Spring

Easy & Beautiful DIY Garden Trellis

Easy Garden Trellis

August in Wisconsin is the peak of beauty in the vegetable garden. All of the flowers are bursting with color, the harvest is starting in earnest and my basket fills up with all the colors of the rainbow each morning. The plants themselves are big and lush, bursting with growth and tumbling every which way. My garden feels a bit like a living, breathing beast that’s going to take over my entire yard. It’s a jungle out there!

I’m currently reading the book, Growing Beautiful Food, and it explores a topic close to my heart – growing food not only to feed your body, but to feed your soul as well. I loved this quote,

“If you begin to imagine growing food as an art form, where you move beyond the supply and demand of feeding yourself and others and into the realm of aesthetics, then you begin to cultivate beauty as well. And beauty is a fundamental human need, as essential as breath.”

At this time of year I soak in the aesthetic beauty of my garden and embrace the extra joy in brings to my life. And I’m re-convinced that having a gorgeous vegetable garden is just as important as having a productive one.

Every season I try to pay close attention to which parts I feel drawn to visually, so I can make mental notes about especially striking flower combinations, stand out vegetable varieties and anything else that elicits a feeling of happiness in my heart.

One element of my garden that’s consistently been a favorite are the “temporary” trellises I created last year. When we bought our house there was very little landscaping around it. We’re slowly adding trees, shrubs and perennials, but it’s still pretty bare. My vegetable gardens sit nicely in front of and on the side of my house, but they can sometimes feel flat and boring in the early and late parts of the season.

Last spring I decided that I needed to add some temporary height around the house to make the gardens more visually interesting. I wanted something quick, easy and inexpensive to start with while I work out my plans for future structures. After some scheming and dreaming, I decided to try a livestock panel trellis.

First, I’ll show you some shots of the trellises from this season. Then, I’ll tell you how we made them.

39 Garden Bloggers Share Their Biggest Mistakes

top garden bloggers share garden mistakes

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As gardeners, we love to huddle up (virtually and in person) to swap tricks, tips, favorite plant varieties and yes…even our mistakes. No matter how many years we’ve been gardening each season there are total failures, pledges of doing better next year, and times when we ask ourselves, “Why did I do that? I should know better.”

One of my favorite quotes about mistakes comes from the book, The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture“In the garden there are no mistakes, just lessons pointing you towards better solutions.”

It’s in the spirit of this quote that I invited 38 top garden bloggers to gather together to reflect upon and share their garden bloopers by answering this question:

What’s the biggest mistake you made when you started gardening?

With enough distance, if we’re lucky, life allows us to laugh at our blunders and missteps. You’ll find a lot of humor in the following reflections, and you might even discover a glimpse of yourself!

 

Shawna CoronadoShawna Coronado ShawnaCoronado.com // @ShawnaCoronado

~ Shawna is a wellness lifestyle advocate, professional author, blogger, photographer, and media host who campaigns for social good. She has a “make a difference” focus on green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and healthy food recipes built to inspire.

The biggest and most horrifying mistake I have made in my garden happened when I first started gardening. My roses were covered with aphids and a friend of mine told me about a “systemic pesticide”, which can be a bug killer and fertilizer combined.

I used it and it worked so well that I put the systemic on every single plant in my garden. Systemic pesticides are taken up “inside” the plant by working through the root system and poisons the insects when they come to feed.

While it sounds like a principal that should be effective, the problem happened when I went to my butterfly loving plants and discovered no butterflies.

8 Steps for Expertly Planting a Seedling

If you live in a northern climate like me, the time when you can plant all of the vegetables on your list is quickly approaching! In Madison, our last frost is usually somewhere around the middle of May. Although there was the year I lost my 30+ pepper plants to a Memorial Day Weekend frost. Ouch.

If you’re planning on heading out to your garden this weekend with seedlings and trowel in hand, I thought I’d offer a refresher on how to quickly and easily plant your new vegetable plants.

How to plant vegetable plant

Step 1: Clear a space. My beds are always covered in hay mulch to keep down weeds. When I’m ready to plant a seedling I simply clear a small area with my hands.

Plant vegetable plant

 Step 2: Dig a hole with your trowel and pour a bunch of water in to soak the area. During this step I often add a handful of compost or a nutrient mix I use in my garden.

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