Give your garden a thrilling dose of patriotism this coming Memorial Day weekend by planting flowers that bloom in red, white and blue. (Cue the John Philip Sousa.)
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If you don’t think you’ll have time for planting, grab a hanging basket filled with red, white and blue petunias from your local gardening center. For you more adventurous green-thumb types, here are a few of my favorite flowers to get you started creating your own patriotic combinations.
Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet', Clematis, Grape Hyacinth
Patriotic Flower Ideas From HGTV.com:
- Red: Potentilla ‘Gibson’s Scarlet’ (or dianthus, geraniums, hydrangeas, zinnias, begonias, mums)
- White: Clematis (or geraniums, salvias, mums, snapdragons, daisies, impatiens)
- Blue: Grape hyacinth (or morning glory, verbena, blue bells)
Keep your garden gorgeous all summer long with HGTV.com’s expert gardening tips.
If convincing your kids to eat their vegetables is a nightly battle, this month’s HGTV Family Gardening Club project just might bring peace to the dinner table. For May, we’re growing lettuce, carrots and radishes in a low-cost window box farm. You can plant these annual seeds anytime from mid-spring to early summer. Kids will love monitoring their carefully planted seeds as they sprout into edible plants and turn into a delicious salad. And what child doesn’t love to play in the dirt?
If you missed April’s gardening project, no worries. Gather the family to make a vermicomposting bin full of mess-free pets (red worms) that will turn kitchen scraps into plant food. These wiggly creatures take up little space and help create compost your plants will love.
Don’t forget to upload pictures of you and your little ones creating your mini farm. And be sure to join the HGTV Family Gardening Club newsletter to get a new kid-friendly activity every month.
I agree with my grandfather, there’s nothing more satisfying than picking and eating tomatoes and strawberries fresh from the garden after a couple months of love and care. If you’re expecting warm weather this weekend, why not plant a fruit or vegetable garden of your own? If you’re tight on space, many of these edible plants can thrive in containers.
Create Your Own Edible Garden with Help from HGTV.com:
For more edible gardening tips, check out these helpful how-to videos from Garden Girl TV’s Pattie Moreno who shows how to plant everything from corn and beans to grapes and potatoes. Happy gardening!
I’m hoping that the rest of the country is having much warmer weather for the first weekend of spring than we’re having here in New York.
While daydreaming about getting to play around in the dirt, I ran across these gorgeous bags of wildflower seed bombs from Uncommon Goods. They would make great gifts or could be a real savior for those of us with slightly less-than-green thumbs.
Want to introduce your little ones to the joys of growing flowers and veggies? Round up your kids for HGTV’s Family Gardening Club‘s fun March project. Plus, Pattie Moreno demonstrates everything you need to know about growing tomatoes. Yum.
Happy spring everyone! This is the time of year when hardcore gardeners salivate over seed catalogs. While I don’t have much of a green thumb, one of my fondest childhood memories is “helping” my grandfather in the garden. I loved getting my hands dirty, discovering giant earthworms and helping him carry all the delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables to the house. (Grandfather grew the biggest tomatoes I’ve ever seen!) Interested in planting your own vegetable garden? Want to learn how to grow potatoes? Or are you all about herbs?
Now’s the time to start planning, whether it’s a container garden on an apartment balcony or patio like mine or raised beds that take up half your backyard. Tomatoes work in both settings, by the way. Choose the best variety for your garden with HGTV’s tomato selection guide. (Imagine how amazing that fresh BLT or tomato sandwich is going to taste. Yum!) We’ve got all the edible garden tips you need with tons of photos, plus cool videos featuring Garden Girl TV’s Patti Moreno.
Then there’s flowers. If you’re like me, you want to sow in early spring in order to see an array of colorful blooms by mid-summer. There are plenty of perennials that bloom the first year; you just have to find that one that suits your soil and sunlight. My two favorites are the Maltese cross (left) and tickseed coreopsis (right).
How about getting the whole family outside playing in the dirt? Join HGTV’s Family Gardening Club for fun projects. This month we’re making and planting seed tape, perfect for hard-to-handle small seeds and tiny hands.
This week’s freebie is a gardener’s bonanza that comes just in time for spring, sunshine and a sizable outdoor to-do list! I don’t know about you, but I’m jonesing to play in the dirt. I can’t wait to build a couple of raised beds for salad greens, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m also going to hang some baskets of nasturtiums and strawberries from the front porch. Oh, and I can’t forget my herb and cut flower garden.
We’ve partnered with the organic seed company Seeds of Change, a staff favorite, to hook-up a winner with all of the trappings of a multi-family or community garden. Seeds of Change is giving away 250 of the highest-quality organic seed packets (a mix of veggies, herbs and flowers), five bags to tote your seeds and other gardening essentials, as well as five custom bowls to display your hard work come harvest time. This is enough loot for your and four green-thumb friends to create joint gardens and share in the spoils. Answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, March 21, to be entered for a chance to win.
This week’s question: There’s nothing like enjoying the fruits of your labor. What’s your favorite veggie or fruit to eat fresh from the garden? Heirloom tomatoes? Juicy strawberries? Or are you all about fresh cut flowers?
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Learn more about organic seeds and gardening at www.seedsofchange.com and www.seedsofchangefoods.com. And join HGTV’s Family Gardening Club and dig in the dirt with your kids!
Happy President’s Day. As someone who has had the pleasure of eating tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and lettuce harvested from my own backyard garden, I’ve discovered that while some might label me “granola”, it would be more accurate to call me “patriotic.” Why? Well, I learned from my interview with Sam Watters and Ulysses Grant Dietz about their book Dream House: The White House as an American Home that from the early days of the White House, the gardens and grand landscapes were regarded as “proper appendages to the House of the People.” And like the Obamas now, many early administrations enjoyed nourishment from a White House kitchen garden.
Come March, I’m looking forward to reading Andrea Wulf’s new book, Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation, and learning more about our founding fathers through the lens of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.
“Andrea Wulf describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’s faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram’s garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. These and other stories reveal a guiding but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.”
So in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, go play in your garden! Here’s some tips for growing late winter vegetables and early spring flowers.
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One reader will receive the Ceramic Compost Keeper along with two filters. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, July 12.
This week’s question: What’s your favorite part about gardening?
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Water features usually take a lot of planning and, depending how large and complex they are, a fair degree of digging and assembly time. In fact, my husband and I have talked endlessly about creating a waterfall and pond and have yet to dig out more than a 20th of it.
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If you gave into springtime cravings to grow a lush and beautiful garden — whether veggie or ornamental or both — you’re now in the summertime slog. It’s one thing to spend a few hours working in the garden when the temperature’s a cool 60 degrees and the most rampant weeds of your area have yet to take hold. It’s quite another to do battle with aggressive weeds, bad bugs and too much or too little water – all while heat and/or humidity make 30 minutes of hoeing akin to an athletic event.
To spend your gardening time smartly, check out the best ways to have a beautiful garden with the least amount of pain.