I got into gardening last year. My main interest is growing vegetables and herbs in containers. I've also got into making my own compost, and growing the vegetables/herbs in that! (It saves money and gives far better results.)
The biggest kick I get is during the summer when I can pick tomatoes and salad leaves (rocket, lettuce, and baby spinach/chard) from my own back garden, and produce a healthy, tasty lunch from them with the addition of a couple of slices of ham, tuna, eggs, olives or whatever.
Pic above (taken two minutes ago) shows Welsh onion, mixed lettuce leaves, mizuna, chives, mint, oregano and thyme, with some chard just seen in the background.
Thanks! Talking of insect species, I did take a similar pic last year that included loads of painted lady butterflies, all of which seemed to love the blooms on my chives.
From my own personal experience, I would say jump right in and get gardening assuming you've got a space to garden in, however small - it's highly rewarding. Our back garden is tiny and I've been amazed by what I've managed to cram in. It helps if you have an idea of what you want to achieve - my own self-imposed "brief" was "utilitarian yet nice to look at, too".
This year I'm also putting veggies in tubs in our front garden as well - it gets more sun and fewer slugs, so courgettes and beans should do better there.
For the past few years, my husband has found it very stylish to have paving slabs and giant bamboo plants in enormous concrete tubs. Of course, we have to spend very little time gardening, but I wonder if it can really be called a garden at all ... But I could try out your idea; put the pots and containers etc. in a secluded corner where he won't see them for a while. It would be great to serve a salad or cook vegetables I've grown myself.
well, sorry its not exactly about native stuff, but we have had a horrid invasion of Japanese Beetles and I really want to get rid of them. Sevin dust seems to work ok, but that stuff is so nasty!!! Is there something else I can try?
I have some aphids on my fresh rose buds. Nothing alarming, just natural. I'm fighting them with physical means, no chemistry yet! I hope it'll be ok. Maybe I'll buy some lady bugs (google translation for mariquita) to eat them all so my roses will bloom at ease. Today I just cut some branches of lilac and wisteria. I swear to you, the house is smelling like spring. And it's so good !
why? we have more then ever here, nearly an epedimic? I mean, I have all winter long hundreds of lady bugs in my light fixtures... in the fall there are litteraly clouds of them flying around. Been that way for about five years now.
Thats wierd. Our bees are dieing. Some say it might be all becuase of cell phones.
hmmm... I will have to research and come back. It was in the news a few years back. Something about bees arent finding thier way home due to als the sound interference with cell phones and the towers, wich around here are typically in large fields... Also some people thought it was due to an increase in bee mites. Whatever the reason, bees ARE dieing and you can see the result in the high price of produce.
Wow! what a beautiful garden! Guess you don't have to have the typical plot of ground to grow a beautiful garden. I don't have and ground to plant in, but I do have a deck. Maybe I'll give this a try. Thank you for the nice hub! Very inspiring!
Its my cousin - he thinks cos he's rolling with a gang and cos he's smoking blunt now that he can do whatever the hell he likes, like pop into my crib anytime he likes and steal my damn stuff! First it was my phones....