I’m garden-challenged. I have no green thumb. Plants live in my house because they are lucky, not because I have any great skill in tending to them.
When we moved to our new house, it didn’t have ANY landscaping… no lawn or anything, just dirt. The first year we lived there, we got a lawn planted in the backyard and that was it before the snow came. The second year, we got the rest of the lawn done. The third summer, I was super pregnant with the twins, and then the twins came, and then summer was over.
So now, we’re starting year four, and I have no flower gardens, no vegetables growing, and I think it’s time to do something. I want to make it look nice. I wouldn’t mind a tomato or two. But it’s also northern Minnesota in July, which means, I’m about two months behind… and I have NO idea where to begin.
I need a garden tutor.
I can see flowers and plants and know that I like them, but I have no idea what their names are or how much money they cost, or if they’ll even grow where I want to plant them.
I did find a couple of interesting resources. I found two free downloads for landscape planning called Show Off and Smart Draw. I also found free landscape plans at Better Homes and Gardens. I am also very intrigued by Frugal Dad’s article about his square foot garden.
Despite all my frugal research, I am still intimidated by the possible upfront costs and the work involved. Maybe I should wait until next spring and do it right? Do you garden? Do you have any tips for a newbie? I sure could use the help!