Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Increase your garden space

Whether you have a sprawling yard, or have a small plot of land there are some things you can do to increase  the amount of area for your green thumb.  The easiest way is to adorn your house with wonderful window boxes.  Not only do you increase the green space, you make your home more beautiful.  After reading about the square foot gardening techniques, I think you could easily put some of Mel's Mix right into your window boxes and enjoy the beautiful crops that will pop up.
The possibilities are endless, but imagine for a moment that you have a small window box planter on one of your kitchen windows.  All summer long you could harvest some herbs right through the window.  During the warm summer nights when the windows are open in the house, the aromas of basil, rosemary and thyme could be blowing in through the kitchen window.  It is a very appealing thought for me.  Another very wonderful idea is to have window boxes for all of your cut flower needs.  You could harvest some of your favorite flowers, perhaps varieties of dahlias in all shades from dark to light.
If you don't have a green thumb, it is okay.  Their are varieties of window boxes that are self watering, so if you forget to water, it is no problem.  If you go on vacation you don't have to bug the neighbor to water your plants because the self watering box will take care of your precious plants.
I think window boxes will be the new rave in gardening. You can have them custom made to fit your window, and with many exterior styles there is bound to be one that fits your homes theme.
I think that window boxes and planters are great for urban living where perhaps your green space is minimal.  Digging in the dirt has its perks, so why not have a little green space just for you.
Another fun idea would be to use windowboxes on a low window or a small planter for a lesson to toddlers on how to garden.  They could have their own garden to manage, and plant as they saw fit.
Indulge your natural side with a little extra space to plant in and reap the benefits of a small garden without changing your yard.

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