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Green and Growing: Picks for Gardeners

Mar 6, 2013

by cakewithgiants

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Amy Borrell is a freelance illustrator and designer living in Melbourne, Australia. She spends her days working on all kinds of lovely projects with clients across publishing, fashion and retail, and her nights dabbling in the kitchen with veggies from the garden.

There is something magical about gardening. Add a sprinkling of sunshine and a dash of water to a dusty piece of earth, and voilà! A happy little garden appears. Gardens are not only pretty, they’re also incredibly useful, providing food for the table, flowers for a birthday, and a calm and restful space to wash away the stress of the week.

[Clockwise from top: Peat planting pots from ethanollie; Tall Weeds sign by TheCommonSign; Cosmic carrot seed mix from cubits; Burlap planting bags from simplyfrenchvintage.]

Cosmic carrots are my favourite veggie at the moment: easy to grow and intriguing at dinner parties with their purple skin and orange insides. Peat planting pots are perfect for starting off seeds before they’re big enough to pop into the garden. When you’re ready to plant, burlap bags are great for preventing weeds, but if you’re happy to let them overrun things, then perhaps this tall weeds sign is for you.

[From top to bottom: Wheelbarrow by WisconsinWagon; Watering can from PassTheLove; Vintage gardening tools from FrenchCountryLife.]

It’s best to be equipped before starting off down the garden path. Cover the basics with a wheelbarrow, watering can, and vintage gardening tools.

[Clockwise from top: Garden bench by ScultoriDiLuce; Birdhouse from TheWrinklyElephant; Greenhouse plans by rjterry; Folding chairs from TheEAShop.]

Keep your string, extra pots, gardening gloves, tools, potting mix and harvesting baskets well ordered with an outdoor working bench. Set up a chair or two around the garden for quick rest breaks between weeding, and add a birdhouse to encourage birds to help germinate the plants. If you’re handy with a hammer, building your own greenhouse would be a great project to tackle.

[Clockwise from top: Living wall instructions by radmegan; Rope bird feeder by PigeonToeCeramics; Hanging planter by HalfLightHoneyStudio.]

Living walls, hanging baskets and bird feeders all add character to your garden.

[Clockwise from top: Better Homes & Gardens New Garden Book from ByHeart; Encycopedia of Organic Gardening from dizhasneatstuff; The Greenhouse from EAGERforWORD.]

It’s always important to have a few gardening books laying around in case of bug invasions, sad looking tomatoes or to brush up on planting and harvesting times. Oldies but goodies!

[Pictured: Farm-in-a-box from HomesteadUtah.]

If you’re feeling like going all out, this farm-in-a-box may be just the thing. Complete with pre-planted garden beds, composter, chicken coop, fruit trees, mini greenhouse, water tank and even a beehive. Brilliant!

However you go about it, pop out into the garden every now and then, get a little fresh air and help make something grow! It’s easy peasy.

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3 Featured Comments

  • haruaki

    Tiffany Key from resinjewelryHARUAKI said 4 years ago Featured

    My balcony garden was so much fun last year that I am going to dedicate more of our little space to it this summer. A definite must: herbs that we can't find in the grocery shops and two green curtains. Last year our green curtain was bitter melon. This year we're going to try cucumbers and morning glories. For those of you shy of plants, just try!

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 4 years ago Featured

    The growth of vegetables in a garden is magical. It's great hen the week ends and the magic of your garden can be shared with those most special in our life!

  • MayAvenue

    Margaret Kelly from MayAvenue said 4 years ago Featured

    I love the hanging planter! So pretty. Also, a farm in a box? Amazing. Growing up my mom always had tons of fruit trees and veggie gardens, there is a lot of work but a lot of reward in growing your own food!

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  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 4 years ago

    Can't wait to put in some raised beds- it's a lot of work, but the way to go if you have dogs and chickens (which I do). Would love to do some rainbow carrots and purple potatoes this year. Last year, instead of starting from seeds I bought starts from the local gardens. It was startlingly inexpensive and everything was ready to go into the outdoor beds. Enjoyed lettuce, kale, and fresh herbs for months!

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 4 years ago

    Nice feature. I'm so excited for spring and seeing all those colorful vegetables at the farmers market!

  • deadsetbabes

    dead set babes from deadsetbabes said 4 years ago

    love this post!! really wish we could grow things in our apartment!

  • lynnsteeves

    Lynn Steeves from VerticalFlora said 4 years ago

    great tips & inspiration! Can't wait for spring :)

  • lynnsteeves

    Lynn Steeves from VerticalFlora said 4 years ago

    inspiring! can't wait till spring....

  • aostudio9

    Adrienne from DabAndDabble said 4 years ago

    ...what is it about that wheelbarrow that takes me back to being a kid eager to work in the little vegtable garden with my mother! Aah thoughts of Spring!

  • astronette

    Bridget Miller from astronette said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! This gets me so excited for the magic of spring.

  • astronette

    Bridget Miller from astronette said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! This gets me so excited about the magic of spring.

  • ellabellamay

    Ursula Goetz from ellabellamay said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring for the upcoming spring planting season!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    This is great and in perfect time for Spring! Can't wait!!!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    The Spring thaw cannot come soon enough. I just aching to get out and grow!

  • memckeen

    LovelySquid from LovelySquid said 4 years ago

    I long for spring as yet another snow storm is predicted. I can't wait to put my carrot seeds in the ground!

  • juliepeach

    julie malone from juliepeach said 4 years ago

    Already started my seeds !

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    great treasury!

  • nat1489

    Natalie Jacob from EtymologyJewelry said 4 years ago

    Fantastic! Can't wait for warmer weather :)

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome post:O)

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics said 4 years ago

    This reminds me so much of the National Trust property I used to work for. The gardens used to supply the fruit and veg for the catering, and it was amazing to see all the garden volunteers hard at work planting, weeding and harvesting with the changing seasons. It also got into the news because they encouraged blokes to come over and have a wee on the compost heap, it helps start the decomposition process. Maybe that should be mentioned in the next garden feature ;)

  • crottedebique

    AnneSo Godby from crottedebique said 4 years ago

    Lovely items!! I can't wait to start gardening!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Nice! Can't wait for Spring.

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 4 years ago

    Inspiring picks! Makes me want to get my hands dirty.

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics said 4 years ago

    Just had a look and found the news article about urinating on compost, it was just the staff but I'm sure someone told me that visitors asked if they could join in XD http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2009/nov/13/composting-urine Apologies if links aren't allowed but I there's some interesting bits of science involved, and gardening is always dirty work one way or another!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 4 years ago

    Perfect timing as I think about getting the vege patch ready for the cooler months in Australia

  • StudioBotanica

    Cristy Beck from StudioBotanica said 4 years ago

    Love this post! I can not wait to get out there to start planting and harvesting again. There is nothing like growing your own food.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    I've spent all day out in the garden pruning, soon be planting time!

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 4 years ago

    I liked this post! It feels like spring is giving us a renewal to enjoy the outdoors and collect our fruit this summer. Wonderful picks

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa said 4 years ago

    I like that little greenhouse. Seeing this article makes me want to grow sprouts. I heard they are really healthy and easy to grow.

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 4 years ago

    Loving this post. So happy to see the bees included, yay!!

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 4 years ago

    luv the boat chairs..classic! can't wait for spring veggies

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this article. It's snowing heavily where I live now, and I'm yearning for the return of spring and days of gardening. Beautiful picks in this collection too.

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article! I enjoyed this and also looking at the picks! Fun fun!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    This is really great and in perfect time for Spring!

  • NostalgiaBloom

    NostalgiaBloom from NostalgiaBloom said 4 years ago

    Nice post. We planted zucchini this year, but alas there wasn't enough bees to pollinate the flowers in our area so the flowers just drop of. Was disappointing. I think we need to plant more bee friendly plants in our yard to try and bring them in.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    Elizabeth from ABreathOfFrenchAir said 4 years ago

    Nice article! I have started my winter sowing (outdoors) this week. I have planted Poppies, Pear Tomatoes, and Zebra Tomatoes!

  • elizabethandersen9

    Elizabeth Andersen from TheEAShop said 4 years ago

    Thank you for the refreshing article and photos! It's rather dreary starting March with 12" of snow here in Chicago. Thank you for including the folding chairs from my shop with such wonderful company. I can't wait to share. Happy spring and happy gardening!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 4 years ago

    So many wonderful things for the garden! I'm so ready for warmer weather and getting into the gardening! Thanks!

  • elizabethandersen9

    Elizabeth Andersen from TheEAShop said 4 years ago

    What a refreshing subject and photos! Much needed today after 12" of snow here in Chicago. Thank you for including my folding chairs with such good company. I can't wait to share and spread the cheer :) happy spring and happy gardening!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 4 years ago

    Beautiful all around !!! great photo's, terrific inspiration, now lets get a little sun here in the pacific northwest and we'll be on our gardens path.

  • SpaceMauve

    Caroline Bee from SpaceMauve said 4 years ago

    Nice, very inspired.

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring! I'm ready for spring!!!

  • sdrafke

    Suzette from Suzetteupcycled said 4 years ago

    I grew up with a Father who LOVED gardening & we always had a HUGE garden and fresh veggies....never had COSMIC CARROTS back then but LOVE LOVE LOVE them now!! Recently moved to SUNNY FLORIDA so now have a garden ALL YEAR ROUND!!! GARDENS ROCK!!!

  • Ebrown2503

    Eleanore from FiberBeads said 4 years ago

    Dabbling in the kitchen...I love that!

  • christineshmisteen

    CHRISTINE SHMISTEEN from TheArtOfFinerThings said 4 years ago

    "tall weeds"--- I LOVE IT!

  • studiotuesday

    david scheirer from studiotuesday said 4 years ago

    Cool finds. Love the greenhouse and the farm-in-a-box is awesome!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 4 years ago

    Can't wait to start planting my container garden on my porch!!! Every year, I add new things to grow and enjoy throughout the summer!

  • MinaMinette

    Jan Penn from MinaMinette said 4 years ago

    Spring has sprung!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds from worksandfinds said 4 years ago

    Unfortunately spring didn't sprung in my area - we have snow, snow and more snow. I hope it's over but I'm not sure. I can't wait to go to my garden. I even got the rain barrels for this year to safe on watering. Where is the spring????

  • haruaki

    Tiffany Key from resinjewelryHARUAKI said 4 years ago Featured

    My balcony garden was so much fun last year that I am going to dedicate more of our little space to it this summer. A definite must: herbs that we can't find in the grocery shops and two green curtains. Last year our green curtain was bitter melon. This year we're going to try cucumbers and morning glories. For those of you shy of plants, just try!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Superb!

  • gaiadesignstudios

    gaiadesignstudios from GaiaDesignStudios said 4 years ago

    Spring is right around the corner, love this post!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Great tips !!

  • Winterowls

    Jennifer Ross from WinterOwls said 4 years ago

    Beautiful post Amy and I loved someone from my city Melbourne being featured. It's a little hot here at the moment but I'm looking forward to planting vegies soon!

  • gardenjewels

    Julie DeGroot from JewelsInTheGarden said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful post, great finds! One of my favorite places to be! Still snow covered here, my winter garden in its deep slumber awaiting the arrival of Spring!

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 4 years ago

    Gardening is an art. I can not wait to start one this year with my four year old. He is so excited about it this year. We are planing loads of colour and textures.

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 4 years ago Featured

    The growth of vegetables in a garden is magical. It's great hen the week ends and the magic of your garden can be shared with those most special in our life!

  • AScrappyLife

    AScrappyLife from AScrappyLife said 4 years ago

    Love gardening! Can't wait to ditch apartment living one day to have my own garden space!

  • etgen

    Bethany Etgen from TakeMeHomeAndAway said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous -- cannot wait for the earth to warm up!!

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    Its great to see all the garden items here at this time of year!

  • SomeKindOfPretty

    Catheryn Dallenbach from SomeKindOfPretty said 4 years ago

    Great post! Makes me want to get out there and garden! I love the potter's bench and the vintage folding chairs.

  • cubits

    Laura and Ryan from cubits said 4 years ago

    Beautiful Finds! I'm so glad you liked our carrots.

  • JoyousCrafts

    Heather Salzman from JoyousCrafts said 4 years ago

    Yummy! I've tried gardening for years now and never did any good. :( Lets hope this year's garden is better! :D

  • MayAvenue

    Margaret Kelly from MayAvenue said 4 years ago Featured

    I love the hanging planter! So pretty. Also, a farm in a box? Amazing. Growing up my mom always had tons of fruit trees and veggie gardens, there is a lot of work but a lot of reward in growing your own food!

  • mgl12

    Monica from VerseShop said 4 years ago

    I love the look of all this stuff. I am not much of an outdoors person, but this makes me want to be! Love it!

  • EYESview

    Lisa Rusmiselle from InkAndWhimsy2 said 4 years ago

    I just love the raised gardening beds! We have two in our yard and they are so much easier to maintain. Here in South West Ohio after an snow storm left 11 inches of snow on the ground, I am dreaming of Spring, Planting and camping! :-)

  • 118jan

    Janette from AmericanDollClothes said 4 years ago

    I am not much of a gardener, but your article makes it look so inviting. So many cute ideas!

  • weskarchut

    Wes Karchut from retroinspiredprints said 4 years ago

    Spring is in the isr.

  • weskarchut

    Wes Karchut from retroinspiredprints said 4 years ago

    Spring is in the air.

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage from WoodlandCottage said 4 years ago

    HOLD ON--SPRINGTIME'S A-COMIN!

  • richardlithgow

    Richard Lithgow from RichardLithgow said 4 years ago

    Very nice. I like gardening, it can be peaceful.

  • kateemarie

    Katie from KateeMarie said 4 years ago

    can't wait for spring!

  • kateemarie

    Katie from KateeMarie said 4 years ago

    very exciting!

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff said 4 years ago

    My goal for March is to spend 15-30 minutes every morning planning and starting seeds for this year's garden. I built my own solar greenhouse and I'm still enjoying last years kale, swiss chard and spinach. It's so heart warming to grow and eat your own food. It's been worth all the life style changes and sacrifices. I've already purchased some seeds on Etsy for this season and was thrilled with the results of last year's Etsy seed purchases. And, yes, Creative Classics, we all pee on the compost pile and near the tomato plants! thank you for including my book, Organic Gardening.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions from SimpleTraditions said 4 years ago

    I love EVERYTHING!!! Can't wait to get out there and start gardening this year!

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff said 4 years ago

    It's incredibly heartwarming to grow and eat your own home grown vegetables! March is my month for seeding buying( on Etsy) ,garden planning and mulch spreading. My peas poked their little heads up this week and it's pretty darn exciting! thank you for including my Organic Gardening book!

  • charlenejones256

    Charlene Jones from RosehipStudio said 4 years ago

    What an inspiring post! Here's to Spring - I've had enough of this long Canadian winter, eh?

  • WoodrockTurning

    Kerry and Rie from WoodrockTurning said 4 years ago

    Love gardening!! Anyone want some ornamental wooden mushrooms? We have some :) perfect for the fairy gardens!!

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 4 years ago

    Great post! I love that little green house!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    I love the picture of all the carrots....freakycarrots

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from JKWaltonCollages said 4 years ago

    Lovely article - I enjoy fruit and veg gardening - roll on the warmer weather. Could do with one of the 'Tall Weeds' lables in the meantime :o/

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    it's totally my dream to have a full garden... one day soon.. ♥

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

    Excited for spring!! Love the greenhouse :)

  • superveshmashina

    Monika from MozakNaPasiCeramics said 4 years ago

    i love gardening, but i miss it since i don't have a garden. but have lots of flower pots on my balcony.. can't wait for the forrest strawberries :)

  • mcconnelljennifer

    Jennifer McConnell from McConnellHardware said 4 years ago

    Love the carrots! I planted mine, along with potatoes, last weekend. And that bench, swoon! I am reworking and expanding my raised beds this week - it's Spring here in Atlanta! Great picks/pics.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    This makes me anxious for the spring....

  • FantasticaIdea

    Roberta from FantaIdea said 4 years ago

    I want springgggg!

  • iwantpizzanow

    Kate from DrawertoDrawer said 4 years ago

    Great picks! I'm starting gardening this spring and I can't wait- heirloom carrots are delicious too

  • Pixie2428

    Doris C. from SewBeautifulbyDC said 4 years ago

    Farm in a box is a great idea ! I want to try that some day.

  • jhsong67

    Jane Song from JSongCreations said 3 years ago

    Good ideas, I'd like to try some.

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