GardenWise on Outdoor Living

New Entries Create Outdoor Living

Ease of movement and flow are essential when connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces.  Think of your outside space as a room, and what’s the first question that comes to mind?  “How will I get there?”  This can easily be achieved,  especially in an older home, with a few additions.   Replace a solid door with  a door with glass,  add some wooden stairs, and your journey begins.  Create functional  areas for entertaining, focal points with water, and smaller areas for  intimate  conversation.   

And be sure to make it personal!   This is one of those times where it is all about you.  Add meaningful touches to your space.  What were your favorite flowers growing up?  Which trees do you remember at your  grandparent’s home?  Which flowers were used on  your wedding day? 

Personal touches with visual touchstones to memories and past experiences will create a thoughtful and intimate space for you to enjoy for many years.

Thinking Fall in August is GardenWise

Plan Now for Your Fall Veggie Garden

As we approach mid-August, it’s time to start thinking about whether you want a Fall Veggie garden. If you’ve recently reduced a lawn area, a veggie garden is the perfect replacement that will make your landscape more productive.

The following crops have a 60-day maturity date, so you have until mid-August to plant: Root veggies include Carrots, Leeks, and Turnips and Leafy crops include Cabbages, Cauliflower and Collards.

If you miss your mid-August deadline, go ahead and think about veggies that have a 30-day maturity date, which include Chives, Bunching Onions and Radishes while leafy veggies include Broccoli, Spinich, Mustard and Leaf Lettuces.

If you’re space challenged, always remember you can plant a couple of containers of veggies. You’ll love your fall container rewards!