I am a gardener and creator at heart and it seems that I have been this way since childhood.
Thoughts of gardening are frequently on my mind and I am already planning for the next season. Some of my best inspiration for decorating, crafting as well as creating develop when I am in the gardens. It seems to me the wide variety of natural colors, variation of textures, the pungent earthy scent of Mother Nature ignite a creative passion within me. I will always believe in my heart that this gift of creativity came from growing up on our farm in Idaho, it appears that I was the female version of Tom Sawyer.
Making mud pies, scampering along the river banks and watching my Mother and Father create were some of my favorite pastimes.
I urge you too, to spend some time with Nature it is truly good for the soul.
I am often times asked what to plant in a garden that will grow, that really is the key isn’t it!
So, for today let us concentrate on some easy, reliable workhorse plants for your garden.
I have always enjoyed having fresh flowers in our home year around and there is just not any greater joy for a gardener than to be able to cut their own fresh flowers from their garden.
Today I have chosen two dependable, fast growing, productive, easy to harvest and relatively low maintenance flowers to share with you.
Who can resist the charm and cheery presence of the dependable Sunflower.
For many gardeners this was their first love and took them from a novice gardener to pro in just a few years.
Let us begin with the single stem sunflower.
Attributes of Single Stem Sunflower
TIP: Plant sunflower seeds in 2-3 week intervals for continued blooms all Summer.
*Single large Bloom
*Cut flower lasts 7-10 Days
Attributes of Branching Stem Sunflower
*Multiple Blooms per plant
*Diversity of shape, color and size of bloom
Oh the ambitious heart of the zinnia, always eager to share it’s showy blossoms and steadily unyielding in most climates.
Simply grown from seeds with the ability to reseed year after year is a joy to behold in the garden. Powdery mildew and Alternaria is their worst enemy.
Follow this link above for tips on how to control these problems.
Attributes of The Zinnia
*Fabulous and Brilliant Color
*Size and Shape
*Bloom Time Early Summer to Fall
*Cut Flowers last 7-10 days
My girls frequently ask me what to plant in their vegetable gardens.
So I thought I would share some easy vegetable garden favorites, these choices will uplift the novice and thrill the pro.
With just a couple of squash and tomato plants along with some onions you are well on your way to a variety of recipes, or as I call them one pot wonders!
Our diet is definitely veggie infused. SMILES!
The Vegetable Garden and one of my favorite all time quotes from the enlightened Voltaire.
Growing A Gorgeous Tomato:
( Yes indeed Tomatoes can be gorgeous!)
*6-8 hours of sunshine to enhance their flavor.
*In hot climates afternoon shade is welcomed.
*Stake, trellis or cage to keep them off the ground and implement before they get too big.
*Water well during growing season.
*Perfect time to pick tomato is when it is still firm, and red.
*Squash is seasonal.
*Susceptible to heat and frost.
*There are many varieties of squash (this is Crookneck Squash.)
*Easy to grow.
*Fast to mature.
*Delicious steamed or sauteed.
* Watch out for Squash Vine Borer.
*Onion Varieties depending on your location.
Yellow-Sweet Spanish in the North.
Stuttgarter best in the South.
*One inch of water a week, more water the sweeter the onion.
*Well drained soil.
*Fertilize every few weeks to get big bulbs.
*Harvest time when tops turn brown and fall over.
*Let them cure on dry ground for a few days before storing.
Thank you for joining me today and I’d love to hear from you on your favorite garden choices.
See you back tomorrow for 10 on the Tenth where I will be sharing a nifty way to use fabric!