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City Dweller? You Can Still Grow A Garden!

Contrary to popular belief, growing an organic garden doesn’t mean you’re one step away from joining a commune or living off the land. It just means you want healthier food, bereft of the harsh chemicals that are used by mass-producing farms. Here are some tips to ensure that your garden will always grow.

Finished compost can be soaked in water to create a potent brew for various gardening needs! This compost tea becomes a high-protein solution, rich in necessary nutrients you can use for foliar feedings, your backyard garden or even the plants that you keep indoors. Just another advantage of compost you can put to good use!

Be sure to weed your garden. If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. You might want to think about using white vinegar to do this. White vinegar is natural, very inexpensive, and can really kill the weeds! So, if weed pulling is tiring you out, spray a white vinegar solution all over them.

If you want a patch of green in your garden, consider planting a ground cover instead of a lawn. Lawns require a lot of water and maintenance. On the other hand, a ground cover usually uses less water, and certain varieties discourage weeds from growing. Many varieties of ground cover have the green color comparable to a lawn. You can save time and money with a ground cover.

When planting your vegetable garden you must keep in mind that some plants do not grow well together while others do. Remember that some plants cannot be planted next to each other, so you must avoid certain combinations. For example, broccoli cannot be planted next to tomato, and so on.

To avoid injuring yourself while gardening, be sure to do some warm-up stretches before starting your project. Most people may not think of gardening as exercise, but injuries like pulled muscles frequently occur in the garden. You should also be sure to move around and not stay in one position for a long period of time.

Pay attention to zones when choosing plants for your garden. Most plants will come with the zone marked. This is also true of seeds. Make sure the zone corresponds to your growing zone. Though plants may grow outside of their usual zone, they are less likely to be hardy plants.

New gardeners should keep things simple. The tendency of new gardeners is to plant a garden that is just way too big and end up with a giant mess in the backyard. Keep it simple and small to start, and work up from there. A small garden will lead to a more positive experience and is less work for a new gardener.

Gardening doesn’t have to stop in the spring. Planting in the fall can help you have a beautifully vibrant garden once the winter snows melt away. Some plants that do well being planted in the fall include chrysanthemums, kales, and asters. Another benefit of planting in the fall is that bulbs need less fertilizer and watering, saving you some additional costs.

To make sure you’re getting a level edge when pruning your bushes, use a piece of rope or a line. Simply fasten the rope to two pieces at the approximate height you’d like the bush to be at. Seeing the bush along this straight line will make it easy to see if it’s level at a glance.

To make sure you don’t harm your plants when you water them, only use water at a lukewarm temperature. Cold water can shock your plants, making it more difficult to absorb the water properly. Try filling your watering can before you go to bed at night so that it’ll be the perfect temperature when you’re ready to water your plants in the morning.

You should place human hair in netting around your garden to deter animals from eating your growing produce. The scent of humans can deter animals from coming near an area. When you get a hair cut place the cut hair into satchels made from netting. Hang the netting around your garden to ward off pests.

It is important to drink water when gardening. You will be out in the sun and it is very easy to get dehydrated very quickly. You can easily take a water bottle out to your garden with you so that you have the water on hand to sip on throughout the day.

It’s crucial for you to protect knees when doing gardening work. Bending from a standing position for excessive amounts of time can be difficult for many people. You can get to your plants without straining your back if you kneel in your working area. You can use knee pads to kneel without the pain.

Yes, there is a stigma that comes with the word “organic,” but that’s because most people fail to realize that the word organic, basically means natural. In fact, growing organic is as natural as you can possibly get. So make sure to use these gardening tips when you’re ready to grow organic food.

Shopper’s Diary: Sarah Winward’s Floral Design Studio in Salt Lake City

Many of this country’s most celebrated entrepreneurs begin their journey within the humble four walls of the family garage. Rock bands, media companies, and tech companies have channeled creativity among dirty work benches and half-empty oil cans. 

Not all garage studios look like that. Salt Lake City-based floral designer Sarah Winward moved her floral design studio, Honey of a Thousand Flowers, to a garage in downtown Salt Lake City recently. No abandoned cardboard boxes or rusty paint cans here, though. Let’s visit:

Photography by Britt Chudleigh.

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Above: The open studio door.

Before becoming a floral designer, Sarah was a student studying the Middle East who answered phones and swept floors in flower shops. Then, after helping some friends design their wedding flowers, Sarah was hooked. She began arranging flowers from her yard and wherever she could find them. Sarah explains, “Soon friends of friends were asking for me to do flowers for their weddings, so I made a blog where I posted photos, and then I made a website. And suddenly I started taking clients. It all felt so fast and fluid.” 

sarah winward's floral studio in salt lake city | gardenista  Above: Inside her studio, a table and chairs on a rug create a multi-purpose space for client meetings and evening dinners.

After Sarah decided to move her business into a garage, she spruced up the space with fresh paint and new lights. With her husband, Sarah built wooden tables and cabinets. Outside the studio, Sarah planted a cutting garden she harvests for bouquets. 
Aside from these improvements, Sarah kept the garage mostly as she found it: “Working with flowers is messy, and I find it’s best for me to just have open space to spread out in; it’s pretty utilitarian.”

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Above: Sarah’s cutting garden, where she grows zinnia, Lamb’s-ear, and heuchera to use in arrangements.

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Above: Indoors, the studio has shelves of props.

Props are an essential part of the business. Some come from wholesale floral suppliers, but many are vintage and were collected one piece at a time. “I am a hoarder by nature, so I feel that my job is the best and the worst thing for me,” she says. “I get my fix by buying new vases and displaying them on my shelves.”

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Above: More props, organized by material.

Some of Sarah’s vintage pieces came from thrift stores or eBay; others were collected on travels in the US, Morocco, and India.

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Above: Sarah at work, designing.

Sarah is inspired by the natural world when she designs an arrangement: “I love the way flowers look out in the gardens and on the mountainside, and I like to try and let the flowers feel natural when arranged.” 

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Above: An arrangement of pear tree foliage, maidenhair fern, Pee Gee hydrangea, echinacea or (white coneflower), and bunny grass.

Color is an integral part of the design process for Sarah: “I usually start with one flower and build a palette around it.” Sarah’s not a fan of too much contrast in her arrangements, so she works to blend colors together by finding the right shades to create color bridges.

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Above: Sarah at work in the studio.

The overall floral aesthetic for each wedding that Sarah works on is created by thinking about the couple, the season, and the location for their wedding.

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Above: Sarah opens the studio to the street.

The studio sits on the edge of Salt Lake City’s downtown across from Pioneer Park, which holds the biggest Salt Lake City farmers’ market. During the summer when there are concerts in the park, Sarah opens the front garage door and hosts barbecues with friends. 

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Above: What does Sarah love most about the studio? “It’s a great space that can transform from a workspace to a nice space where I can host a dinner or a workshop,” she says.

Sarah even has hosted an actual wedding in the space: “I love that is a space where my friends, family, and associates can come and we all feel welcome and comfortable.”

For more of Sarah’s floral designs or to set up a consultation, see Honey of a Thousand Flowers.

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