We have all read articles in Southern Living magazine, or Better Homes and Garden with beautiful gardens and a stone paths winding throughout an acre of green grass on a historical property. While that would be ideal for some, not everyone has the space, time or money to invest in a big garden. So, no matter the size, a garden can be beautiful, it just may take a little thinking outside the box. Just because the square footage of a garden seems small, doesn’t mean you have to have a “small” garden. Here are some tips for making a big garden out of a small space.
We work all year maintaining and caring for our gardens, so it’s important not to let all of that hard work go waste in the winter. While very few plants grow in Ohio in January, for the ones that do, it is important to take proper care so that once spring hits, you can easily jump back into it.
At some point this winter, we will get our famous Columbus, Ohio snow that comes out of nowhere and hangs around unwelcome for weeks. That is the perfect time to care for your ornamental plants and trees. After the snowfall, dust the snow off of ornamental shrubs and bushes, and tree branches that can be safely reached. It is common for a branch or two to break during a storm, so it is important to get it pruned off immediately following a storm to prevent peeling or cracking further.
Heavy ice is also something we often face in Columbus, and our shrubs and trees take the brunt of it. As tempting as it is, don’t pull icicles or break ice off of leaves or branches. The plant is highly susceptible to breakage when covered in ice, so it is best to let it melt off naturally.
As fun as it is to sled down the big hill in the back lawn and run around in the fresh snowfall, it could actually be damaging the ground underneath. Traction tears the healthy grass out from the soil causing patches of bare areas. It is important to be cautious of the foot traffic on the ground when ice and snow are covering it. As an alternate, use sand, birdseed or sawdust to help gain traction overtop the ice on the path leading to the house.
For more information about protecting your garden in winter, more winter gardening tips, or to plan your spring planting and gardening, contact the professionals at Jones Topsoil or give us a call! We are here for all of your soil and gardening needs.
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Sometimes you can end up with more tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini growing in your garden than you can eat, can or freeze. Then what do you do? Below are some ideas of how to use your extra vegetables in a beneficial way.
Trade or Donate Extra Vegetables Online
There are many online resources for trading or donating your excess vegetables. A great website for donating extra vegetables is AmpleHarvest.org. Ample Harvest is committed to providing fresh foods to those in need. Check out their website to find out how you can help. Another great site is VeggieTrader.com. Veggie Trader is a free resource that allows you to connect with other gardeners to trade or sell your vegetables. You can also sell your excess veggies on craigslist.com.
Try a New Recipe
Having a large amount of a certain vegetable is a great way to venture out and try a new recipe that features those veggies. Cooking Light has some easy and delicious recipes. Midwest Living, also has some great recipes as well. Squash Ribbons with Parmesan and Crisp Prosciutto, is just one example of the decadent recipes to try. You may find your new favorite dish and have your extra veggies to thank.
Share with Neighbors and Friends
Giving your excess vegetables to neighbors is a great way to make new friends and create a positive relationship with those living around you. Typically, your family or friends are happy to have some fresh grown veggies.
In order to maintain a healthy garden it is important to have rich soil to encourage growth. We offer SuperSoil, which is our special landscaping blend. This soil is perfect for vegetable gardens, flowerbeds and all your landscaping needs. To order your SuperSoil today give us a call at 1-800-JonesTopsoil or visit our SuperSoil page.