as low maintenance as possible.  In Maine, however, it’s impossible not to get a little excited about gardening as flowers are, in the words of one daughter, so brave and outspoken.

All you have to do to see that is visit a nursery

where the selection of growing things edible and decorative is overwhelming.

My attempts at gardening so far are mostly trials and even more miscues.  What I am striving for is a cutting garden  with blooms lasting through the summer and into the fall.  While that is possible, there’s lots to learn about what works.  Take delphiniums which are beautiful to look at, but they get so top heavy they topple over, especially after a rainfall.

And, that flower around them, which I think is a type of geranium, is the right height, but rather than stand up it spreads all over the place destroying other plants with their weight.

So what have I learned about gardening? A successful garden has a blend of annuals and perennials.  That means investing in new plants every year, but to get the right combination of color and texture, it’s worth it.  Thanks to a series of trials and miscues I realize that defining scale and developing a cohesive color scheme is a must to avoid chaos.

Flowers and herbsPerhaps the most important lesson is that successful gardening can be done in pots! It is ever so much easier to combine interesting plant materials in pots than to try to balance them in a garden.

 As I continue to learn to create the bigger picture, I’ll not abandon my successes!

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Gardens Galore

Grow It!

As referenced in my last post, fresh and local is readily available these days at farmers markets, but what about in your own back yard or rooftop or patio?

gardenGardens can be anywhere you can put a planter, and they don’t have to be major projects that require lots of digging, planting and maintenance.

gardenIf herbs are your fancy, they are easily grown in pots

gardenwhich can work beautifully into a patio setting.  Not only do they add color and texture but herbs are the absolute easiest to grow with no more than a little TLC.

gardenMy daughters came up with very clever  ways to garden.  One used wine crates to create multiple growing spaces for herbs, lettuces and tomatoes.   Since they are wood, it is a good idea to have drainage holes in the bottom of the crates and to line them with plastic to keep them from rotting.

gardenThis daughter chose watering troughs from a farm store for her garden, and they have worked great.   These are totally filled with dirt which makes them a little heavy should they need to be moved.  An alternative would be to fill them about 2/3 full with styrofoam packing material which would lighten them considerably and still leave plenty of room for dirt.

gardenWhere there is yard space, a raised garden is perfect. It is simple and inexpensive as it only requires a wood or, as in this photo, stone frame and enough dirt to fill it.  I have found this to be a very successful way to expand my vegetable selection, and a 4×8 dimension makes it very easy to work.

gardenThis has to be my favorite garden in that it is as visually appealing as it is practical.  Finding the old tubs is a bit of a challenge, but you could just as easily use galvanized ones.


gardensWith all the interest in gardening, there is no shortage of books on the subject.  These three, for example, are loaded with helpful hints.

What I love about having my own little garden, be it in pots or in a raised bed, is the satisfaction that comes with knowing I did it.   I check on my growing things every day, and I am so pleased when I can harvest that first basil stem, tomato, lettuce or radish.  If you haven’t tried growing some of your own fresh and local, get started…..NOW!

If you have gardening tips or stories, I’m betting the rest of us would love to hear.

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