Monday, June 25, 2012

Guest Post on Gardening

This is a guest post from George Shaw. I added some images from Internet Explorer.  Enjoy!

8 Ways to Organize and De-clutter Your Garden

    Gardening is an excellent hobby that has many great benefits; it provides you the opportunity through therapeutic activity to produce fresh and organic flowers and vegetables that you can use and enjoy, making your life more beautiful and healthy.  Having a garden that is full of clutter and is unorganized or looks messy or out of control takes away from the potential beauty there is to experience and strips you of the sense of peace you can get when spending time in these bits of oasis.  There are a few tips and tricks you can use to get the most out of your space and keep your garden looking so fresh and clean.
1.   Flower pot “stacking”    Flower pot stacking is a creative and fun way to maximize space and create a unique and functional option for planting multiple items in a confined area.  The idea is to drill a hole in the bottom of four or five terracotta pots, depending on their size and then stack the pots on a piece of rebar you have planted in the ground.  Once the pots are stacked, you can fill them with soil and plant your seeds or herbs or flowers.  This creates a cute topsy turvy look that is unique and offers a creative solution for minimal space or aids in the desire to group together plants with similar types.
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2.  Planter boxes and hanging boxes
    Using hanging boxes or planter boxes that you can hang on a fence or suspend from hooks, or build up on different levels allows another solution for maximizing space.  You can plant more when you are not limited to the space you have in the ground.  These hanging pots or boxes keep things looking uniform and neat while allowing you more growing space.
3.   Create a map
    Creating a blueprint of the layout for your garden will help you to plan for getting the most out of your space and provide you with the opportunity to plan for how your plants will respond to one another, placing larger plants where they have more space and keeping smaller ones from having to compete for sun.  By creating a map, you can do away with any labels you may save to differentiate your plants, and you can play around with coordinating colors and species of plants. 
4.   Keep the tabs    By keeping the tabs that come along with small plants when you buy them at the nursery you can take the guess work out of which plant is which.  You also make it easier to determine from year to year where plants may return, and where to plant new items.  If you don’t like the look of the white markers, you can make DIY markers by painting rocks with the pictures or names of your different plants, use these to un-clutter your garden and keep things a bit more organic. 
5.   Concrete blocks as planters
     Using concrete blocks as planters allows for stacking and building, creating unique shapes and configurations for planting.  It keeps things neat and organized without you having a lot of pots everywhere.  It offers a different solution to the inconvenience of too little planting space and creates a fun way to grow objects on different levels.
6.   Store your tools
    Use hooks or an old rake to suspend small buckets to keep tools and seeds in, these can also be handy places to stash your gloves, or anything else you like to keep handy in the garden.  The head of an old rake provides a creative alternative to the simple hook and allows for unique storage of your shovel and other tools right in-between the prongs.
7.   Stick your herbs together
     Use tin tea boxes to plant small herbs in.  Using these will create order and help you stay organized while making these items more portable to move into the sun or take in and out of the kitchen for use.  The tins are interesting and cool and look great on a shelf or a ledge all in a row, giving your garden a unique and nostalgic feel.
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8.   Old crates for storage
    A few small wooden crates suspended on the side of the house or your shed, or stacked together in the back of your garden, provide a great storage space with multiple levels and ample room to keep any supplies you may need while gardening.  Treat them as shelves and keep seed in a mason jar on one, your tools in a bucket on the other.  With just a few of these, you should be provided with plenty of storage space to help keep your garden neat.
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This post was written by George Shaw, a writer that helps seniors in California nursing homes live healthy and active lives.


  1. Good ideas. I have very little space, just a small patio. I need to come up with creative ideas.

  2. I have done some of those but not that flower pot stacking. I really like that and will try it. Thanks for such great info.

  3. Some great advice, esp. the one about creating a map. It seems so obvious ... but I never thought of it!

  4. Human ingenuity can be reflected in gardening just like my mom who utilizes empty Coke bottles as flower pot. A practical saving move right?

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