Arrange and Decorate Your Garden in Style with These Tips

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As I’m writing this my in-laws are working diligently to get our family garden up and ready for the season. Every year my MIL changes the design and layout of her garden. It’s always unlike any other garden you may see anywhere else. I can’t wait until she is done with it and I can take pictures of the finished product and I can share them with you. Last year her garden was like a little haven. This year it is starting to look like a work of art.

Arranging Your Garden

I’ve always wondered about why she arranges her garden the way she does. Like there is a method to my madness when I do things, there’s a method to her gardening styles. She has started using buckets, cut in half barrels with swimming noodles, and the plastic containers (hint: We sell these in big batches), and she has stands set up for her lettuce too.

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Hints for the Most Growth

Strawberries

She uses the small totes we have and puts the strawberries in little cloth bags filled with fertilizer and potting soil. Then she places straw around the bags to keep them up. She stated, “It’s very important to NOT bury the crowns! If you bury the crowns you’ll kill the strawberries.”

She placed them in layers as you see in the picture for ease of access, but also so the planters have plenty of room to grow downward. She has thriving delicious strawberries every year so I am not going to argue with her logic.

Sweet Potatoes and Cucumbers

She has taken plastic barrels and cut them in half and then covered the edges with swimming noodles to keep the plants from getting cut. She put them high up on plastic pallets so that they have plenty of room to grown downward. Here I thought she was just adding a mixture to the look layout and putting them up high enough that she wouldn’t have to bend over as much. Little did I know, that she was giving her plants plenty of room to grow and access to the sun more.

Bell Peppers and Tomatoes

She’s trying out a new concept this year. We’re using buckets with holes in them and having the roots buried at the bottom of them. She then places all of the buckets inside a pool filled with water. This way she doesn’t have to water her plants as often and the plant should still receive plenty of nourishment.

Lettuce

The trick to lettuce is to have it up closer to the sun. She put them in planters and still has to put straw around the base of the plant to ensure the lettuce stays off the dirt. Plus it keeps insects from destroying the lettuce too. If lettuce touches dirt it starts to rot faster.

Hint: If you plant marigold plants into your garden you will have your insects go to it versus destroying your garden.

Decorating Your Garden

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Crystal

I'm Crystal. I'm married to Dale, and mother to Johnny. Some might say that my life is perfect because I get to do all the cliché wife things like cooking, cleaning, and decorating - but there's more! I also have many hobbies including needlework (crochet), sewing, and reading. My son's education is important, so we homeschool him together.

23 comments on “Arrange and Decorate Your Garden in Style with These Tips”

  1. I am in awe! I can’t garden to save my life LOL so I envy anyone that can! Love all of these ideas … Pinning for my gardening friends 🙂

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    • Thank you. I’m sure they will enjoy them. I can’t garden worth a dime either, but I love watching my MIL work her magic.

  2. I wish I was able to garden! I love fresh fruit but with how much we travel it is impossible to be able to have a proper tendered garden. I had not heard of using pool noodles like that what a great idea!

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  3. I do not have a green thumb whatsoever and that’s sad since my grandma loved planting and owned a farm. I would love to do better in the garden area especially when it comes to veggies. I probably will kill the flowers lol

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    • I also do not possess a green thumb either. I love to admire my in-laws garden though. I guess that’s why I admire this so much.

  4. These are all such great ideas. We are always trying to think of new ways to improve our gardening and these are some great ideas. I never knew that lettuce would be better facing the sun…and this might also help with keeping the lettuce away from the animals who love to eat it, either.

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    • Glad this post could help you improve your garden in some way. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  5. I just started my garden last weekend and boy was it way more work than I expected! I am glad it’s done now though. I love the idea of using a fence post to hold pots vertically, that’s a great way to get full sun in a smaller space. I will have to try that for some herbs, that’s the only thing I haven’t planted yet.

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    • I’m glad that we could give you some ideas of how to improve your garden. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  6. I am busy getting my garden planted and the work on the farm is busy. Our greenhouses are currently full of seedlings to be planted. We don’t do any container gardening but it sounds like your MIL has fun with it. I just love a chance to get outside in the dirt.

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    • Playing in the dirt is always fun. I use to enjoy playing in the garden with my stepfather when I was a little girl.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  7. Your MIL knows her stuff Crystal, I wish I can steal her for a weekend so that she can help me set up a garden in my new home. I live in the concrete jungle and I keep saying that I will plant a garden when I finally mine in, however from the looks of this gardening requires a lot of skills. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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  8. Your MIL knows her stuff Crystal, I wish I can steal her for a weekend so that she can help me set up a garden in my new home. I live in the concrete jungle and I keep saying that I will plant a garden when I finally mine in, however from the looks of this gardening requires a lot of skills. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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  9. What an amazing garden set up. I am truly in awe at how creative and ingenuitive her placement is. Her garden looks like it is thriving, I tried to garden once and I failed miserably at it. But looking at how she has set everything up and why, makes sense. Thanks for this post, I love it! It has inspired me to start a tiny garden with some of her tricks and see how it goes.

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  10. Oh my goodness… are these ever clever ideas! I just adore the strawberry tower and the lettuce “post”. So awesome!

    Pinning this to my Deliberate GARDENING board.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely week.
    xoxo

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