I would like to plant more veggies and flowers this year, but I am out of space, any suggestions? JM
This is a challenge many gardeners face: We buy plants we “have to have” and then try to find a place for them in our gardens. Here are a couple of options.
Containers: Containers are great if you have limited space: those with small yards or perhaps those living in apartments. Almost anything can be a garden container. You can use one of the many decorative pots available at local garden centers, a 5-gallon bucket or even a used tractor tire. Containers are a great way to highlight special flowers or perhaps grow tropicals that you bring inside during winter.
Vertical gardens: This is a little hard to describe without a visual but imagine something like 4-foot lengths of household guttering with vertical supports separated by about a foot of space up the height of a privacy fence or garden wall. These work great for veggies like lettuce. You can get a lot of lettuce out of a small space utilizing this method.
Other options to consider would be straw bales, grow bags, square foot gardens, keyhole gardens, or maybe even hydroponic, aeroponic or aquaponic gardens. While we don’t have space to go into all of these here, we do have information on these methods on our website. Look in the “Lawn & Garden Help” section of our website for help.
Choosing your plants: With so many varieties of flowers and even veggies to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Don’t be intimidated or afraid to experiment. There are a lot of resources to help you learn, and if you are willing to be adventurous, you can stumble upon some of your soon-to-be favorite plants.
A good source of ideas about what to plant comes from exploring other people’s gardens. As Master Gardeners, we know this, so each year we open up several Master Gardener landscapes for you to tour. This year’s tour is called Pollinators R Us and will have a special emphasis on pollinator gardens. There will be five homes on the tour set for June 8 and 9 that will be packed with ideas you can take home. Advance tickets are $10 and $15 during the tour. Proceeds go to help fund horticultural education throughout Tulsa County.
Also, our Urban Gardener series is about to start back up in July. The spring series of the classes sold out, so if you would like to learn more about plant botany, soil science, growing veggies, pollinator gardens, trees and shrubs or turf management, you need to sign up for this series of classes pretty quick, as we expect them to sell out again.
Information on garden types and tickets for the Garden Tour and Urban Gardener Classes are available on our website at tulsamastergardeners.org.