Gardening in the wilting economy

March 24, 2009 6:23:31 AM PDT
If the "wilting" economy will have you planting fewer flowers this year, consider adding something edible to your garden.

Outside Laurel Hill Gardens there are vegetables planted below the forsythias. Inside, pansies are paired with red sails lettuce and primrose with rosemary. Almost any herb or veggie you can think of can be grown in a pot, with, or without your flowers.

"You don't want to use soil right out of the ground you want to use lighter potting soil," said Susan Dannenberg of Laurel Hill Gardens.

The veggies don't need fertilizer, but the flowers need food to encourage blooms. For proper drainage put a few holes in the bottom of you container.

"So the roots don't rot so they don't sit in too much water."

And read the tag it has important information about your vegetable.

"It's telling you that in 55 days it'll be ready to eat."

As far as tools all you really need are your fingers and a trough.

Seeds & seedlings are a lot cheaper than the veggies at your local market learn how to plant them at Laurel Hills' Sunday workshops adults learn the basics, like how to read a seed packet and kids start with a dixie cup.

The workshops are free every Sunday through April 26th 11:00 am for adults and Noon for children.

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http://www.laurelhillgardens.com

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