Comments (106)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
annnw3

I've been in my newly built home 2 years exactly. As someone who has never had a garden before, what I learned in the last 2 years is:

  1. I use the garden differently than I thought I would and therefore my original vision is no longer what I want or need. Luckily I hadn't implemented the original vision much further than planting a few shrubs and cutting out beautiful pictures from magazines!

  2. Weeding and digging is backbreaking work and I can't do it alone.

  3. If you are not sure what something is, leave it alone for a while to see what happens. Birds and wildlife drop seeds that can turn into gorgeous (free) plants and wildflowers, but because I moved across the country to an area with unfamiliar flora, I was pulling up plants that I thought were weeds and leaving weeds that I thought were plants!

  4. Admitting I need a professional to help me has been a huge relief. We're about to embark on vision #2 and this time I'm confident it will progress further than cutting out pretty pictures from magazines.

6 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kosteri
Islav2012: I've had many different flower gardens over the years and my favorite by far have been my shade gardens. I don't tolerate heat well so gardening in the shade is perfect for me. I also love many of the shade-loving plants. Just head over to your closest garden center and ask the staff for help. They'll lead you to the shade-loving section. Happy gardening!
4 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jhardingg

Lead Free America Foundation (mentioned in article) allegedly dissolved a few years ago; check out comments about the foundation from Charity Navigator. Would like to find a similar organization but one that's in compliance with nonprofit laws. Thanks.

1 Like    

Related Stories

Gardening 101 8 Surefire Vegetables and Herbs for Beginning Urban Gardeners
Learn the edible plants that are popular and easy to grow in a backyard or container garden
Full Story
Trees Why, When and How to Plant a Tree
Trees add beauty while benefiting the environment. Learn the right way to plant one in your outdoor space
Full Story
Edible Gardens Remake Your Backyard Into a Mini Farm
You can get a taste of country life by line-drying your laundry, growing some produce or going whole hog with the critters
Full Story
Most Popular Natural Ways to Get Rid of Weeds in Your Garden
Use these techniques to help prevent the spread of weeds and to learn about your soil
Full Story
Area Rugs Up to 80% Off Rugs in Cool Hues
By Houzz
Calming colors to bring balance to your space
See Products
Your First House Seeds or Seedlings? How to Get Your Garden Started
Growing delicious herbs and vegetables starts with knowing your goals and when you want to plant
Full Story
Most Popular How to Plan Your Edible Garden
Plan before you plant to ensure that your fruits and vegetables have a chance to thrive
Full Story
Most Popular Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
When winter departs, it’s time to check for damage and prepare for hot weather ahead
Full Story