If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with gardening, now is the time! While it’s a little late to start most vegetable seedlings, you can still plant a gorgeous garden to enjoy all summer long. We’ve got a few ideas to get your yard looking spectacular:
There are plenty of options for making small spaces beautiful and green - just go up, not out! You can create a cool vertical green space by attaching chicken wire to a cedar frame and hanging baskets or ceramic pots. Or, pick up an old chest of drawers and use the open drawers as ideal planter boxes - pull the bottom drawer out the farthest, the next one up a little less, and so on until the top drawer has just enough space for a single row of colourful blooms.
Herbs & Spices
Fragrant and handy, growing your own herbs is a great way to add greenery to your porch. Herbs need UV light to grow, so don’t attempt to grow them indoors (most windows are UV-blocking). If you’re short on space, use a hanging canvas shoe organizer and plant one herb plant per shoe slot - and voila! You’ve got one happy herb garden.
Love raspberries? Even when they are in season, they are pretty expensive to buy in stores so plant your own little raspberry patch for gorgeous organic berries all summer long! Low maintenance and high yield, raspberry plants just require regular watering for nice, plump berries and come back year after year. They also like to send their roots out underground so don’t be surprised if you have several new “volunteers” each year! At the end of the season, cut down the stalks to about two-feet off the ground and remove any dead stalks from previous years. It’s really that easy.
Wooden landscape ties are the perfect solution to making awkward slopes look great with terraced planter boxes, but if you’re climbing and reaching to weed or re-plant, those wooden ties can get quite slippery over time. Keep yourself safe by using Gripstrips in strategic spots to stop the yourself from slipping. Find GripStrips at these hardware stores or online.