Gardening 101: Landscaping and Vegetable Gardening Don’t Need to Be Mutually Exclusive

Gardening 101: Landscaping and Vegetable Gardening Don’t Need to Be Mutually Exclusive
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    When renovating the exterior of your home, one of the things you will most likely think about is the landscaping that has been neglected for altogether too long.


After all, what good does it do you to fix broken shutters, gutters, fascias and put a few coats of fresh paint where needed if your lawn and garden have seen better days? If you have a vegetable garden going in the back that would interfere with your plans for landscaping, there are a few tips and tricks you could consider. Landscaping and vegetable gardening really don’t need to be mutually exclusive!

Keep Seasonal Plants in Mind

It seems like one of the things which many homeowners fail to consider is the fact that there are seasonal plants that do continue growing in cold winter months. Whether you are in a part of the country that sees several feet of annual snowfall or an area that just gets too cold to garden in the way you always have, there are some plants that will do well throughout the year.

There are some vegetables that do well in winter months just as there are varieties of grasses, foliage and plants that are loveliest in the winter. For example, kale is a cold weather crop and can be a source of leafy greens all through the year. When it comes to your lawn, rye grass stays green year round so add that to your grass seed mix and you’ll have edible and landscaping plants 12 months of the year!

Have You Considered a Greenhouse?

Some landscaping schemes don’t work well with a plot of land laid aside for vegetable gardens. Have you considered using a greenhouse instead of an open-air vegetable garden this year? There are lovely DIY kits you can assemble yourself and a wide assortment of greenhouse equipment that will enable you to actually keep fresh fruits and veggies on your table all through the year!

It’s all in the placement of your greenhouse that will make a difference when landscaping. By the very nature of a greenhouse, it doesn’t need to be in the center of your yard. Yes, you’ll want direct sunlight if possible so you won’t want it under a large shade tree, but you can easily tuck it away on a corner of your property and surround it with lush bushes so that the greenhouse is landscaped as well!

Open-air and Greenhouse Combined Growing

Sometimes you’ll be planning a small vegetable garden as part of your landscaping scheme. One of the things you may want to consider is using a greenhouse for your starts. If you are looking for plants that will be ready to go in the ground as soon as the danger of frost has passed, give them a head start in the greenhouse!

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Not only will you be able to start your squash, tomatoes, peppers, artichokes and any other kinds of edibles in the greenhouse but your landscaping plants can be started there as well! Some flowers are annual, so they will need to be planted each and every year. Why not have them ready to be transplanted into your outdoor garden as soon as it’s warm enough to ensure they will be safe from overnight frosts? You’ll have a lovely flower garden weeks before your neighbors and if it’s landscaping that has you going on renovating your exterior, what could be better than that?

It’s All in the Location and Design of the Greenhouse

Finally, as an added ‘tip,’ remember that you are using a greenhouse in an effort to clean up your grounds. You are most likely looking for a well-manicured lawn with flowers and foliage to go where your rows of veggies once stood. If you aren’t looking to have a greenhouse smack dab in the middle of your lawn which would ruin the effects you are shooting for, you can place it literally anywhere on your property that you choose as long as it will get the sunlight required for maximum light and heat. Some homeowners even put a greenhouse flush against their home as long as it is positioned in such a way as to get direct afternoon sun when it’s at its warmest.

Greenhouse gardening and landscaping don’t need to be mutually exclusive if you plan well. However, even though location is important, what is more important is in how you use your greenhouse. Remember to start decorative plants and foliage early enough to be ready for their intended seasonal use and if necessary, plan for running power to your greenhouse for those days when extra warmth is needed. Plan well and you’ll have the loveliest lawn on the block and the freshest veggies all year long.

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