Dream Big, Plant Small
You don’t have to plant your entire yard and garden all at once. Concentrate your efforts (and dollars!) in an area where you enjoy sitting. When that section is completed, move on to the next. Or start by filling a prominent windowbox that you can enjoy from inside or outside the house.
Beneficial insects are nature’s pest control. When left undisturbed and allowed to complete their natural life cycles, they’ll often take care of pest infestations and control their populations. Lady beetles, for instance, are beneficial predators that consume abundant numbers of soft-bodied aphids, scale insects, and insect eggs.
The Wonders of Mulch
Such a simple solution -- a layer of mulch in the garden is one of the most efficient ways to preserve moisture, suppress weed growth, and maintain a uniform soil temperature. Spread 2–3 inches of shredded bark, seed hulls, or grass clippings. If it’s a bed you’re not digging up repeatedly (such as a shrub bed), you can peg a layer of landscape fabric in place before you top with mulch.
What a thrill it is to pick out an inexpensive package of seeds, sow them in the warm spring earth, and watch them emerge. Start flowers, herbs, and vegetables. In our area, sow them directly into the ground in early spring.
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