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Bring Contrast Into Your Garden Design

Growing an organic garden can be an important addition to your life. You need to do all of your research, so that you don’t waste money on tools that you don’t know how to use or even cause your plants to die. There are some tips listed below to help you begin.

Have your soil analyzed by a laboratory for a small fee so that you know which nutrients you need to add. Many college agricultural departments or cooperative extensions will provide this service for just a few dollars. Once you have the report, head to a farm supply company and buy what you need.

If you want to grow roses, you should look into the different species. If you are a beginner, select a kind of rose that does not require a lot of maintenance. You can also get into competitions with extremely delicate roses. Make sure you choose roses that are adapted to your skills and experience.

If you need the extra ammunition to rage war on weeds, consider planting your plants closer together even if it means planting them closer than what is recommended. Dense plantings will ensure that no seeds from unwanted weeds will sprout and grow in your beautiful landscape design. If weeds begin to sprout near the edge of the foliage, consider adding heavy mulch to drown out the pesky weeds.

Try using latex or plastic gloves instead of cloth gardening gloves. Cloth gardening gloves do not block moisture well – a problem when working with moist soil, and they often get stiff, crinkly, and uncomfortable after a few uses. A sturdy pair of plastic or latex gloves, like those used for cleaning, are a much better choice. They protect against moisture, and cleaning is as simple as rinsing them off under a hose and hanging to dry.

One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of a garden is to learn how to can. Water bath canning is an effective way to store fresh vegetables for a very long time and is not that difficult to learn how to do. It involves submersing jars of the gardens home grown goodies into a bath of barely boiling water. This will preserve the vegetables for up to a year or more.

To make nutrient fertilizer from stuff you have around the house, look at what you have for breakfast. Both old coffee grounds and tea bags make an excellent fertilizer, especially when it comes to plants that love acid. Eggshells add alkaline to your soil, and bananas are the best source of the potassium that roses thrive on.

Use companion plants. Companion planting is the pairing of plants within your vegetable garden, such as planting cabbage with tomatoes. Companion planting helps reduce the problems with insect pests, as it attracts natural pest-controlling wildlife. Companion planting is also a better use of the space in your garden, since you basically have two plants in the same plot.

Create living walls in your garden. A living wall can take many forms: it can be as tall or low as you want, informal or formal, a single plant or created out of multiple plants. A wall of forsythia, lilac or roses offers eye-level blossoms and fragrance. Some people like the look of a formal, clipped hedge of privet or boxwood. Many flowering shrubs can be adapted to form a hedge, such as hebe, abelia or diosma. For existing structures, such as a fence or trellis, a vine such as clematis or morning glory can cover it in a season, offering a vivid display of vertical color.

When planting rose bushes, the location is essential. You need to choose a location that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Roses need at least 6 hours of sunlight, in order to grow as large as they possibly can. It is important to find the perfect spot before planting them in your yard.

A great tip when starting your own organic garden is to always space your seeds in the mix as evenly as you can. If you do this, it will ensure that every single one of your seeds has an equal amount of room to grow in the most optimum way.

A rule of thumb for when you are planting seeds in containers is to make the hole depth around three times larger than the seed itself. Be aware that some seeds shouldn’t be covered, as they need sunlight. These seeds include petunias and ageratum. If you’re not sure, a guide either comes with seeds, or you can find this information online.

Growing an organic garden can be very rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work. Regardless, if you know what to do and how to grow smarter, you can get the organic garden you want. So do yourself a favor and apply the above tips to growing your organic garden.

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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