How does your garden grow?

Home Depot helps us green any space!

As temperatures begin to rise, it’s time for Canadians to uncover their green thumbs and get growing.  Yet, more than one-third (37%) of Canadians who don’t garden say it is because they lack a backyard or proper outdoor space.  The good news is that with a little inspiration, know-how and the right tools, they’ll have everything they need to get into the gardening groove.  Here’s a little help!

Garden Project #1 – The Raised Garden Bed

Living space:
Residence with small yard

How to achieve it:
Small wood or stone structures that keep a vegetable or flower garden intact are very popular for spring 2010.  A raised-garden kit can make this a  simple look to get – and can be assembled in just minutes.  Get started with the 4ft x 4ft Raised Wooden Garden Bed made from FSC certified Chinese Fir.  For the DIY gardener, assemble is easy! Not sure what to grow?  Vegetables, herbs or flowers – take your pick.  Cedar is resistant to insects and rot making this garden bed a great choice for any type of growing.  

Garden Project #2 – The Portable Garden

Living space: Apartment / Condominium with balcony

How to achieve it: Who says a yard is a gardening essential?  Pick up a stylish planter or two  to grow a variety of potted plants on the balcony.  Just be sure to use a lightweight and slightly porous potting mix so nutrients can easily reach the roots, and make feeding easy.  Lastly, select plants that are low maintenance and thrive under most conditions.

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Garden Project #3
– The Go Anywhere Vegetable Planter

Living space:
Apartment / Condominium with balcony

Get a little more adventurous!  Growing vegetables on the balcony isn’t as difficult as one might think.  Try hanging planters like the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini and herbs upside down.  This simple, yet innovative planter works with gravity to pull water and nutrients down from the root to the vegetables.  If you are a little less adventurous, use a trellis to grow plants upwards and maximize your growing space. This way you can grow fresh summer produce, rain or shine – even without a backyard garden!

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Garden Project #4 – The Herb Garden

Living space:
House / apartment with no outdoor area

No grass? No balcony? No problem! With just a few containers like Fiskars' Eco Options approved planting pots and potting soil, it’s easy to grow delicious herbs from spring until frost. These planting pots are derived from by-products of renewable and sustainable crops.  And since herbs are suited to grow in containers, it’s easy to grow all types indoors.  Basil, thyme and parsley are especially easy to grow.

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