Choose a garden to suit your lifestyle – Shelbyville Sentinel News
Gardens come in all sizes, shapes and looks, so grow
what you want, whatever you prefer.
Decide first, and then educate yourself about how to
grow what you chose. A green thumb is more than an innate
ability, it can be learned.
Is beauty most important? Grow a lovely flower garden.
Do you want the satisfaction of eating food you grow for
your family? Then crops like tomatoes, zucchini and beans
might be the way to go.
Or do you want a mix of beauty and practicality? If so,
create a hybrid garden with flowers, crops and maybe some
herbs, but the way you grow your garden may depend on
your experience and how much space you can devote to the
Type of garden
Choose a garden type that fits your landscape instead of
Whether flower or kitchen gardens, how you plant may
Raised beds and containers are a good option for inexperienced
gardeners and those with only a small amount of
Raised beds have the advantage of better soil and weed
control, said Kyle Peacock, Shelby County Extension agent
and horticulturist. “Plus, it’s easier on the back they say.”
Gardeners with limited space can plant peppers, tomatoes
and some bush beans in containers.
Cucumbers, squash and zucchini require more space.
“Container, vertical and garden walls give you more space to
grow,” according to Morning Chores online.
And there are factors to consider before you choose.
Several factors go into choosing a type of garden, according
to Basics of Gardening online.
If you have limited space, consider a container garden or
a vertical garden with climbing flowers or vine crops such as
If you’re a beginner, start small and try easy crops such as
tomatoes, zucchini or watermelon.
Are you physically able? If you have trouble bending
to weed and water, choose plants that don’t require a lot of
If you want plants that keep producing, onions are one
and done, while green beans and tomatoes keep going
throughout the season.
If you can buy fresh, home grown veggies at reasonable
prices at farm markets, you can plant something less available.
Above all, educator yourself and learn from your mistakes.
Herbs can add unique color to any garden, and they
enhance the favor of homemade dishes. Herbs are versatile
and can be grown in plots, containers, raised beds or in a
parterre, or ornamental designed garden according to helpfulgardener.
Potager or kitchen gardens can also be ornamental and
useful. These gardens use color, texture and patterns to
create something beautiful as well as productive.
Edible and non-edible flowers may be part of a potager
garden. Flowers and herbs are often planted in kitchen gardesns to enhance a garden’s beauty.
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