Tip #1 – For my first garden tip, I want to talk about growing herbs. Buying organic herbs at the grocery store can get quite expensive over time, and they are so easy to grow. For example, rosemary grows like crazy. Here in South Carolina, it lives even through the winter. It is definitely an herb worth your time to plant. You can plant it in a pot on the patio or in a garden bed – It does well in both areas. I love this herb because it’s so fragrant and so easy to maintain. I planted this one many years ago, and have done nothing to it since. 🙂
I took a picture of a bee on the flower of my Thyme plant. So pretty… This is another herb that comes back each year and grows like crazy. You can’t harvest this one in the winter, but you don’t have to do anything to this plant all summer long. You will have so much thyme, you will not be able to use it before it starts flowering. So make sure you cut it regularly and give it away, because it just keeps growing all season long into early fall. Tip #2 – Share the Garden’s Love 🙂
I love growing cucumber and tomatoes because I use them a lot in my meals. That’s Tip #3 – Plant only what you love and what you will use alot of, because you will have so many during the harvest period to use up. These are two plants that are also super easy to grow. (That’s Thyme in the bottom of the bowl)
Tip # 4 – Experiment with what works best in your yard. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – that’s how you learn. If you plant something and it doesn’t do well – figure out why. This area of my yard gets a lot of full sun. I have discovered a flower that does awesome here, due to trial and error. I love planting it now in every area where there’s a lot of sun, because I know I don’t have to do anything once it’s planted. These are Begonias – I LOVE THEM! Look at the Ivy that has found it’s way into this hanging pot. I did not plant that… Another upclose of it below. Gardening surprise.
Tip #5 – Use fun decoratives in your garden – This adds whimsy and interest. I found these two items at second hand shops and painted them.
Tip #6 – Put potted plants in sturdy planters that are easy to change each season. I purchased this one at an outdoor antique/flea market I went to last year. Here again are more planted Begonias – These are pink ones I can see from my bathtub window.
Tip # 7 – Don’t always pull a plant out of your pots at the end of the season when it dies. For example, these mums come back year after year. I just cut them down, once they have died, at the end of our fall season. I planted more begonias in these pots, mixed around the flowers that returned from last year. It’s all about simplifying, saving time and money. I don’t have a lot of time to spend gardening, so I try to make it as simple as possible.
It is so rewarding to see flowers growing and to harvest fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs, to use in the kitchen. I hope to inspire you to grow something today – inside or out.
Your mind is the garden – Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers – Or you can grow weeds.