I am lucky enough to live in Growing Zone 9. While thinking and planning this years upcoming garden I began to feel like I was spinning my wheels in a bed of wet clay.
I needed inspiration.
I noticed that there was a Home and Garden Show not too far away in Sacramento. I decided to run down there for the day and see if I could see something that would give me some ideas for my garden. I knew the show’s primary focus was decorative landscaping, but I wanted some new ideas.
I know that veggies are veggies are veggies, so what could I learn? What I was looking for was not the latest heirloom seeds for the season, but for something to “spice up” the garden Aesthetically.
I wanted some ideas for something to do around my garden that would make people look at it as more than just a source for great food ( although that’s not bad.)
So what did I find?
There was “The Garden Coach” who has made a business of helping urban dwellers without time or inclination to get their small ( or larger) backyard garden started. I believe that if they wished, she would even tend it for them.
I even noticed they had one of my new favorite books in their booth from Chris Mclaughlin called “Vertical Vegetable Gardening”.
I met and listened to a presentation from Roberta Walker, a Sacramento area Landscape designer (http:\\www.robertawalker.com ) who talked about drought tolerant planting and how even a small vegetable garden can be worked into most yards.
And I did learn something from her that I am ashamed I didn’t realize.
If you have an arbor in your yard or garden, and have climbing plants on it like Wisteria or Grapes as I do, you should get some sort of Metal Arbor as when you need to paint or refresh the Arbor you would need to cut the vines back for access.
My addition to that is to use the arbor for more temporary plants like Peas, Beans, melons etc. Then all you need to do is wait till the crop is harvested and you would need to remove the pant anyway. I still like the point though.
Why am I going on and on about the garden show that is mostly landscaping and less about vegetable gardening?
Simple. With many of you still snowed in and suffering the no garden blues, you can get out and be inspired.
Many of these shows tour the country and will most likely show up somewhere near you.
If you can’t work in your garden, what better way to be inspired while waiting for all your seed catalogs to arrive??