Growing Vegetables For A Beginner

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. – George Bernard Shaw

When the holidays are over and a new year begins, I look forward to spring. It doesn’t matter that it is over 2 months away.  Spring is my favorite time of year.  In most of the country, winter is a “downtime” in the garden. During those months, you have time to consider what you want to add or change in your garden. I always start with a piece of paper and a rough drawing of my yard.  It’s never to scale but it helps me plan what projects I’m doing this year.  Are you growing vegetables or making a raised bed?  Adding to the shrubs or trees that form your basic landscape? Winter is the time to dream and plan.

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Gardening in December

We’re getting close to the official first day of winter on December 21st. We’re all decorating, baking, and planning for the two big holidays, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Then cold, dark January comes with low temperatures and for many locations, dreary gray skies. For many of us it means we’re going to end up spending most of our time snuggled up indoors cozy under a blanket. For those of you in more northern climates, you’ve already had snow and are in the winter season no matter what the calendar says. Now we’re in the huge Christmas rush. In another month, the holidays are over and the New Year is upon us.  Are you making resolutions for 2022? How about adding gardening to your list?

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8 Ways to Make Your Garden Relaxing

This summer has been incredibly hot for many of us.  The weather has been extreme in many locations. I’m praying that when fall comes, we’ll all have cooler temperatures and rain in the dry areas. It’s the rainy season in Florida, and we’ve had rain luckily. With the heat index in the 100’s F and 92% humidity, I don’t spend much time outside right now. I’m thinking of cooler weather when relaxing in the garden is a perfect end to the day. Unfortunately, sometimes our gardens are not as relaxing as we would like them to be. If your yard is cluttered with outdoor structures, furniture, and children’s play equipment then it’s harder to relax. The backyard is a versatile space that can tantalize you with beautiful images and invite you to spend time out there. Here are a few ideas to create your garden sanctuary.

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Garden Accessories For Spring

When the holidays are over and a new year begins, I look forward to spring. It doesn’t matter that it is over 2 months away.  Spring is my favorite time of year.  Living in central Florida which is semi-tropical, my winter is mild and spring starts early.  It is so close that I can almost feel it.  Up north you may have months of cold, wet, grey tones of winter, but now is the perfect time to plan your spring garden.

 

 

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How to Grow Zinnias, The Butterfly Magnets

 Zinnias, Annual Flower

Growing Zones USA  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

A warm-season annual flower, zinnias like full sun and rich, well-drained soil. 

 

Have you made plans for your  2020 garden? Now is the perfect time to consider what you like and don’t like about your garden.  You can use my garden planning printables to make changes to your landscape and choose plants to add to your garden. For a colorful flower to add to your butterfly garden or classic cutting garden, you can’t go wrong with adding zinnias. Zinnias are popular garden flowers because they come in a wide range of flower colors and shapes, and they can withstand hot summer temperatures and are easy to grow from seeds. They are also highly attractive to songbirds, butterflies and pollinators.
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Garden Planning Guide with Printables

This post was originally published on 2/7/18. It has been updated 2/2/24.

In most of the country, winter is a “downtime” in the garden. During those months, you have time to consider what you want to add or change in your garden. I always start with a piece of paper and a rough drawing of my yard.  It’s never to scale but it helps me plan what projects I’m doing this year.  Are you adding new flowers? Growing vegetables or making a raised bed?  Removing a bush that was a mistake? Adding to the shrubs or trees that form your basic landscape? Winter is the time to dream and plan.

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