6 Gardening Methods to Try in 2015

| 1/30/2015 10:04:00 AM

Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer garden. Time is on your side as there are plenty of weeks until the spring’s last frost. If you need some suggestions for gardening solutions, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at six gardening methods that can mix up your old ways and provide a welcoming new air to your garden this planting season.

1. No-Till Gardening

no-till gardening

Instead of turning over the soil this season to prepare for new growth, consider a no-till garden. This type of garden leaves the earth beneath the surface untouched, so the microorganisms aren’t disturbed. This allows the natural process to take place without the interference of tilling. Adding compounds such as compost, manure, lime or peat as needed will strengthen a no-till garden.

No-till gardens provide the following benefits:

• Reduces the need to weed
• Promotes natural drainage and aeration
• Conserves water
• Strengthens earthworm population
• Helps soil maintain carbon

2. Straw Bale Gardening

strawbale gardening

2/22/2015 11:02:17 PM

One thing worth mentioning is the combination of container gardening and vertical gardening. I just started using a system called the Foody vertical garden, which is a vertical container garden. We'll see how it goes!

2/6/2015 6:41:22 PM

I have very gravelly land which has lain fallow for 2 years. I want to start gardening again and wonder with the no till garden, would you consider using ash and charcoal from wood burning stove, along with plenty of compost?? Thanks for your advice. Sue

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