Archive | 2015

Growing a Garden: National Garden Club Tips for Beginners

Creating a garden with beauty, purpose and balance starts with careful planning — not digging or planting. A good start for beginners is to make a rough sketch of your garden areas, outlining the areas you want to plant flowers or vegetables. National Garden Clubs offer resources, education and networking to help your garden become a success. Here are some basic tips to get you started growing your first garden.

Think small — It’s better to start small, get experience and then expand on it next year than it is to get overwhelmed and discouraged by biting off more than you can chew.
Water access — Nothing makes it harder to manage a new garden than not planning how your garden will be watered. Plan your garden around the location of spigots, and the methods you’ll use to get the water to your plants.

Try a variety of plants — Until you get experience, you won’t know what grows well in your area, or in your yard. Don’t be discouraged if a plant doesn’t work well – try something else.
Start with a color theme — Choose one or two colors of flowers to start, until you get the hang of how to arrange plants by color.

This entry was posted on July 15, 2015.

Improving the Home with a Garden

Home improvement involves the outside as well as the inside of your home. A brand new set of windows and a garden are two great ways to improve the look of your home’s exterior. Places like can help with the windows, but when it comes to gardens, there are a couple things to take into consideration.

Now, we’ve already spoken about the garden club and how growing a garden of your own is key to getting in. However, aside from admission to the garden club, a garden in the front yard is also a great home improvement.

Gardens can be colorful, full of exotic plants and flowers, or they can be practical – full of things you can actually use. You can grow a rainbow of colorful flowers or you could grow your own spices and herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes.

Gardens also don’t have to be green. Water gardens and rock gardens, while maybe not being garden club material, can certainly improve the look of your lawn.

So just remember that, the next time you are looking at home improvement options. Don’t stop at windows and walls and doors. It’s always good to remember the outside as well as the inside.

This entry was posted on March 1, 2015.