Friday, March 29, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

     Sometimes I think I'm getting better at gardening, sometimes I think I'm getting worse. Good and bad aside, here's some things I've learned (mostly from my dad who is a badass at gardening) that I thought I'd share now that spring is officially here.
1. Have a plan. I've mostly failed at this, but the ideal situation is to organize your garden so that you replenish plants when necessary. You don't want to have perennials, which have a shorter bloom, loose their luster at the same time your annuals, which die out each year, bite the dust. Also, it's a good idea to separate herbs from flowers.
      -->Good tip "tis' better to succeed just a little than to fail grandly" 

Start small, succeed small, build on that success. 
2. Improve the soil: How? Organic matter. Compost, decayed leaves, grass clippings and organic fertilizer.
3. Prune: remove dead leaves and flowers. Trim or remove stems and branches that are growing wild and crazy to keep the shape pretty.
4. Keep pests out: pick off caterpillars and give them a new home (outside of your garden!). Use an organic spray to keep bugs away (don't be polluting the ocean and waterways now with chemical runoff, ya hear? :). Keep an eye on your plants for noticeable signs of sickness or disease. 
-->tip: I've heard you can place chamomile tea at the base of a seedling once a week to control damping-off fungus. 

5. Give them food and water. I know this is obvious, but this is typically where I struggle. I usually remember to water my plants, except when I don't and their soil turns to some form of concrete. I also forget that, aside from water, plats like to eat, too. Take the information stake that comes with the plants and leave it with that plant (push it down in the dirt behind it so you can't see it and then pull it out for reference when you need to). Then you can remember exactly what you're supposed to do for feeding and watering for each one.  


Got any other tips? I'd love to hear them!


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20 comments:

  1. We had a veggie garden last year and added peat to our soil. It helped immensely!

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  2. I love your backyard! It's so pretty. We are working on having a garden this year.

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  3. I've been getting all amped up this week about container gardens and composting - we can't actually put anything in the ground due to neighborhood rules and terrible soil, but that's ok, we've got a big deck for pallet gardens! Start small and have a plan....I need to remember this. Love your backyard!

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  4. Your backyard is amazing! So bright and colorful, I adore it! Gorgeous pics too! :)

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  5. i want your yard. and your house. and your city. and your life - minus the surfing...if thats even possible! :)

    I have no green thumb to even give you advice :(

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  6. ah what a cool backyard! it make me miss southern california so very much! you did a wonderful job!

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  7. we tried to plant a garden last year and failed completely. mostly because I we didn't do any of your above steps & hints :)

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  8. girl... i just took this class in grad school called super nutrition gardening.. here is the book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Super-Nutrition-Gardening-William-Peavy/dp/0895295326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364577572&sr=8-1&keywords=super+nutrition+gardening

    it's SO up your alley- talks about the proper way to fertilize soil and remove pests without harming the planet!!!!! oh you must get this book. seriously.

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  9. Wow what an amazing back yard! I never had much of a green thumb, but I'd love to be able to grow flowers one day <3.

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  10. Your backyard is so cool! It looks like a fun place to hang out. Thanks for sharing your gardening know how. I'd love to do some planting this spring. There's something satisfying about getting your hands dirty--just like your picture! Love it!

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  11. I think you do a great job with your gardening! Backyard looks great. Have a great Easter!

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  12. can i pitch a tent in your backyard? it is so warm and welcoming! great job at cultivating the outdoor space as an extension of your home. i made the mistake of planting my mint in the ground and it is outta control!
    happy weekend :)

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  13. I am head over heels in love with your adorable backyard/house/proximity to the beach. Can I move in with you?

    I can't wait to have a house and a garden. Thankfully my parents have a nice big garden and give us fresh veggies every summer :)

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  14. I just love your patio/backyard it's so colorful and pretty! We rent our house right now so we cannot create the huge garden we want, but we have started container gardening which is fun and challenging too!

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  15. Can I just pitch a tent and live in your backyard? I just love it. Thanks for the gardening tips...I have a hard thyme with thyme too dang it! Haha.

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  16. Wow, your garden is stunning. And the sunshine! The warmth! Here in the UK everything is still freezing, literally, and nothing is growing. Gardening is very fickle, I just keep trying! The soil is everything though I think - at home things don't grow very well, but I have an allotment with fantastic soil which makes a huge difference.

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  17. your backyard is amazing! i love how colorful and full of life it is. xo

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  18. Your backyard always looks so inviting, regardless of the health status of the thyme!

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  19. I am such a black thumb when it comes to gardens. Also, don't have much the dedication or planning to start one. Maybe this year!

    I love your photos of your garden and backyard. It's so bright and cheery, and as someone said above, inviting!!

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