I’ve talked a lot on this blog about learning things the hard way. I have no formal education in anything. My whole life I have either learned by doing or learned from others. The learned by doing things always involve a great deal of trial and error. No where is that more true than in my quest to have a garden. To grow flowers that bloom and grass that’s green. It’s taken me years…more than I am prepared to admit. I’ve shared some of what I’ve learned since the beginning of my blog and today I’ve rounded up what I consider to be the best. Posts that I’m proud of and that share my hard-earned knowledge. I’m calling this collection Gardening Tips and Tricks from a DIY Gardener. Emphasis on the DIY.
Note: I live in Gardening Zone 6. Our winters can be harsh and our summers hot. Most of what is included in this post can be used anywhere in the US except perhaps the deep South. Sometimes you can create conditions where a plant will thrive so don’t rule anything out. I’ve learned to never say never.
First up is my tutorial for installing a soaker hose. For me this was life-changing and I highly recommend it!
My fence row garden has only one plant that has survived from the original planting. I’ve spent countless hours in this little patch of dirt trying to make it into a full cutting garden. I’m not there yet but I’m getting close.
There are a few hardy perennials that are proven winners when it comes to survival. I share my favorites in this post.
I love herbs and for me a container garden is the perfect place to grow them. I shared my go-to plants and where this garden was located in 2013.
For 2014 I switched things up and planted a Vintage Container Herb Garden.
Late in the summer of 2013 I started a little series called Decorating With… I love bringing flowers into my decor and think it’s the perfect way to add color and a natural element. I hope to pick up with the series again soon.
My most frequently asked questions revolve around the planters on my front porch. (Affiliate link.) Last fall I showed you how I make the ivy topiaries that live in the planters from September through the Holiday season.
When I planted this clematis I didn’t even know what it was. I just knew I liked the color. It has turned out to be one of my favorite plants and a show stopper every year.
Growing bittersweet isn’t for everyone…but I share my 2 cents and how the harvest differs from year to year.
Last summer I started a group Gardening board on Pinterest called How Does Your Garden Grow? It steadily grows in followers and I have the all-time best group of pinners. If you like gardening inspiration, tutorials and stunningly beautiful pictures, follow this board. I promise you won’t be disappointed.