Whether you create them in containers, flower beds, or at the base of a tree, fairy gardens make whimsical additions to your outdoor space. And they're so easy and fun, the whole family can get in on the magic. Once you've completed the DIY project, try some of our other landscaping ideas for spring.
“Growing vegetables is a fun introduction to gardening,” says Sullivan. They don’t take as long to grow, so if you make a mistake you won’t have wasted months and months of your time. Sunflowers are also a good option, since they grow quickly and tall, or try easy-to-grow ferns—both of these can be grown all across the United States.
Working the soil is essential to preparing new beds for sowing or planting because it allows roots to penetrate the soil more easily to access water and nutrients. There are two methods: tilling and digging.
Place plants single file in rows at least 18 inches apart so you can walk easily between them. This approach makes the most sense for large vegetable gardens because rows make it easier to use mechanical equipment, such as tillers, to battle unwanted plants. The downside is that space set aside for footpaths cuts down on the number of vegetables you can plant.
If you are not a fan of watering then Eschscholzia make easy to grow plants for your garden. These colourful little annuals thrive in poor, dry soil and full sun so they are perfect for filling forgotten corners of the garden. Just scatter them where you want them to flower and let them take care of themselves. Each year they will set seed which will grow the following summer, creating effortless drifts of colour.
A few black-eyed susans will add a vast amount of color to any garden. They provide bright yellow and orange blossoms and also make for great cut flowers.
This celosia can grow from 2 to 4 feet and comes in red, pink, or purple. The feathery blooms makes for a great cut flower arrangement, either fresh or dried. Avoid cold soil and shade for maximum wow factor.