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Growing Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers Albuquerque NM
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Rio Rancho, NM
Flower Seed, Seed, Wildflower Seed
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Rio Rancho, NM
Flower Seed, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Horticulture Companies, Plants, Seed, Wildflower Seed
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A Pot For All Seasons (and Reasons)
Potted plants make wonderful additions to the yard right through the year—even in winter. With a small army of pots of various sizes tucked away in the garden shed or behind the garage or barn, you can create a moveable garden of potted plants for each season. These portable gardens get their start “out back” somewhere, where they wait backstage for their grand entrance when it’s “curtain call” time for them. The key to success in these seasonal potted gardens is planning and timing. Make your plans on paper for the varieties of plants you want to display for each season, then “plant ahead” so those particular plants will be ready for display in conjunction with their season.
Think tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths for early spring. Tuck them in the bottom of pots in late winter and top them with cool season annuals such as pansies and dwarf blue irises. Pot up early-blooming perennials in the fall and they can also be stars of the spring potted garden. Consult with your local garden-center expert to learn varieties of other spring flowers that can be easily grown in pots. And don’t forget to include colorful, tasty greens—lettuces, spinach and chard—they look great in pots.
This is the big show—the main event—the perfect season for creating and exhibiting pots full of lush, colorful, show-stopping flowers. Start them early in your potting shed or basement (with grow lights). Or, purchase healthy annuals from your local nursery that already have a head start. And don’t forget to pot up some summertime-blooming perennials during the fall to participate in this chorus line. For an exotic look, mix sun-loving annuals and perennials with semitropical plants, some for height, some for texture, and some for cascading down the sides of the pots.
Chrysanthemums and ornamental cabbage take the stage here. But there are many other fall-blooming plants, including pineapple sage, goldenrod, asters, confederate rose, and ornamental grasses. Plan your traditional “pumpkin display” in advance. Set pots of autumn plants around your pumpkins, add a few dried cornstalks, and set your favorite, dressed-up scarecrow down beside them. The neighbors and neighbors’ children will enjoy this festive scene.
Few plants bloom in the winter, but don’t let that keep you from having beautiful pots to decorate your home. Many garden centers have small, one-gallon pots of hardy evergreens, such as juniper...
Landscaping with a Living Roof
A living or “green” roof is becoming an eco-status symbol with corporations across the U.S. A soil and plant-based roof minimizes water runoff, reduces the urban “heat island” effect, and helps protect against soil erosion. Some homeowners are taking the trend residential as well. However, a garden on the roof can be heavy stuff. It may require retrofitting the roof substructure to make it able to bear the extra weight. That’s one reason to think about trying your hand at a less ambitious re-roofing project first.
California Roof Garden
Here’s a small cabana that serves as an art studio outfitted with a living roof by YardShare contributor Avant Garden. The pitch of this roof is very shallow, making it ideal for a green roof with no soil stabilization measures required.
It features more rocks than greenery, but it appears to be mimicking the surrounding natural landscape. Using native plants in a roof garden can reduce the need for complex irrigation. Ideally, once the vegetation is established, it should get all the water it needs from the rain.
There are also a number of varieties of sedum (a succulent plant) and mosses that thrive in a wide range of climates. Most prefab green roofs sold in already-planted modules that can be plugged into a roof for immediate “greening” are sedum based.
Where to Learn More
The Pomegranate Center has a free DIY manual with lots of great information for first-time living roof enthusiasts. They recommend starting with ...
Ornamental Potager Garden: The Artistry of Growing Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers
The ornamental potager garden is an attractive mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers growing together in raised beds. Initially developed by French monks, the potager kitchen garden (pronounced poe-ta-zhay) became popular in the 16th century in France. The potager was quite widespread, from large chateaus to the common farmyard. The potager is really just a kitchen garden, but it now often means a decorative vegetable garden. The traditional potager garden might be little or big and is usually made of square, rectangular, circular or diamond-shaped garden beds prepared in a repeating geometric pattern. The vegetables are planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled. But many American versions of the potager now have a more relaxed, cottagy look.
Creating a potager can require some intensive work, but it will be worth it in the long run. After you have decided upon your site for the potager and the beds have been created, you’ll have a permanent vegetable garden, one that does not require tilling each spring—which is not good for the soil. With the permanent beds of a potager garden all that is required is a layering of some kind of compost on the beds in spring and early fall. This not only provides nutrients, it lets the earthworms, microbes, arthropods and other underground creatures do their thing beneath the soil, such as creating aeration with their underground tunnels and air pockets and adding compost for feeding the roots of the plants.
Choose a location for your potager that gets full sun almost all day—at least six hours. The site should be smooth, with no hills and valleys. Avoid low-lying areas where water collects. Keep in mind that you will likely need to water your garden during dry seasons and during the intense heat of summer. Site your garden near a water source or install drip irrigation in each bed. A potager garden is a beautiful thing to behold, so place it in a location where it will receive the most attention.
Raised beds are a must for a potager. They help provide good drainage, friable soil that is easy to work, and a concentrated area in which to place soil amendments with little waste. Raised beds can be constructed of treated wood, stones, blocks or bricks, or, they can be made by simply shoveling the soil from the paths into the beds as you create them.
The beds should be from 3 to 4 feet wide. Allow only 3 feet if the bed is placed against a wall or fence—as you’ll only be able to reach its width from one side. For beds that can be reached from all sides, a width of four to five feet is good. Fill your beds with a good topsoil, which you can purchase from garden centers or landscape contractors. If you’ve been composting for a few years, you probably have access to your own amended soil. After the enriched soil has been put into the beds, never walk on them—you don’t want compacted soil; you want the roots of your plants to have ...