I’m an absolutely hopeless gardener. Like, completely tragic. Plants just die of their own volition when they see me coming so as to spare themselves the prolonged suffering I will undoubtedly inflict on them. But I’ve also aways dreamed of having a beautiful garden full of edible things. I’ve always thought it would be the feather in my homemaking cap! So I’d like to give it a go. I actually did plant a small tiny garden of flowers as a way to improve curb appeal for the sale of our house. My mother came to visit the other day and immediately told me to water those poor flowers. lol . So not the best start. But you gotta start somewhere! Here are a few steps I’m going to investigate in my efforts to grow a green thumb! (haha, see what I did there?!)
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For some, horticultural knowledge develops naturally. For others, plant cultivation is like a foreign language. Don’t worry if you fall into the latter group, I’m right there with you. Here’s how we can get started:
What the heck is an alpine garden? Basically, it’s selecting plants that have adapted to grow in harsh alpine conditions or inhospitable soil and they require little maintenance. Read: indestructible. Perfect.
If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to flowers and shrubbery in your yard, consider starting with an alpine garden. Essentially it involves creating a rock garden and planting sturdy plants like succulents, dianthus, sedum and bell flowers.
These rockeries are perfect for the novice gardener or for someone who doesn’t have hours on their hands every day to deadhead and prune. (Like me!) Alpine plants and mini trees are hardy and resilient. Once planted they will need a watering each week, but will remain relatively self sufficient within their environment.
When you’ve mastered the alpine garden, you can then move onto something more advanced like hanging baskets, a tropical paradise area or rose garden. For when you’re feeling really brave!
If you aren’t sold on the flora and fauna idea, maybe you could try some vegetables! I always loved the idea of more sustainable living and growing my own food. I was visiting a friend last week who has a bountiful crop of gorgeous strawberries in their back yard, I was jealous!
Even if your garden is small, nifty little space saving vegetable troughs can be installed. Make use of deck space with big pots or try hanging baskets for tomatoes or strawberries.
I like the idea of vegetable growing as a great family project too. We have wild blackberry bushes in our yard that the kids already love! I think they’d really enjoy the process of planting and tending and especially eating something we’d grown ourselves!
If you’re ready to dive headfirst into this gardening thing, you might even want to look into business opportunities. While garden designers tend to require official qualifications, you might be able to buy a landscaping franchise where you offer lawn mowing and basic planting services. This will allow you to spend more time outdoors, gain experience with different types of gardens and enjoy flexing your newly grown green thumb.
If you do fancy becoming a full blown landscape designer, you could enrol in a part time evening course to formalize your newfound knowledge. Or you could head back to school to undertake a degree in garden design. Alternatively, you could investigate on the job training local to you. This could allow a whole host of job opportunities to open up to you.
So, are you ready to dig in? (lol, I crack myself up!)