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Growing a garden of your own provides not only free, fresh food, but a way for you to get in touch with nature and do your small part to make our planet just a bit more sustainable. Many folks find gardening a meditative hobby that allows them to focus on the here-and-now, and quiet some of the everyday stress and anxiety that comes with a busy lifestyle. If you’ve always wanted a garden but aren’t quite sure how to make your space work, we’ve got some answers for you today.
Don’t be discouraged by the lack of a sprawling backyard; your patio or balcony is just as good of a place to grow some greens. Find a sunny corner of your space and look into growing veggies and herbs in pots. Large vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes require pots that are about two feet in diameter, but smaller pots work great for greens, peppers, and delicious fresh herbs like basil and rosemary. If you have the space, mix it up with one or two larger pots for the vegetables your family loves best, mixed with a handful of smaller pots. If you don’t have a patio, you can also look into window boxes which latch on to your windowsill and allow for easy watering and tending.
If you’re looking to start growing this season, consider planting your seeds indoors first. This gives your plants a jump start, and allows you to control the environment, particularly in early spring when weather can be unpredictable and a stray frost can knock your plants out of their element. Check out the Farmer’s Almanac for a handy guide about when to transplant your pots outdoors based on your region. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can also follow their plant-by-the-moon guide.
The trusty up-not-out trick works for so many areas of home décor and design, and also applies to your garden. If you’re short on space, it’s helpful to encourage vertical plant growth by installing stakes or trellises. Look for sturdy material that will be able to support the plant or vine you’re growing. Bamboo is an aesthetically pleasing and strong material that’s ideal for encouraging the upward incline of your greenery.
If you’re buying potted plants from a nursery or multi-purpose store like Home Depot, they’ll likely come with a plant tag that carries important information about your plant’s growth trajectory, sunlight and water requirements, and how high or low-maintenance it will be. Be sure to carefully review this information before buying your plant, and make purchases based on how much time and energy you can realistically dedicate to your garden. You should also make a habit of hanging on to the plant tag and referring back to it to keep your plants blossoming all season long.
Are you looking for the ideal place to put your green thumb to work? Contact an Olympus property near you today to find your home.