There is a childlike pleasure involved in putting your hands deep in the earth, sowing seeds that will turn into something amazing. Gardeners understand the miracle of watering and waiting, watching something bloom as if by magic.
This summer why not try something new in the garden? Here are a few ideas to enchant, entice and inspire:
Because Bees Rock (and Mother Nature needs our help) plant something bees will love…
Planting a variety of plants that bees are attracted to will not only help the dwindling bee population, but will also help your garden’s yield. Consider the following : Blueberry, Willow, Foxglove, Blackberry, Lavender, Sunflower, Aster , Cornflower, Pumpkin.
Because a love of gardening starts early – plant something with kids that is fun for them to harvest.
Ground cherries are naturally individually wrapped in beautiful Chinese lantern type packages, that are super fun for kids to open, and easy for them to identify when ripe.
Because Beauty is reason enough – plant something so gorgeous, heads will spin.
Parrot Tulips are always a show stopper.
Because original dishes start with original produce… plant something you will be proud to put on your table like this Brocoli Romanesco.
This psychedelic – looking vegetable is closely related to Cauliflower but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. Mario Batali suggests sautéing it slowly with garlic and lemon zest and some red pepper flakes for zing.
Because early spring is the time to feed the hungry (and also dwindling) population of Monarch butterflies arriving from Mexico.
Try milkweed, chives, May Night salvia – bees hummingbirds love them too!