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23 April 2014

7 Garden Trends to Get You Thinking SPRING!

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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

OK, so this isn't particularly a trend, but I think it should be.  
I've been planting my pots for YEARS this way, saving on potting soil and recycling my trash.,  LEARN HOW HERE.

2. Hydroponics and Mason Jars

Yes, 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<<<

Curious how it works?  They do a better job of explaining over at Modern Sprout,
 but very basically, the planter is self watering and sustains itself via timed pumps.  

Here is the larger planter system:

Follow along on instagram or just come back soon to the blog to see my organic basil hydroponic jar in action!  

3.  Herb Salts, Sugars and Oils for Campers

Yes, 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

Yes, they are actually hot.  Grow anything indoors, anytime with these fun little gardens. 
Some plants won't last long enough to fruit (hello tomatoes in winter!), but you WILL get some green.

5.  Baker's Twine Meets Garden Twine

Baker'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!

Another option?  This cool "twine" that costs a dollar a roll at your local Dollar Tree.  
It is actually clothesline, plastic and made to be outdoors.  Pretty cool, eh?

6.  Plant Stakes

Speaking of plant staking...
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Global Garden Friends has a variety of innovative planting products, my favorite of which are the trellis and clip systems.   From leaning, sad, light searching leaves to straight and orderly.  The process took 5 minutes, not 20 like it normally does because the stakes are attached to a simple round piece.  Stakes are also adjustable and can be raised as the plant grows.

...and the clips look like leaves and are almost able to be attached one handed.  SOLD.

7.  Moss

Moss 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!

 If you liked this post, then you might enjoy the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!

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check out the 'for DIY folks' page and click on any link to see that particular post!

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