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.