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                                      The Birth of a Small Container Flower Garden
                                                     By Kathy Burns-Millyard



    The Birth of a Small Container Flower Garden by Kathy Burns-Millyard


The Birth of a Small Container Flower Garden

This is the first in a series of essays on how I am converting a small (12' x 16') yard in Cody, Wyoming
(USA) from a barren wasteland of pea gravel and total shade to a useful summer room that is a delight
to the senses. I am doing this from April to October, with a budget of about $100 (US) per month.
Please come along with me on this journey. I expect it to be fun, educational, frustrating and I'll love
your company.

When you think of Wyoming, you probably picture vast forests, beautiful meadows, big game and Old
Faithful. All that is here, but it's not in Cody. Situated at the eastern gate to Yellowstone National Park,
Cody was founded in 1900 by Buffalo Bill Cody. His Irma Hotel (two blocks from my house) is still in
operation.

Cody is in USDA Zone 4 and gets about 13" of rain per year. I am writing this on April 15 and so far
we've had about 2.5" of moisture. We are in a "rain shadow" created by the mountains in Yellowstone.
Moisture coming in from the west rises up to the Continental Divide and drops right there. I can see this
in action when I stand in my kitchen window and watch the huge clouds evaporate as they sail in from
the west.

We moved into this rental house in January. The yard looked like any yard in January - brown and
bare. But I looked at all that pea gravel and no sign of grass and the row of shaggy unkempt elm trees
and knew what I was facing. So I began to plan.

Of course the first stop is always the gardening books and magazines that are full of dreamy
photographs of gardens in places where it (a) rains and (b) the owner invests the price of a college
education in their landscaping. Sigh. But if the folks on that TV show that takes design inspiration from
rooms done in the highest style and reinterprets them with items from yard sales and import stores
could make a polyester satin purse out of a vinyl pig's ear, I could too!

So here is the basic plan, and what I have achieved to date.

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The yard is out the kitchen door, with a lovely view of the driveway and the street. The neighbors have
an enchanting vista out their living room window. My husband and I will use the space for cooking,
eating and relaxing. The house shades the yard from the east, the row of elms and the neighbor's
house shades it from the west. The southern exposure on the street side gives about 3 hours of sun on
the very edge of the yard, and the northern exposure is a nice view of the sky and the row of
unidentified shrubs along the fence.

I'm doing the garden entirely in container pots. Pots on the ground, pots on other pots, pots hanging
from the trees, pots on the roof of the cellar entrance. This way I can control the soil quality and keep
the water ON the plants instead of soaking into the thirsty ground. This also will let me rotate plants as
they come into bloom or fade, and most importantly, lets me move plants from one spot to another if
my original idea didn't work.

So far I have bleeding hearts, hostas, lilies of the valley, grape hyacinth and another bulb I can't
remember. There's one pot of yellow tulips salvaged from an end-of-season sale that's doing
remarkably well. Finally, there are three large pots of bush peas. Soon to come are some ferns and
tuberous begonias. There's no furniture, but we have two cast iron hibachis, so we can cook and eat
like John Coulter did when he came through here in the early 19th century - meat roasted over the fire
and butt firmly on the ground.

Who was John Coulter, you ask? He was no gardener. He was the young man who left the Lewis &
Clark Corps of Discovery before they got back to St. Louis and walked back to the Rocky Mountains to
discover Yellowstone, via what was to become Cody, WY.

Written by Mary-Denise Smith. © 2004 Electronic Perceptions

This article is provided courtesy of The Garden Source Network - http://www.garden-source.com - a
large gardening network devoted to helping you find all the gardening materials you need, such as
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                                     How To Grow Your Organic Vegetable Garden?
                                                        By Krishan Bakhru



 To grow your organic vegetable garden is not a difficult thing and in fact many people who enjoy
gardening are now turning to organic gardening methods. This doesn't mean that you need to grow
only organic herbs and vegetables in your garden. Organic gardening can encompass all aspects of
gardening, including a flower garden or an ornamental garden as well.

Just because you want to have an organic vegetable garden that doesn't mean that you only need to
stick with the organic vegetable garden. You can expand to include such things as herbs as well if you
like, not mention flowering plants and others.

The one thing that you do want to look out for when you're growing your organic vegetable garden
alongside your flower garden, is that your flower garden is also grown organically. After all, it kind of
defeats the purpose of growing an organic vegetable garden if right next to it you use all sorts of
chemical pesticides and fertilizers in your flower bed.

Other than that you should be fine when constructing and maintaining your own organic vegetable
garden, but if you feel that you neighbor's pesticide filled garden is too close to your own garden and
that all your good efforts are going to waste you might want to look at either moving your own organic
vegetable garden further away, or using pots, tubs and troughs to grow your vegetable garden.

The first thing that you need to decide when planting your organic vegetable garden is what types of
vegetables you want to have. The next thing is to finding the right place to have your garden, along
with how large you want, or can have, your garden. It is entirely possible to grown your organic
vegetable garden in a small closed off patio on the 44th floor of your high rise apartment as long as
you are willing to accept your limitations and work with them.

This means being aware that although you might want to plant an acre's worth of organic vegetable
crops, you will instead have to make do with a small 4x4 or even smaller sized enclosure in which to
grow your organic vegetable garden.

Once all of these things have been factored in and you have a rough idea of what you want in your
organic vegetable garden, and how big you want your garden to be, you can then move on to the
serious subject of just where to get your organic vegetable seed or plant stock from.

Here, you might have to make a decision as to whether you want your organic vegetable garden to be
planted from completely organic seed or plant stock, or whether, if you have difficulty in obtaining
these, you want to resort to using plant stock from a nursery which is not organic, but which you will
grow from scratch utilizing organic methods. Once all these are done, you can then get started on your
organic vegetable garden.

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