|Posted by First Czech Garden Club on February 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM|
Beth Botts gave a presentation called "The Tired Garden and the Tired Gardener" She gave some ideas on how to spruce up your garden and how to make gardening easier.
The first suggestion was to decide who you are and what you want your garden to be like. It should reflect the "you" that you are now. You should design your garden around your current life. You do not need the same garden you did 15 years ago. Some examples are: You don't need to plant 10 tomato plants if there are only two of you; You don't need a vast grassy area for your grown-up 30 year old kids - and the grandkids don't come around enough for you to set aside a large space for them; You don't need to plant the red geraniums on the flower box because the neighbors expect it.
Her next topic was about making life easier for the "Tired" Gardener. Some ideas she gave were:
Plant Raised Beds. You don't have to bend as far
Plant the Right plant for the Right Location and Conditions
Perennials are Low Maintenance not "No' Maintenance
Understand YOUR Garden. Just because something looks great at the store or a magazine does not mean it will grow well - or at all! Research what will grow in YOUR Garden. It will save a lot of frustration
Native Plants do not mean you can leave them alone and they will all grow. You have to plant the Right Native Plant for the conditions in Your Garden. However Native Plants will attract Native Wildlife and make your garden more interesting.
Plant the right shrubs. You do not have to line your house with shrubs. Be Creative. Layer the height and size of the shrubs. Allow enough space for your shrub. Try Native Shrubs.
Tulip bulbs will typically not turn perrenial. If you bulb does not bloom it is not getting enough sunlight. Bulb plants originated in the mountains where there are cold winters and a short season
Lower Your Standards. It is not the end of the world if you have some brown spots or bugs. Also don't be afraid to get rid o plants that don't work
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL
Don't Be Afraid to try different things
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