Trends come and go fairly quickly in the fashion and design worlds, but in gardening, they are a bit more slow and steady. A new idea will emerge, be tested with the plodding practicalities of the gardener and fail or thrive. It is as simple as that. If you crave for a consumerist society that is a bit less hectic, take up gardening. We welcome you.
Today I am going to introduce you to a few trends that have passed the test of many gardening hands and a few that are just starting to pick up speed. Test out a few yourself, but by all means, just grow something. Green up your space, whether it be a tiny cell of an apartment, a lovely little bungalow or standard suburban tract home. There IS a plant (or ten! twenty!) for you!
**Some supplies below have been provided to A Nest for All Seasons for review purposes.
1. Trash Pots
2. Hydroponics and Mason JarsYes, the two trends have met and we now have the hydroponic mason jar. Modern Sprout is a kickstarter business that makes adorable little jars like the one below, but also plug-in countertop hydroponic gardens -- See them RIGHT HERE<<<
3. Herb Salts, Sugars and Oils for CampersYes, you read that correctly, for campers. I am not a camper, but recently I have been reading up on camping techniques, particularly when it comes to plants and food. Why? Don't ask -- a pinterest rabbithole, you know? So anyway, camping food can be REALLY bland. Understandable, yes? Campers don't want to pack bottles of herbs and spices to season their food. Keep those packs light! Come eating time though, those campers crave a little flavor.
Well, chefs and mamas have been making herbed salts, sugars and oils for a long time, but now the campers are picking up on the benefits. Instead of tasteless dry parsley, they can now have that parsley IN their olive oil, nicely hydrated and the flavor infused through the oil. Simply chop up your favorite herbs from the garden and let them infuse your salts, sugars or oils with flavor for a few weeks. Simple, safe and flavorful.
4. Dish Gardens and Terrariums are still HOT HOT HOT
Small Terrarium available from Longfield Gardens
5. Baker's Twine Meets Garden TwineBaker's twine has been trendy for awhile now in craft circles and now it is getting THICKER. Now I am not going to be using this pretty, expensive twine for all my garden staking, but I WILL be using it where it is visible in the garden, you betcha!
6. Plant Stakes
7. MossMoss is both loved and hated in gardening circles. Actually, I would say it is fairly hated in gardening circles, but everyone else loves it. There is something romantic and Irish about little stands of moss, as if fairies had decided to make camp under the pin trees and grew moss colonies to live amongst. The gardener might see it as a weed encroaching upon her well planned perennial garden. I am firmly in the fairy camp on this one. I love moss and encourage it to grow wherever it may. In fact, I transplant moss to my dish gardens and sometimes in my garden garden. Here is my "sliding" technique.
Other trends in the garden world? Those hanging air plants, pallet gardens, cabbage as decorative plantings in fall - EH -- I am so over all of them. I will take my good old moss, peonies and antique roses, thank you very much! Have you noticed any garden trends picking up steam lately? I love a great new garden product that makes our work easier and our plants stronger!