Check out these gardening bloggers

 

 

Hi, I’m Stuart and I’m a “gardenoholic.” I have been dealing with this addiction ever since I first moved to a house with a small patio and backyard, years ago. Ever since then, my addiction became stronger by the year; I’ve started investing more and more into gardening tools, reading more about organizing a decent garden and ended up creating my own paradise corner, filled with decorative plants, elements, and even those hated garden gnomes. I do not want to fight my addiction but I merely want to find more people who are as intrigued as I am by creating a beautiful Heaven piece from scratch.

Owning a garden is more of a full-time job if you want to make it work. It requires plenty of your time, year-round work, and quite the investment in most of the cases. However, what you can do with a little grass and some decorative plants and elements is truly amazing.

Obviously, there are numerous other bloggers out in the field who may be doing things better than I am, but all I can do is follow them closely, recreate and then create my own twisted garden. So, if you want further inspiration in creating your own nature corner, here is a list of my favorite gardening bloggers of the moment.

 

Jono Stevens

Jono is your guy if you’re into growing your own veggies and organic food. His posts are on spot, with plenty of details, insights and professional tips on how to grow different types of herbs, veggies, and fruits. He even published his own veggie growing book guide and is followed by thousands of people.

I like his posts because they are simple, authentic, and easy to follow. You can truly see this guy’s dedication and devotion towards fertile soil and all its life wonders.

 

 

Floret

Floret is a family owned small flower farm business, specialized in growing unique flowers and decorative plants for your most special occasions in life.

I admire the family’s dedication towards flowers and reading their posts is always a pleasure. You can read the hard work and struggle between the lines, and, in some way, I think that this is one of the most important authenticity features – to not be afraid of showing off your flaws and frustrations, but always be willing to overcome them. The “Floret Family” how I like to call these guys are doing just that, so, if you want to learn everything about exquisite flowers and even buy your own seeds, bulbs or grownup plants, they are the ones to follow.

 

 

David Marsden

This anxious gardener describes his passion for gardening in few words but wisely chosen. His posts are true, authentic, and filled with personal photos of his work in progress gardens. If you want to learn more about being a good gardener, as well as some useful tips from the professionals, I suggest following him right away.

 

 

 

 

Garage organization. Storage tips and ideas

 

 

Making a bit of extra room in my garage has always been a challenging task. On the one hand, I couldn’t seem to get enough space for my tools, although, in theory, there should be sufficient. As you might have noticed if you took the time to check out my blog in the past, I’m passionate about gardening.

So, one day, I thought to myself, “If I can keep my garden organized, why shouldn’t I be able to do the same with my garage?” The first thing I did was clean everything. I had ignored the situation for far too long. My problem was that both the rest of my family and I were using the garage as some sort of space where we dumped things we no longer used. The problem was solved in part when I organized a yard sale with the help of the kid next door.

 

 

Once I got rid of the things we didn’t need anymore, I started looking at the walls of my garage. Soon enough, I realized that I wasn’t taking advantage of all the space I actually had. I went to my local hardware store and got some tracks with hooks. That’s where most of my camping equipment ended up, as I finally had a spot where I could hang the sleeping bags, our tent, and even our tennis rackets.

Something else I got, but this time from the dollar store, was a set of plastic boxes. The coolest thing about plastic totes is that they’re affordable, so you won’t have to spend a fortune in order to get them. Next came the labels, which I also got from the dollar store.

 

 

For a while, I got distracted because I had some personal problems I had to deal with and had to leave town. When I got back, I found that organizing my garage was almost like therapy, because I became calmer and more relaxed while putting everything in its own place. I bought a tower rack for all my gardening tools, brooms, and other items with handles.

I’ve never been a fan of social media, especially because I know what it can do to people. However, I found about about Pinterest and started making boards about garage organization. I found one related to a sliding storage system that you could hang on the ceiling. Needless to say, it saved my life. I hadn’t even thought of looking up to see where all the room I needed was hiding. I even found a blog with some tips on space saving, and with the help of that article, I used two screws per lid and eventually managed to hang some jars beneath a cabinet.

 

 

How to create a fragrant herb garden

 

 

There’s nothing I like more than adding spices to my food. When I was younger, I went on a trip to the United Kingdom to visit with some of my relatives over there. I was shocked by how bland British food is. It’s not like we, Americans, eat a lot of spicy food, but I do love adding seasoning to everything I prepare on a regular basis. As such, I’ve thought about making my own fragrant herb garden.

The fact is that you can use your imagination and plant everything you’d like. Some people might enjoy opening their windows in the morning to the smell of chamomile whereas others such as myself would much more enjoy the scent of lavender, for example. The sky’s the limit when it comes to scented herbs. You can choose anything from basil and catnip to feverfew, lemon balm, and even mint.

If you want to combine business with pleasure, a good idea would be to go for scented geraniums. While they are incapable of flowing just as beautifully as their typical counterparts, these smell way nicer than the latter. The neat thing about them is that you can go to a store and get some that smell like ginger, orange, strawberry, rose, and even peppermint. Every time you touch them, they release their scent and believe me when I say that it’s breathtaking.

 

If you’re more into exotic herbs, you can plant some nice lemon verbena, thyme, or oregano. The last is used in a variety of Italian and Greek dishes, so if you’re into this type of Mediterranean cuisine, I strongly recommend planting some oregano. You can use it for anything ranging from salad dressings to tomato sauce and even pizza. I have friends who buy pizza seasoning, for instance, and I consider it a waste of good money as you can make your own at home.

 

Sure, it might not turn out perfect because you still have to buy some dried herbs from the store, especially as not all can grow in the climate you might be living in. It’s still a good idea to at least plant some rosemary, oregano, and thyme so that you can use them as you please.


 

Unless you plan to use the seeds for a future batch in your herb garden, I would recommend cutting their tops. The flower can drain the plant from precious nutrients, so once you cut it, it can focus on delivering all the juice and energy to the leaves. After all, that’s what you will need for your kitchen specialties; the leaves, not the flowers.

Consider your shade and the space of your herb garden before anything. Some of the plants that thrive in the shade are ginger, chives, parsley, mint, and lemon balm. The rest of those that I have mentioned grow better in the sun, especially lavender, for example.

 

How to build a garden

 

Having a garden of my own has always been a dream that I had ever since childhood. However, it was only recently that I realized how easy it is to make my dream a reality. With little to no tools and effort, one can create his/her own garden in less than a day, without having to dig or remove turf. So, if you are interested in creating your own small patch garden, follow these easy steps.

First things first, you should start by choosing the place where you want to place it. My advice to you is to set your mind on a place with enough sun so that the plants you will be growing get enough light.

 

The next step involves buying the needed materials: lumber (the pressure-treated kind is the best), screw bolts (6 inches), landscape fabric (dimensions vary in accordance with the size of the garden you are building), topsoil, compost, and fertilizer. The tools you will need are a drilling press, a shovel, and an electrical screwdriver.

 

The first step you have to take is to use a drill press to make the necessary holes at the end of the pieces of lumber. Try to connect the four pieces of lumber in such a way as to create a perfectly rectangular or square shape (the shape varies depending on the size of the wood) and fix them by screwing the bolts in.

 

For the next stage of the process, you should place the now constructed bed in the place you want to set your new garden in. Once you’ve done this, use the landscape fabric to cover the interior ground of the rectangle/square bed. If you have troubles finding this kind of material, just use several layers of paper, this by itself should do the trick. By doing so, you will avoid having blades of grass growing, overspreading and disturbing the growth of your plants.

 

Then, fill in the bed evenly with topsoil. To do so, I suggest you use a shovel. Also, make sure you don’t fill the bed completely, try to leave about 6 inches to the top empty. Before finishing off, mix the fertilizer with the compost and add this composition as the final layer. Thanks to this last `coat`, your plants will have a rich soil where they can fully grow. Moreover, due to the landscape fabric used at the beginning, you won’t have to worry about having the soil penetrated by grass seeds, as the fabric acts as a barrier that kills the initial layer of grass on which your new garden is set. When you have completed this last step, you can start planting.

 

This is my simple recipe for building your own garden in just one afternoon. I hope you will find my directions useful; until next time, happy gardening!