With so many super cool flowers, fruits, and veggies available, it's easy to get a little carried away and purchase more than you really need (or have room) to grow. An easy way to avoid this is to map out a garden plan to decide where and what you are going to plant. Mapping out your garden can be done easily in a notebook or, if you're like me, on your computer. There's a really fun free garden mapping tool on the Gardeners Supply Company website that is easy to use.
Get creative and try companion planting! Veggies, herbs, and flowers will gladly play together in the garden--but not always. You just have to figure out which ones work together and which ones will not. There is a great book, CARROTS LOVE TOMATOES & ROSES LOVE GARLIC : Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening that has lots of really useful information on companion planting.
Have some fun creating your garden! You could add solar lighting, statues, bird baths, glass globes, antique gardening tools...the possibilities are almost endless!
Stumped on ideas to create and/or improve your garden this season? Check out some upcoming garden shows! Marie Iannotti has provided a list of upcoming shows for 2013 listed by state. Check it out on her About.com post.
So enjoy this winter season and take the time to plan out your garden! If you have some neat gardening design ideas you'd like to share, please DO post them in the comments section below. Thanks!
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