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I’m the first to admit, I just don’t have a green thumb. I wish I did because I love gardens, the life it brings, the joyful color, the depth and texture it adds to a lawn (or any space, as a matter of fact)… but I just can’t make it happen. My backyard is considered a ‘courtyard’ because there is no grass or garden to be seen for miles. It is all paver stones, fountains, a swimming pool, a fire pit, a grilling station and multi-level decking… a brown thumb homeowner’s dream. But I do know that it is that time of year, gardening is the thing to be doing right now. So, I went to some gardening experts and asked for some advice to share in blogland and boy, did they come through for us.
Here are some key elements that ensure your plants stay healthy and productive during the spring
To maximize a small space, train plants and vegetables on fence-mounted trellises. For each one, cut a 5- x 10-foot piece of rigid 1/4-inch wire mesh from a building supplier. Attach four wood blocks to the fence (one for each corner of mesh), screw a lag hook into each block, and fit the mesh over the hooks.
The perfect garden centerpiece is a circular structure (either a birdbath or flower filled urn). The birdbath will attract birds that in turn feed on insect pests. The color of the bath’s facade could be the perfect compliment to the garden. I love any addition that brings more life to a garden, and watching the birds frolic in the water is a relaxing way to spend some leisure time.
An easy homemade cages has an organic look. HOW-TO: Set four 6-foot-long 2 x 2 redwood stakes 1 foot into the ground to form a 20- x 2-inch square; plant seedling in the center. As the plant grows, tie sisal twine around stakes every 6 inches. Who wouldn't like an endless supply of homegrown tomatoes right outside your back door?
Cheerful blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators; they also bring birds and beneficial insects that dine on insect pests. Pictured is a 'Jerusalem Sunrise Lemon' (above), like other sunflowers, is easy to grow, a beautiful addition to any garden and attracts the bees and butterflies.
Jot down when to fertilize (heavy feeders such as tomatoes can use diluted liquid fish emulsion several times during the growing season). Also write down when your crops should start producing (check labels). Pick peppers when they reach their mature size and color.
Now, doesn’t this make gardening seem easy? “I CAN DO THIS”… well, I wish.
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