Tips And Tricks On Keeping The Pests Out Of The Garden

By tony / May 8, 2018

Organic horticulture can either be a wonderful hobby, or a very relaxing hobby. The following advice will help you to become a savy organic garden successfully.

TIP! Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool.

Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. To ease the digging, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. The clay easily slides off of its surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.

TIP! Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases.

Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your efforts to banishing weeds! Weeds can take a promising garden to become overgrown and turn it into a shell of its potential. A clever way to get rid of them is to use white vinegar. White vinegar can kill the weeds! If you’re annoyed with pulling up weeds manually, simply spray them with a white vinegar solution.

TIP! To get the best results, you must use the right soil. You may need to alter the kind of soil you use based on the types of plants you intend to grow.

When mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. If you leave some of the grass when you mow, the roots grow further into the ground, making your lawn stronger. Short grass is more susceptible to drying out.

Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus.

TIP! Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. You can even plant the container in the ground.

Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides for your horticulture area. These kinds of pesticides can also kill useful insects that eat your pests. Beneficial bugs are more sensitive to these pesticides than the bugs that are detrimental to plants, so if the good bugs are eliminated, allowing the population of bad pests to multiply. This will leave you to use an additional amount of pesticides to fix this problem.

Ground Beetles

TIP! Fertilizer in the garden is a must. Manure is probably the best fertilizer.

Bees will go straight for these plants in the springtime. Heather beds are common grounds for helpful insects such as spiders and ground beetles, which is why helpful little critters like ground beetles and spiders call them home.Keep this in mind and remember to always wear gloves when you prune your heather!

TIP! Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. These pesticides can also kill useful insects that eat your pests.

Make the most of the time spent in your garden every day.Don’t waste your time searching high and low for that packet of seeds or spade. Prepare them all ahead of time and have them handy before you need to garden, and put them away nicely when you are done. If you need, consider using a tool belt or even just some pants that have lots of pockets.

Get more profits from your land. Landscaping your property provides some of the best home improvement returns. Some plants can raise your home value by 20% or more.

TIP! If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. One side effect of this is that where animals thrive, so do birds and insects that help nurture and pollinate plants, which will increase the quality of your garden.

Don’t let all the chores for your organic garden pile up. Even if you end up being too busy to do garden chores every day, you could do small things that could prevent you from piling up work when you wish to work on your garden. For example, while your canine is outside going to the toilet, you could clear a few bunches of weeds between checking on the burgers.

TIP! Indoor plants need an environment that is between 65 and 75 degrees. Your plants will not grow well if it is too cold.

Horticulture of any type can be a great hobby that helps you to feel more at one with the earth, but organic horticulture remains the best way to observe natural cycles.

Botanical Insecticides

TIP! Creating a trap with beer can help reduce the number of slugs in your garden. Dig a hole the size of a glass jar, and bury the jar with the top at ground level.

Research the local botanical insecticides which can be useful in ridding your garden of pests. Natural insecticides are often more powerful than synthetic pesticides. However, botanical insecticides may not last as long because of their biological makeups, they often decay and disappear quickly.

TIP! If you are building a raised bed utilize stone, brick or wood that is untreated. If using wood, make sure it’s naturally rot resistant and untreated.

After you plant tomatoes in your garden, wait three weeks and then plant a second round. This makes sure that you are not inundated with a huge tomato harvest from being ready at one time.

Think about what you can use on your garden. Try to use natural alternatives instead of the chemicals you normally use. A good example to use compost.

Native Plants

TIP! Make your organic gardening experience easier. You should plan your landscaping by using native grasses, bushes and flowers.

This is organic horticulture easier. Plan your landscaping with primarily native grasses, flowers, and grasses. If you opt for native plants that work well with your climate and soil, you won’t need special pesticides or fertilizers. Native plants will thrive if you encourage growth with only natural compost.


Know what you’d specifically like to grow within your garden. Not all plants thrive well in the same type of environment. For instance, if you are planning on planting roses in your garden, there are those that will thrive in your garden and those that will not. Make sure that you select the varieties that will adapt well to your garden.

Even though insects will be present, your plants will not be affected as much as before.

TIP! Your garden won’t be able to survive without an adequate supply of water. Plants, just like people, cannot survive without water.

You know about how useful compost is when it comes to growing an organic garden, but are you aware of what goes into compost? Compost is a mixture of organic matter such as grass clippings, wood-chips, leaves, produce scraps, twigs, and small twigs that all break down together into a soil-like consistency. You want to use this type of a commercial fertilizer as opposed to one that is commercial.

Organic Gardening

TIP! There are some foreign houseplants which require a unique humidity or odd temperature in order to thrive within our environments. Placing plants together in one pot or surrounding them with small rocks will help increase the moisture they receive.

Organic gardening, while requiring a good effort for great results, is a great way to live a greener life. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. Using the tips that you just learned you can improve your skills in organic gardening.

How To Use Landscaping For All Four Seasons

By tony / May 7, 2018

Whether you want to do this yourself or hire someone to do it for you, you will find some excellent tips in this article to get you started.

Try to use native plants when you are landscaping. When landscaping your garden, it is a good idea to choose shrubs, flowers and trees that do well in your area.

TIP! Re-edge any flowers and rock beds in your garden to freshen it up. Curved beds look more contemporary and visually striking than straight-edged beds.

When you landscape, make sure you know the differences between annuals and perennials, you also want to know what kind of shrubs, plants, or flowers work best in different areas. You need to also think about what season it is when planning your landscape layout. It is important to understand which plants do well during specific seasons to get good results from your landscape is successful.

A watering system is always a good investment for a homeowner. These types of watering systems are simple to install and will allow plants to be watered consistently. The water is much more efficient but it’s a drip and not a stream, which would be the effect of a sprinkler system or a hose.

Landscaping does not only include the planting a few trees and there. To add distinctive beauty with texture, look for opportunities to include wood, cement or even wrought iron pieces. You can be a little more creative with decks, pergolas, arches or perhaps a nice deck from which to survey your handiwork. You can find these items are priced to fit any budget.

TIP! Know what the difference between annuals and perennials are. You’ll also want to know what shrubs, plants, and flowers work best in your area.

Shop online to save money and to find a wider variety of products. There are lots of sites that sell well-made products at very good prices. Make sure you check out customer reviews about products that are handled with care and come on time.

Leave some stary grass clippings on your lawn after mowing the lawn.

It is often prudent to go with certain items.When looking at mulch, perennials and containers, there’s no reason to buy the more pricey version. It is crucial you carefully watch over your plants thoroughly. Plants that are sold at a deep discount may not have been given the proper care that they require.

Peat Moss

Peat moss makes a great ground cover for you to add to your plants to thrive. Peat moss has lots of nutrients for your plants that they could be lacking. It can also provides an attractive by adding a little contrast to it.

Try using curved borders around what you plant when landscaping your yard. These round shapes are more visually appealing than straight ones. When people look at your property from the sidewalk, they will see a softer design that stands in pleasant contrast to the sharper lines of the home itself.

TIP! Have your soil tested before you begin your garden or landscaping project. Soil tests help you figure out what has to be eliminated or added, so you can fix these things before planting.

Incorporate a water in your plan. Fountains and small pools can be easy to install and water. If you could afford it, you can even hire a professional to do the installation for a nominal fee. Adding water to your design will provide a focus point.

To create a landscaping design that is visually appealing and easy to take care of, consider using native plants. Plant species that have adapted naturally thrive in your local climate are almost universally easier to care of when compared to foreign transplants. Local plants don’t need as much supplemental irrigation and this can save you money when it comes to the water bill.

When you are buying materials for your yard project, it isn’t the best strategy to simply buy the cheapest items. Consider every alternative before you purchase any money.

Complete your lawn or yard in segments. You could either start with different sections or focus on different types of plants.

If you live in an area with water restrictions, you need to realize that there will be restrictions on what plants you should use.

Learn as much as you can about design techniques. For instance, use anchor plants to give your yard a flowing, to create a look of continuity. The textures of plants should also add important variation and contrast to your landscape design. There is a wealth of information in landscaping books out there and websites that will allow you to learn more about this.

TIP! Most people don’t consider going online to get their landscaping items. Actually, it’s very easy and convenient to shop online; however, you may find more rare and unusual plants that at a local home center or nursery.

Fall color should also be considered when you design process. Many people are only concerned with summer or spring colors, but there are many beautiful fall options out there too. You are sure to appreciate this decision in the fall when the garden looks fabulous.

Create a yard to prevent the growth of weed growth. Weeds grow in places that they have space to spread out.

Choose a quality fertilizer that is appropriate for your garden. Try to stick with one universal fertilizer which will work for everything you’ve planted to ensure that you don’t have two competing products causing possible damage where they meet. Test out different fertilizers and look at reviews to help you determine which is the best fertilizer. You should use fertilizer before starting your landscaping project.

TIP! It really isn’t necessary to hire a professional to do all of the work on your landscaping project. Professional landscaping can cost a ton of money.

Use the principles of good design elements for your landscape. Anchor plants will add continuity to your landscape. Various shrubs planted repeatedly can create some unity to you overall design. Balance can be achieved by using the same pattern of plants in a given area. Variation can be achieved in planting plants that have different leaf textures.

The appearance of any home can be transformed by the judicious planting of flowers and trees, landscaping with rocks and maintaining the lawn. Doing it right is all it takes to change your home into the talk of the neighborhood. Start this weekend and watch the beauty unfold.

Beyond Sustainable 30 Year Old farm

Zero Waste Homestead Farm on 1 Acre

John from visits Pico Blanco Farm, a 1 Acre Beyond Sustainable Farm on a the hill above Escazú, Costa Rica that was started 30 years ago.

In this episode, John takes you on a tour of this well-planned permaculture farm that captures its own water, generates its own power, makes its own gas, produces its own fertilizer and grows fruits and vegetables in harmony with nature.

You will discover some of the common and more uncommon fruits and vegetables are grown on this permaculture farm.

You will learn some of the many systems that are in place to turn this farm into a zero-waste paradise where all black water (sewage) and grey water is bio filtered and used to grow food.

You will learn how gravity is used to water this terraced farm on a hill by using pipe reduction to increase water pressure.

You will discover some techniques for stopping erosion by increasing soil organic matter and getting roots in the ground.

You will learn some of the planning and techniques that one man used to turn an undesirable property on a hill to one of the most impressive permaculture farms I have ever visited.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
0:09:30 Slope without Retaining Wall by using the best practices
0:11:45 Edible Flowers
0:17:20 Solar Panels Creating 100% of Power
0:21:00 Stove Powered by Gas Created on Site
0:21:30 Benefits of Cooking on Cast Iron Pots
0:23:45 Squatting on Toilet to Make Bio-Gas
0:27:20 Septic System that produces Gas, Fertilizer and Clean Water
0:33:51 Water Lilys and Water Lettuce Cleans Black Water
0:38:00 Conventional and Organic Lettuce and How that can degrade soil
0:40:44 Azola Cleans Water Further
0:44:16 Growing Taro and Other Crops with clean water
0:37:00 Final water Cleaning Stage with Duckweed
0:49:00 Living off the Grid By Making Your own Power and Resources
0:53:00 Catching Rain Water without gutters
0:57:00 Always have failsafe systems
0:57:55 Water Storage Tank underground
1:02:14 Eating CoffeeBerry
1:03:18 Growing Orchids training plants
1:04:41 Non Erosion on Terraced Slope by organic matter and plant roots
1:06:42 Irrigation Sprinklers
1:07:00 Air Pruning without a Smart Pot
1:08:48 Watering terraces with gravity flow system
1:11:18 The Ultimate Producer instead of Consumer
1:12:00 Natural Insect Traps
1:13:17 Interview with Farmer Hugo A. Zuñiga Molina
1:14:55 Why did you decide to start this project?
1:17:00 Why is increasing the soil organic matter so important?
1:19:04 What does your family think of what you are doing?
1:24:19 Why is it important to teach your kids and future generations?
1:25:49 What are your opinions about growing monoculture lettuce?
1:32:20 What words of wisdom would you like to share with my viewers?
1:34:42 Visit and Stay on the Farm.

After watching this episode, you will learn about the most amazing example of permaculture in action that I have ever visited. You will learn many techniques that should be implemented in the first world countries so people can become producers instead of consumers in our society .

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Over a Dozen Edible Perennial Vegetables & Herbs – Amazing Nursery

John from visits Spiral Gardens a community food security project in Berkeley, California to share with you some of his favorite edible perennials and herbs that you can grow in your garden.

In this episode, John takes you on a tour of Spiral Gardens Nursery in Berkeley and shares his wisdom about growing vegetables and more.

You will discover over a dozen perennial vegetables that you can grow in your garden. These vegetables are best grown in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zone 9-10 although can survive in other climates as annuals as well.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
04:24 Tips on Lettuce
04:53 Most Nutritious Food on the Planet
06:10 Nursery that starts its own plants
06:58 Grow a Garden in Pots
08:00 Balm of Gilead
08:42 Spiral Gardens Kale for Berkeley
09:28 My favorite Perennial Vegetable – Purple Tree Collards
10:00 Eating Stinging Nettles
11:38 Catnip – We Can Eat it
13:11 New Zealand Spinach – Grows Year Round
13:58 Best Place in Bay area to Buy Tree Collards
14:28 Cape Gooseberries – Related to Tomatoes Grow Year Round more cold tolerant
15:35 Yacon – My favorite tuberous root vegetable
17:39 Gotu Kola
18:01 Horseradish
19:08 Artichokes
19:55 Walking Stick Kale
20:45 Scarlett Runner Beans – Eat Young like sugar snap peas
21:45 Manzano Pepper – Best Perennial Pepper for places that don’t freeze
23:24 Abutilon – Make Delicious Edible Flowers
24:25 My recommendations for Growing Fruit Trees
25:05 African Bitterleaf in Pot
26:12 Dinosaur Kale in 15 Gallon Pot
26:44 Growing in a concrete block wall
27:53 Plant Edible Flowers
28:30 Appropriate Fruit Trees at your local nursery
29:50 Interview with directors of Non-Profit
30:09 Why is Spiral Gardens here?
34:39 Can people volunteer and learn how to grow food?
36:40 Easiest Foods in Bay Area to Grow
38:30 Traditional Model of Community Garden
40:15 Best Plants to Grow in Bay Area
42:50 Final thoughts and words of wisdom
46:22 How can someone contact spiral gardens?

After watching this episode, you will learn about an amazing resource in the Bay Area where you can learn how to grow your own food, and purchase high quality, low cost plant starts to get your garden growing.

Referenced Episodes:
Spiral Gardens original Episode

Catnip Episode

Juicing Yacon

Manzano pepper

Wendi Phan’s Episode

Neem oil Episode

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How to Grow Something More Important than your Organic Garden

John from interviews Santiago Miranda, founder of the Urban Permaculture Gardening Community in Costa Rica about how to build an organic gardening community.

In this episode, John shares with you his thoughts on growing something more important than your organic garden: Community.

In this day and age, we are becoming more isolated and separated and it is important to stick together so we can be strong.

You will discover 7 Steps to starting your own gardening or permaculture community in your city or town.

You will also about an action plan you can take now to start building a community to create resilience.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
07:29 How many sombreros do you own?
07:50 Why did you start the urban gardening community in Costa Rica?
10:25 How big is your organization?
12:15 What are the 7 steps someone needs to start a gardening community?
12:30 Know Why
16:12 Know other people’s why
18:15 Be Flexible
19:57 Find out each person’s strengths and complement them
23:55 Don’t stop doing it
26:38 Appreciate everybody’s contributions
28:40 What are the steps you can do right now to build a community?
29:15 Go out and find people doing what you want to do
30:30 Start your own community
32:40 What are some other tools to bring people into your community?
34:15 Create a Resilient System to keep the community going
35:50 When are you coming to the US to start gardening communities?
38:50 Any final tips for building a community?
41:30 What are some things you learned from building a community?
43:25 Any final tips for my viewers today?
45:00 How can people contact you?

After watching this episode, you will learn some of the most important tips to take action and start a community in your area to create awareness, comradery and teach more people about the importance of growing and eating more fruits and vegetables.

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4 Tips To Add Cinco De Mayo Decor For A Mexican-Style Boho-Chic Space

A Mexican-Style Boho-Chic Space

Maximalism is big for 2018, and layered, global-inspired bohemian design is one of the freshest ways to execute it.

With Cinco de Mayo (and summer) right around the corner, why not give your space a  colorful little Mexican-style boho-chic lift?

A little bit of Cinco De Mayo decor is a sure way to add some spice to your life.

Check out these 4 ways to add a little south-of-the-border vibe—and don’t forget to mix and match!

cinco de mayo decor

1. Add plants and cacti for a Mexican-Style Boho-Chic vibe

Nothing says Mexican boho-chic more than earthy pottery with a collection of miniature blooming cacti.

It’s a low-maintenance centerpiece that adds the perfect pop of color. Image: Be Lovely Events

mexican boho-chic cinco de mayo decor

Mexican Cinco de Mayo style is all about layering! Add plenty of plants in woven baskets and hanging pots. Image: Icons Corner

A cactus plant is low maintenance, and adds a great Cinco de Mayo vibe to any room. Image: The 36th Avenue


2. Mix and match primary-color stripes and patternsmexican style cinco de mayo bohemian chic

The quintessential Mexican blanket is inexpensive, and versatile enough to work as a blanket, table runner, wall hanging or as fabric for throw pillows.










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For a cool, contemporary Mexican decor vibe, add a few elements such as an area rug and throw pillows.

Image: The Tomkat Studio

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A rich turquoise wall works perfectly with layers of striped bedding and pillows. Image: Mina Brinkey

cinco de mayo decor

Colorful tassels and pompoms add a Mexican bohemian vibe to your room’s feel. Image: Natalie Fuglestveit

Mix and match layers of different color stripes to spice up your room. Image: Caitlin McCarthy Design

mexican style bohemian chic

What makes this dining room so perfect? The striped chair upholstery, rustic wood elements and iron pendant star lamps. Image: My Domaine

 3. Rattan and woven materials are totally Mexican Boho-Chic

Handwoven wicker baskets are lightweight enough to be easily hung as wall art. Image: HGTV
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Layers of woven baskets are great for organizing, and they work perfectly with distressed wood elements.










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Mexican style should put a big smile on your face.

This whimsical sunburst mirror is made from bamboo and wicker.

Image: Justina Blakeney Home

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Layer natural, woven materials to add visual interest to your Mexican-inspired design. Image: Icons Corner

4. Set A Table Featuring Mexican-Style Cinco De Mayo Decor

A salsa bar is perfect for Cinco De Mayo.

Layer it with colorful textiles, cacti and small cards describing the flavors to make it memorable. Image: The Tomkat Studio

Mexican-style boho chic is all about color.

Layer plenty of bright patterns and colorful flowers on your table. Image: Nini Richi

For a festive Cinco de Mayo feeling, hang colorful and whimsical paper flowers or crafts like these over your table.

Image: Etsy

A visit to a party store can help you find fun objects to decorate your Mexican-inspired Cinco de Mayo table.

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Tropical Food Forest; Nursery Grows Perennial Vegetables + Rare Fruit Trees

John from visits Finca Dos Madres Permaculture Nursery and Farm outside San Jose, Costa Rica.

In this episode, John takes you on a short tour of this permaculture farm that is built on a sloped property.

You will learn about some of the over 200 species of plants and some of the over 100 different types of fruit trees as well as all of the 15 types of perennial leafy green vegetables that are easy to grow in tropical climates.

You will discover how this farmer is able to plant out a sloped property to create the garden of Eden on his sloped property outside San Jose, Costa Rica.

You will learn some of the many fruit trees that he makes available for locals.

You will learn about Breadfruit as a staple tree-crop that can create food resilience in communities.

You will learn about 15 different varieties of leafy green vegetables that can be easily grown in the tropics (or during the warm season) in even the hottest of temperate climates, such as Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Florida, etc.

Finally, John will sit down with Paul Zink and find out why he left a high paying job in New York City to move to Costa Rica and start a Permaculture Food forest and live his dream.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
02:30 Dwarf Banana
02:46 Edible Hibiscus
02:55 Calamondin
03:02 Jam Berry
03:10 Chaya Leafy green tree (eat cooked)
03:23 Silverberry
03:29 Yucca Plant
03:44 Sloped Property Planting on Slope
05:02 Eight Varieties of Turmeric
05:50 Fruit tree nursery
05:55 Katuk – One of My favorite greens
06:08 Breadfruit Tree – Staple Food
07:55 Investing in Seeds and Time to have a nursery
08:41 Most Valuable Tree at the Nursery Bely – Hibiscus Manihot
09:27 Interview with Paul Zink Starts
09:48 Why did you start a food forest and Sell Fruit Trees?
11:10 How many different fruit trees do you have on the property?
13:02 How many varieties of fruit trees and perennial vegetables do you have available for locals?
14:20 15 Perennial Leafy Greens for the tropics
14:50 Purple Hibiscus
15:00 Belay Manihot hibiscus
15:22 Chaya – eat cooked
15:50 Katuk from Borneo
16:08 Moringa
16:29 Gotu Kola
16:53 Okinawan Spinach – Gynura Crepoides
16:54 Sisso Spinach
16:56 Brazilian Spinach
16:59 Malabar Spinach
17:35 June Plum Shoots
17:49 Gynura Procumbens – Longevity Spinach
18:20 Eight Varieties of Turmeric
19:20 How can someone get ahold of you to purchase your greens and trees
20:27 Any words of wisdom for my viewers?

After watching this episode, you will learn about some of the most important leafy green perennial vegetables you can plant in the tropics that will allow you to grow your own salads year round and much, much more.

Referenced Episode:
Beyond Sustainable Permaculture Homestead on 1 Acre

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How to Make Easy Kimchi Fresh from the Garden Recipe

John from shares with you how you can easily make kimchi from ingredients from your home garden (or the grocery store).

In this episode, you will learn how to make a plant-based kimchi that is delicious.

In this episode, John will harvest his bolting napa cabbage leaves and show you how you can preserve them by fermenting them into a probiotic-rich kimchi that can store for months.

You will learn the simple steps and ingredients you need to make the most delicious kimchi ever.

Jump to the following part of this episode:
02:22 Episode Starts
04:20 Harvesting Bolting Napa Cabbage Leaves
05:07 Making Kim Chi Starts
11:37 My opinions on Salt
15:20 Mixing up Kimchi Salad Mixture
16:00 Salt is Not necessary
21:50 Fermenting under vacuum to prevent mold

After watching this episode, you will learn how you can make the most delicious 100% plant-based kimchi you have ever tasted!

Referenced Episodes:
The episode with Fermentation Expert Sandor Katz

How I use the food in my garden playlist

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The Top Five Garden Trends

Garden Trends 2018

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start thinking about how you can spend more time outdoors.

If you have a patio or a garden, giving it a little refresh is time and money well spent.

Make your outdoor living space more functional (and beautiful!) by incorporating the top garden trends of 2018.

1. Small gardens are at the top of 2018 garden trends2018 garden trends

As an intimate outdoor space, this small garden exemplifies the biggest 2018 garden trend. Image: Jarrett Yoshida Design

Whether you’re working with a small patio area, a side yard, or a large open space, it’s all about creating cozy, intimate spaces in 2018.

Got 150 square feet to work with?

Then make it the loveliest small garden ever! You can still have a seating area, a water or fire feature, and plenty of greenery in the form of potted plants.

If you have a large, open area, this is the year to consider breaking it up into smaller spaces.




Some ways you can do this is by:

Creating a sitting or dining area with fieldstoneAdding an arbor and vines, creating the illusion that you’re entering another worldCreating an outdoor dining spot under a trellisSetting up a spot with chairs and a firepit

The key is to enclose the space a bit with potted plants, hedges, trees or vines, creating intimate settings that flow from one to the other. Check out these ideas, for inspiration:

2018 garden trends

This larger garden utilizes walls, structures and varying landscape to create smaller, more intimate outdoor settings. Image: Abhiland Architects

A small patio features a dining space with a cedar privacy wall and modern landscaping, including boxwood in raised planters and stone. Image: Robert Hughes Garden Design

An outdoor terrace in San Francisco was converted into a small rooftop garden, featuring plants and citrus tress. Image: Siol Studios

2. Vertical gardens are hot right now

We’ve been telling you this for awhile now: the living wall, or vertical garden, is a beautiful way to add some life to a wall.

Here are a couple of ideas on how you can add one to your garden:

2018 garden trends

Limited on square footage?

Then go up!

Two large frames hold plants that grow vertically on the wall.

Image: Eco Walls

A wall of low-maintenance succulents in a wood frame adds a fresh, new look to this small garden.

Image: Bright Green Landscapes

3. Eco landscaping is one of the biggest garden trends of 2018

Color and texture are achieved using a variety of grasses and flowering herbs. Image: Coffman Studios

Low-water landscaping saves you time and money.

They require less maintenance and less watering.

They’re also quite stunning.

It’s all about geometry and architecture; for a striking effect, consider adding gravel, stone or rock among the eco-friendly plants like grasses and succulents.

4. Fire pits were last year, water features are this year

This water feature is designed to collect water and recirculate it.

The pots have small ledges where birds, or other wildlife, can perch to drink.


Image: Teserra Outdoors

We’re still a huge fan of fire pits: check out this roundup of fire pits and you’ll understand why.

But this year, the top landscapers and designers are opting for water features instead.

The water feature revival is likely due to the fact that nature-friendly, eco gardens are popular.

And providing water for birds and wildlife, while enjoying the soothing look and sounds of flowing water, make the garden water feature both beautiful and practical.


5. Garden to table

An outdoor garden, featuring tomatoes and vegetables.

Image: Fenton Roberts Garden Design









Our favorite of the 2018 garden trends has got to be the edible garden.

Regardless of what size your space is, you can probably manage room for a potted fruit tree, or a raised bed with veggies or lettuce, or even a small herb garden.

Want to take it to the next level? Add some chickens for fresh eggs! Just be sure to check you local zoning laws first. Here are some ideas:












If your garden is all concrete, or you have poor soil, you can add raised beds to grow your veggies and herbs.

Image: Aloe Designs

This garden gives new meaning to the term, “free range chickens!”

Image: Southern Living

2018 is all about enjoying your outdoor space.

Decide what works best for your lifestyle and needs and keep it simple and natural.

Here’s to outdoor living!

Have a great garden design tip of your own?

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