Gardening in the Golden Years: Part 2

Tim Watt  |  August 12, 2011

Woman trimming plantsRecently, we shared tips about planning a garden's fundamental design, whether it's a community project or a private one. In Part 2, we'll move on to talking about how and where to cultivate your plants.

The Evansville Courier & Press suggests that variety is key - having an array of different buds can help ensure that the garden stays beautiful throughout the seasons and shows a nice array of flowers and shurbs. In fact, diversity is also important, because a garden with many types of flowers acts as a breeding ground for healthy bacteria and bugs, like earthworms, that will help the plants grow.

The publication recommends designing your garden like a "decorative display" and really make the space reflect your personality. Think about a few items that you can place in the foliage to give it a more personal feel, whether you choose a statue or an antique wheel.

Finally, you want to think about how you'll protect all of your hard work from pests like rabbits and deer. There are many different animal repellents, but some can give off an unpleasant odor or take a lot of work to re-apply. Do your research carefully and make sure to ask a clerk at the hardware store about the particular scent emitted by the product.

In Part 3 of this series, we’ll share final tips for making your garden shine!

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