Snowfall can be a big benefit in an urban garden. Perennials, trees and shrubs really stand out with a backdrop of white powder. Plants also can benefit from the wind protection and soil temperature stabilization provided by a thick covering of snow. Read more
Author Archives: Bill Shores
Want to have eye-catching containers that are unique, colorful and cost-effective? Consider incorporating hardy perennials into your container designs. Read more
This is the second part of a two part series. See 9 Features of High Yield Gardens (Part 1).
6. Develop a year-round growing plan
Year round food production in northern climates does not need to be complicated or expensive. Learn to use simple season extension techniques such as row covers and cold tolerant crops to extend the outdoor garden season. Setup and use a simple indoor light garden to produce seedlings and/or indoor greens and herbs. Read more
The successful small space garden is a complete system designed for production and much more.
1. Make the garden multifunctional
Production can mean edible crops but also much more. Other activities that naturally coordinate with food production include, making compost, propagating plants, growing cutting flowers, creating an outdoor living/entertaining space. Read more
My backyard, a place I see first thing in the morning, again when I come home from work, and each time I step outside. To me such a place ought to bring cheer, contentment and a sense of peace and order.
Thus one of my goals for the design was to maximize winter interest in order to have such a space. Read more