Despite the limited gardening space I have right now, I am on a quest to find more areas for plants. There is one wall opposite the shelf my hubby built that is bare and we’ve talked about putting a vertical garden on that wall. Today I want to discuss cheap vertical gardening ideas.
If you’ve checked out my recent video, you know how small my urban garden is. There is the shelf my hubby built against one wall of our balcony, the two by four he put up so I can use my dollar store shelf pots, and the plants on the ground. The wall opposite the shelf has still been unused, which hubby and I have talked about putting a vertical garden there.
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When I think of gardens, I can picture the lush English gardens from those period movies such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. I didn’t even know small space gardening was a thing until I got into it. I am still learning the ins and outs of urban gardening but thought I would give you some ideas on plants for container gardening.
Ever since I got serious about gardening, I pretty much have been buying small plants I think are pretty, get a small container and hope to not kill the plant. Right now my garden consists of succulents, some tropical plants, then a small variety of small flowering plants that look like they would grow well in containers.
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I was lucky enough to go on two family trips to Hawaii when I was younger. I still remember getting off the airplane to be greeted by a Hawaiian woman who put a beautiful lei of plumeria flowers around my neck, as well as all those plastic plumeria flower souvenirs in many of the souvenir shops all over the islands. I now enjoy my own plumerias in my backyard and would love to share my plumeria care tips with you. Keep on reading!
I’ve gotten several compliments about how great my photos are here on my gardening blog. I appreciate the comments but many of the photos are not my own, but from commercial free sites like Pixabay. I’m wanting to learn to take more and better flower and garden photos and thought I would share my thoughts on how to achieve this.
As a side note, all the pictures on this particular blog are from me and my husband.
A Diverse and Hardy Plant
I love the diversity and beauty of hardy desert plants that are available to gardeners in California. One of these plants that keep showing up in my little garden are kalanchoes. Since I have several of these in varying stages of growth, I thought I would write a blog about how to care for kalanchoe plants.
I’ve seen several variations of these plants. I will be focusing on the types of kalanchoes with pretty little flowers, some that look like tiny roses. During my research I’ve discovered there are many types of kalanchoes.
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How to Attract Hummingbirds
When I had a larger porch, I had several bird feeders to attract hummingbirds and other birds. I could buy feeders now, but accidentally and delightfully discovered that some of my plants attract hummingbirds. I even took a gardening class on how to attract hummingbirds by selecting specific plants they like to feed on.
Since I’m all about saving money, I have added some plants to my garden to attract these beautiful birds to my balcony. I love the fact that I can bring in hummingbirds and other wildlife just by the plants I choose to grow. Keep on reading!
Lavender-More Than Just a Great Aroma
I absolutely love the smell of lavender. I love lavender even more because of the many benefits it has as a medicine. Lavender medicinal uses have been around for centuries.
I had the opportunity to go to a lavender festival with my husband this weekend. I learned many new things about lavender that had little to do with its pleasant smell. I would like to share with you what I discovered about the medicinal uses of lavender. Keep on reading!
Finding the Perfect Garden Container at a Low Price
If you are like me, you are always looking around for great deals for your garden containers. There are many beautifully decorated pots and containers out there for gardens, but since I’m on a budget, I’m always on the look out for great cheap garden containers. These may be on sale, made of cheap but quality products, a cheap hidden gem, homemade or even free.
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When I began my small gardening hobby, I didn’t think that I would collect plants as fast as I did or even considered running out of space. Both happened in a small amount of time. As I continued to feed my new addiction, I looked into vertical gardening for a time, but since the outside walls don’t seem to support much, I gave up on the idea. Soon after I started researching gardening shelves and other ways to save space while enjoying my garden. Keep on reading!
Several months ago I found some odd occurrences happening in my garden. Several of my pots had what looked like holes in the dirt. There was also evidence of what looked like an animal had dug through some of my plants. My new lavender was also flattened, as if something had fallen in it.
I live in an area surrounded by trees, so I figured all of this was caused by falling branches or small animals. It shouldn’t have surprised me when I heard some noises outside and saw a squirrel laying on one of my planters. Keep on reading!