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7 Things Your Garden Needs from You

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7 Things Your Garden Needs from You

By Erica Glasener, Networx

If your garden could tell you what it needs, these are 7 things it would request.

1. Realistic expectations: Designing your garden to provide year around interest or production of food is a great goal to strive for.† However, it is not realistic to think it will have the same look in every season. Spring and summer may offer bountiful blooms but colorful foliage may be the focus in fall, and in winter, bark and berries will be the stars.

2. A plan: Develop a garden design plan or hire a professional designer (or landscape architect) to develop one which you can implement over time. In the long run this will save you time and money and your garden will thank you from sparing it lots of loss, due to the wrong plant being planted in the wrong place. A plan also allows you to think outside the box and to expand your gardening options. Have you considered a green roof as one of your garden options? Meeting with a green roofer is the first step in starting a rooftop garden or a green roof. Fun fact: Did you know that Washington D.C. has the most green roof acreage of any US city? One thinks of politicians rather than green roofers in Washington D.C., but the U.S. General Services Administration promotes green roof technology.

3. Structure: The first plants you add (other than those in containers) should be your trees and shrubs.† Before you put in flower beds plant trees and shrubs that will define your garden and help you determine where to plant sun or shade loving perennials.† If you incorporate built structures like walls, arbors, fences and gates, choose materials that will relate to the style and architecture of your house.† This will help create a garden with a sense of place. Some of my neighbors have hired concrete contractors in our area (Atlanta) to build walls and paths in their gardens. It’s an investment with a huge visual impact.

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8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting, my garden is strictly on the balcony so it is container gardening where one still gets to see leafy greens and stunning flowers along with tasty veggies. Never forgetting of course the Main Essential-Catnip or Her Grandness will have my head!

6:41AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Thank you!!

4:51PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thanks for the interesting and good points. Gardening is a rewarding hobby- good for physical exercise, and nurtures mind and spirit. Gardening is a good way to get grounded- take a few minutes walk and thank your garden each morning- starts you off on the sunny side of the street.

8:38AM PDT on May 8, 2012

good info. thanks. i am planning my garden for this year.

7:13AM PDT on May 7, 2012

Thanks for the tips!

4:43PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Great tips, thanks! I'm working on my very first garden. ^_^

5:37AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Thank you for this good information..

5:06AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Thanks good information.

1:15PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

good tips

2:37PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

and love

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