It’s time to start thinking about winter. Yes, that’s what I said. Winter! You remember that season when temperatures plunge to the opposite extreme from what we’ve been experiencing lately. The season when white stuff falls from the sky instead of rain (I’m talking about snow of course). It’s also the season when your garden sleeps and gathers its energy for next spring’s growth.
End of Disappointment, Beginning of Hope: or the Optimism of Gardening
This year’s gardening experience has been disappointing, frustrating, hot, and dusty. Coming out of a mild winter, we were all excited about getting a head start on Mother Nature, but like the old commercial, we found out, "It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!" Once again she outfoxed us, and instead of a bountiful, verdant garden, most of us have been left with withered plants and high water bills.
Container gardens are becoming one of the most popular types of gardening. Container gardens can be grown on apartment balconies, courtyards, decks, patios, and areas with poor soil.
Just about any container can be used including clay, ceramic and plastic pots, wood barrels, wire baskets lined with sphagnum moss or coconut coir, planter boxes, and even cement blocks. Be sure you never use a container that held toxic materials, especially if edible plants are going to be grown.
Ahh! Summertime! I have a friend that frequently asks me, "And how does your garden grow?" This is the year that my garden is awesome, thanks to our bountiful spring rains.
After perusing every new gardening book I came across, I decided to make a round garden, divided into three sections. This year, one section is devoted to zinnias for a cutting garden. I have also "grown" a bottle tree. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can grow one of these!