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Photo Blog July 6 Gardening For Beginners

The other weekend, I spent a day up north touring gardens in the Creemore area. The first garden on the tour was one of my favourites and gave me some serious garden envy! Situated in downtown Creemore, the homeowners took a simple green lawn and turned it into a bountiful flower and veggie garden. 

Photo Blog July 6 Gardening For Beginners Flowers

The purple delphiniums were amazing!

Photo Blog July 6 Gardening For Beginners Vegetables

This is where all the herbs and vegetables are planted. The shape of the garden allows for easy access from both inside the circle and out — so efficient! And I loved the garden shack — great for drying herbs.

Photo Blog July 6 Gardening For Beginners Herbs

I was doubly impressed to discover that this garden is totally organic, using NO chemicals (they fertilize using only leaves and compost) and requiring minimal water. I’ve never heard of it before, but they use a system called Square Foot Gardening. You can even see great results in small spaces — perfect for an urban gardener like myself! Check out the website or pick up the book by Mel Bartholomew.

Photo Blog July 6 Gardening For Beginners Book

Basically, you make a grid of your garden and plant seeds within the grid (the number of seeds depends on the plant type). This way, you know exactly how many plants should be popping up — making it easy for beginners to identify weeds.

Photo Blog July 6 Gardening For Beginners Garden

You can see the grid pattern here.

I can’t wait to get going with this system in my own teeny tiny urban garden. Stay tuned for details on the fruits of my labours!

See our Gardens section for more gardening ideas, DIY projects and photo galleries.

Photo credits:
1-4. Stephanie White
5. Squarefootgardening.com
6. Stephanie White

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