Organization Makes Garden Planning Fun

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If you’ve never gardened than it’s pretty easy to become overwhelmed with your first excursion into the wild world of planting. There are so many seeds to choose from, not to mention soils and pots. One way to cut the choices significantly is to go eco in your garden. When you make choices based on green alternatives and methods, organization is made all the easier.

Choose Green Containers

Look around the house for containers that can be reused for gardening. Coffee cans, soup cans and even yogurt containers can all be reused in the garden. Of course terra cotta pots are a good secondary choice since they break down and broken pieces can be used as filters in other pots.

Go Organic with Soil

There are a few organic choices for organic soil, but local farmers can tell you what they use and even cut you a deal. Many farmers compost and even sell that back to the CSA members and public. Of course, if you compost than you already have the magic needed for happy plants. Visit garden forums and see what locals are using. One of the best way to learn is to make friends with successful gardeners. Most are thrilled to pass on their knowledge.

Choose Seeds Wisely

This is one area where choices will be significantly reduced because of a lack of choices. I know, I know, the stores are filled with seeds. The problem with many seeds is that you don’t know where they come from and if they have been tainted with the wrath of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). A search on Etsy found me a few shops with heirloom seeds that had been past down from generations within a family. Look for organic seeds. Luckily, organic seeds are becoming less expensive and more common than years before.

Think About Bouquets

Even if you are growing a vegetable garden you can still grow flowers. They actually aid in pollination and pest control for your veggies. Look to see which flowers help your chosen veggies with pest control. For example, Calendula usually grows well with tomatoes. The rule of thumb is that if it’s gorgeous in the garden, it will be stunning in your grandma’s vase on the table.

For those master gardeners, or even apprentice growers, what are you planning for your garden this year? What have you grown successfully in the past? Don’t forget to tell us where you are.

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  1. So i was reading back and came across this post. I actually just planted yesterday. our back yard is pretty shaded so i was looking for flowers that would grow without the sun! It’s very hard to come by. Hopefully i get something to pop up! Also about a month back my husband and i planted bulbs ( tulips, freesia, gardenia, tigerous.) and we have our first tulips up and it was about 2 inches out and the flower already bloomed and is opening up! it is sooo pretty!!… also i am located in Livermore, CA!!!

  2. I love to garden. I love watching seedlings sprout in my kitchen during the long winter. Here in NH, I usually can’t put anything out until late May without protection. I’ve grown lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, peppers, beans, melon (never got too big), squash, pumpkin, flowers. The growing season isn’t too long – I had a fig tree live here for a while but not fruit much – it became too annoying to worry about all winter, wrapping, etc. – I’ve had frosts at the end of August. Broccoli got eaten by something. Not much luck with carrots. I’m kind of a lazy gardener, too – probably could get more going if I didn’t take it so easy.

    Saving seeds is easy & I’ve always done that from year to year with great results. Whew. Can you tell I’m passionate about gardening? Although this year I may be giving my soil a rest and not planting anything.

  3. Thank you so much for getting my mind on the garden. I can’t wait for spring. I am getting ready to start seeds soon.
    Yea for gardens