How to use both new and old technology to preserve your backyard investment.
The garden trends for 2017 have been revealed, and all of the experts agree, the definition of “garden” is definitely changing! The big lawn with perennial beds are officially behind us and homeowners are demanding more from their outdoor spaces. Here are the new and unusual trends to watch for in the year ahead.
After my latest article on bringing plants inside, I had several readers reach out with questions and comments about having plants inside to help get through the winter blahs.
Q) Angela in Lawrencetown wrote: “I loved your article on terrariums and plants under glass. My problem is that I live in a small apartment and don’t have a lot of natural light. Are there other options for bringing some floral colour into my home?”
A) The trouble with plants is that they all seem to need some sort of light. I’ve played with different lighting systems and many of the new grow-light technologies work really well as a substitute for natural sunlight in your home.
Unfortunately, the harsh blue-tinged light isn’t the nicest to look at and curbs the joy of having flowering plants in the first place.
Instead, why don’t you opt for a coffee table book? Now this sounds crazy — and I’m laughing at myself for saying it — but I recently stumbled across a book that had such vivid pictures, it was almost like the plants were jumping off of the page. It’s like having an instant garden at your fingertips.
If you are at all like me, you’ve had just about enough of this winter. It’s hard to get motivated by the promise of spring when it seems like we are getting hit by winter storm after winter storm.
I have a way to get you back into a greener mood — and it can be done inside your own home.
Terrariums have been on trend for interior design for a few years now. I currently have a few on the go in my home. I treat them like mini gardens, complete with statues, rocks, plants and moss.
There are a few things you should know about terrariums though.
All around the world we continue to hear about the plight of bees. ‘Save the bees’ and ‘colony collapse disorder’ are pretty important things to be paying attention to going into 2017 because up to 90 per cent of the food we eat is pollinated by honey bees.
This is part of the reason more homeowners are getting into beekeeping, myself included. The other reason — its just really awesome and invigorating.
For all of the new gardeners out there, I am starting 2017 back at the basics. One of the first spots that future gardeners often start with is herbs in the window sill. If you can keep these alive, you can pretty much grow anything.
Unfortunately . . . it’s not as easy as you think. Just ask my kid sister, who has successfully killed many helpless rosemary and thyme.
It’s official — my favourite time of the year has started with the lighting of the Christmas tree! I am a bit of a sucker for all of the traditions and this year, I agreed to host my entire family. Not only are all 22 of them coming for Christmas dinner, they are staying the night.
The reality of this endeavour is just starting to set in as I make the list of all the things I need to pull this event off . . . and the costs keep going up!
Of course, I want to do it right the first time so I am setting the bar high and for me, that includes bringing in a lot of fresh boughs, berries and a real Christmas tree.
I have to confess, I got caught with my proverbial gardening pants down. With all of this beautiful weather, I delayed a lot of the yard work that I should have been doing — and then everything went sideways and November actually decided to arrive.
If you are like me and didn’t get everything done, not to worry . . . this weekend is the perfect time to finish off a few of the projects.
Get the bulbs in the ground already! As long as you can dig the soil, you can plant those tulip and daffodil bulbs in it.