It’s finally that time again! The winter coats are packed away, the washing is hanging up outside and the men of the world are taking their rightful place at the barbecue. Yes, it’s summertime! Now that the season of ‘Taps Aff’ weather (a very scientific way of measuring warm weather) is upon us, it is the perfect time to create a beautiful summer yard for all of the family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a new theme or perhaps your grass just needs sprucing up, it’s important to have your garden exactly how you want it.
Here are some fantastic ideas to bring it all together!
Bifold Doors to Bring Together Home and Garden
One of the best ways to make the most of your yard in summer is with Origin bi fold doors, such as those sold by Ekco. Unlike traditional patio doors, bi-fold doors fold all the way in thereby opening up your home and giving you unparalleled views of your garden. Not only do they look stunning, bi-fold doors have a low threshold which removes the barrier between indoors and outdoors essentially creating one huge living space for you to enjoy in summer. Bi-folds give a wonderful sense of space and light and allow you to keep your home cool in summer.
Most of us are worried about the effect humans have on the environment and wildlife, but many of us think we can’t do anything about it. This isn’t the case, as there are a few things you can do to encourage diversity and give nature a helping hand without even leaving your home.
Offer fresh water
While animals are pretty good at finding clean water to drink when it’s available, they can have a hard time in winter and summer when supplies either freeze or dry up.
Keep a birdbath or a small pond in your garden and make sure it’s topped up and freely available, even if you need to use a small heater to stop it freezing. You’ll be helping birds, lizards and small mammals, as long as the water isn’t near a place that a predator could launch an attack from.
Most of you know that I’m what I like to call an “experimenting gardener”. When it comes to gardening, I love to see what I can grow…and I what I simply CANNOT. Living in Central Florida, I’ve been doing pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement! For instance…
I’ve been purchasing lots of my seeds from Amazon, when I can’t find them in my local area. My October sowing was no different – I purchased some spinach seeds from Amazon, because I LOVE spinach, and I was excited about having a bunch of it on hand!
You can see it here in the background of this pic…
Except this was about the same time that my parents were down for Thanksgiving, and my mom, while studying my garden, pointed to my spinach and said, “What’s that?”
“It’s spinach!” I exclaimed, a little taken aback that she didn’t know.
“That’s not spinach,” she said firmly.
I’ve been working around the outside of our home quite a bit these days. Doing some much-needed updating to the landscaping, and trying not to get heat stroke in the process! It’s been HOT in Florida of late!
But even in the heat, I still enjoy “gardening”. I’ve got some Confederate Jasmine and Begonias growing beautifully up front, along with some Indian Hawthorns and even a new Sable Palm! In the backyard, I have some tropicals like Plumerias and Hibiscus, and I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on my Pineapple bed and my wee little rose garden so I can share with all of you! Oh, and the herb garden is doing fantastic on the patio – smells amazing!
And then there’s my vegetable garden. That’s been the experiment, really. So far I’m only growing beans, some simple salad greens, Romaine Lettuce and okra. So not what I wanted it to be at this point – it’s been a big work in progress, that’s for sure.
So when Sofia Lewis contacted me to see if I would share her vegetable garden tips…I knew I personally needed them! I hope they are helpful to all of you, as well! Let’s see what she’s got for us…
If you are an avid gardener or want to become one, you should learn all the tricks of the profession. There are many little things that you can learn in order to make yourself a better gardener or at the very least ease up your gardening effort a little. Such tricks can be time savers, or they can be the difference between a properly raised vegetables and vegetables that appear simply because you planted them and watered them enough for some results to appear. You do not want the latter, so here are some tips for you and your vegetable garden!
One of my big plans for our backyard is to have three (LARGE) raised beds full of vegetables! I’m working on introducing more and more veggies into every meal; sometimes even “hidden” in places my husband would not expect, ha! (Do you have to do that, too?!)
However, I’m still working a full-time job, running my own business on the side and doing this lil’ blog…so I don’t have all the time in the world to cultivate a huge garden right now. And I’m really good at overwhelming myself with too much to do! So I wanted to start VERY small – see what grows well in our yard and in our climate…and, let’s face it…see what I DON’T kill!
So, as of right now, I have three things growing. Yes, just three! But they’re all growing WELL, so that’s the idea, right?
1. Tomatoes – There are SO many of them – just clusters and clusters! I can’t wait to slice these up with some fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar!