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Monday, March 7, 2011

Your Way or Not At ALL? Perfect! Tootsie Tip!

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The trick to gardening well is to enjoy that which you are doing. Gardening is a fun, relaxing, and very rewarding hobby. For many of us, it feels like a chore, but it does not have to be that way. If you take a few steps back, think about the things you like and do not like to see in a garden, and decide how much time you want to spend in your garden, and then decide how much time you are willing to spend working in your garden. It is then that you can make a planting to suit your personal style.
The options and possibilities to creating a garden are endless. This is where planning your space is a good idea. You will need to assess the light in your space, the purpose of your space, the type of garden you are planning, where your plants will come from, what plants you will be using, how much space you have, and how much time you have. If you already know what type of garden you want to have…good for you. If you do not, then you might want to begin by looking at the options available to you. Take an evening walk, drive or bike ride in your neighbourhood. If there are some gardens that catch your eye, make a mental note, or take a picture as a reference for your garden plans.
A garden is a very personal thing. It will reflect your needs and your personality. You can make it as creative or as simple as you like. It need not be a stressful endeavour. You are the artist and your garden space is your canvas. You express yourself through the plantings you create. Many of us find that gardening is very rewarding and relaxing. The plants growing, blooming, and thriving gives a sense of accomplishment and success. Even the simplest pot of annuals, growing and thriving in your front entryway of your home will add a welcoming touch to your property. I once read a saying that stayed with me through all the years of gardening….”the amen in a garden is always a flower.”

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Over the next few posts I plan to discuss the most important things (in my opinion) that will go into planning and enjoying a garden. I have received so many different questions about where to start, what to do and how to plan , that I have decided to devote the next few days, weeks, or how ever long it is going to take me, to answer and hopefully help plan a few beautiful back or front yard gardens.

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Should you have a question that you would like me to address in these next few posts, please feel free to leave them in the comment section of these entries. I will certainly do my best to help.
Please remember that I am not a professional gardener, nor do I have a formal education in horticulture... I am just a girl with some seeds, a greenhouse, and a love of gardening. I have read almost everything I can get my hands on that discusses the topic of gardening, and often find myself teaching the garden center staff a thing or two that they didn't know!

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I am the gardener that bends and breaks the rules, and sometimes fails, but also succeeds. I have learned from many a mistake, and with that education, I can help some of my sweet friends plant and enjoy a garden or two!

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So...grab a pencil and jot down a few questions...as we begin our garden planning Tootsie series. There will be an assignment in it for you all to do, so get ready!
Until next time…Happy Gardening!

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