Monthly Archives: January 2012
My Favorite Garden Magazines
Building a raised bed vegetable garden is similar to growing plants in containers but on a much larger scale. In a raised bed the plants are contained (useful when growing creeping varieties like mint and strawberries) while still allowing the roots to penetrate into the ground. Planting a raised bed garden not only gives your lawn much neater look, but it also allows anyone to have a garden regardless of the quality of your native soil.
Getting started gardening with raised bed vegetable gardening is easier than starting a traditional garden. Rather than removing well-established grass and spending days tilling the soil and working in enough organic compounds to grow healthy plants, you can simply build a small retaining wall and fill your new garden with a mixture of nutrient-rich compost, manure, and black dirt. You don’t even need to remove the sod first. Continue reading
Have you been to the MN Landscape Arboretum? This informational video made by the arboretum walks you through the many different areas and gardens available for you to explore. They offer annual and perennial gardens, Japanese gardens, waterfall gardens, and many more. The arboretum is open 363 days a year, with trails for snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.
Some MN Landscape Arboretum Facts:
- Over 1,000 acres of landscaped gardens
- 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails
- Is part of the Dept. of Horticultural Science at the Univsity of MN
- Develops and evaluates plants for cold climates
- Is a community resource for environmental information
Organic gardening has been growing in popularity over the past few years, especially with more consumers turning to gardening their own produce over purchasing them from the grocery store.
Organically grown produce, and even flowers, are more vibrantly colored, healthier and definitely more flavorful than those grown with chemical-based gardening aides.
If you are new to the organic gardening world, then it can be difficult to know where to start and avoid any chemically based gardening aides. To help get your new hobby moving along, we have a few tips that will get you started the organic way.
Creating Garden Soil
Ready-made soil purchased at your local gardening center usually contains chemically based nutrients. Instead of purchasing ready-made soils, consider using nutrient-rich compost. Compost bins are relatively easy to create and they are handy to keep around throughout the seasons.
Essentially, compost is created from the natural waste of your kitchen with scraps such as egg shells, fruits, etc. If you are in a hurry to get your planting done, many garden centers sell organically created composts or compost starter kits as well. I like to purchase organic ready-made soil and amend it with compost from my compost bin. Continue reading