It’s February and if you are like me, you are starting to dream big about your summer garden. You may be starting to stare longingly at green things and wish your toes were warm again. Or, you may be starting to forget what a sunburn feels like. And you’re starting to plan your garden.
Maybe you have your routine down: you have your perennials, your favorite vegetables, and your plots all laid out already. However, you may be ready to change it up. Maybe you’re frustrated with some things about gardening and ready to be different.
Do you have kids in your life right now or will you have them soon? If not, have you taken the time, lately, to look in the nooks and crannies of your outdoor space or stoop down to see things from a tiny person’s perspective?
I have to admit, I haven’t done this enough. However, I have been noticing a trend in things I read. On social media, I am seeing what I think would open the imagination of a person at any age and which could prove rewarding especially to a home gardener.
What is this trend I’m talking about? Fairy gardens, of course.
This past Saturday, January 21st, the temperature hit a near record high for January in Michigan – 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever temps hit this high in winter months, I always start to think about climate change and what it will do to the trees.
Have you ever been to Central Park in New York City? Golden Gate Park in San Francisco? America’s Capitol grounds? Detroit’s Belle Isle? The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC?
If you’ve been to any of these places, you’ve seen landscape architecture at its finest. All of these places were planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who arguably fathered landscape architecture in this country. It is likely many of the most memorable green spaces you’ve been to were planned by him, one of his sons, or one of the many landscape architects influenced by him.
One of our goals at Rootwell Products, Inc. is to provide you with gardening tips to help you be successful at gardening. Once a year, we publish a roundup of the most popular gardening articles from the previous year. We love to see what our visitors are reading. This lets us know what strikes a chord with our readers and how we can do more of it. We appreciate you!
Have you ever noticed a fancy birdhouse and thought about building one yourself? I have such great memories of watching birds at my grandfather’s kitchen window, sitting at his breakfast table. He always kept a birdfeeder or two right by the window. A constant stream of finches and hummingbirds made for a happy morning quite often. However, what I didn’t learn until later was that some of those birds made the fruit and vegetables in his nearby garden grow bigger and healthier.
Do you miss gardening in the depth of winter? I know I do, and winter has barely gotten started. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been dreaming of having a greenhouse on your property for years, even when you knew very little about how to build one or what you’d grow in it. I just love the look and feel of walking into a nice greenhouse – especially when the weather outside is cool or downright cold. There’s something so invigorating about all those living plants around you in the warm, humid air.
If you’re wondering about the best reasons to build a greenhouse, look no further!
I don’t know about you, but I like to see where my Christmas tree is growing and cut it down myself every year. I love to watch children wander around the land where the trees are all growing and speculate about which tree will look best nestled in the corner of our home decked with lights and special ornaments.
At home, I especially love that first whiff of pine when we’ve brought in our bit of the outdoors. It’s even better with a cup of hot cocoa, some Christmas music playing in the background, and snow falling outside the window.
If you are an avid gardener, or an avid cook, you may know that the secret to creating the most flavorful dishes lies in fresh ingredients. You know that salad tastes best when it was growing in the dirt half an hour ago and sun-ripened tomatoes have no store-bought match for taste and consistency.