In the next few posts we will proceed to discuss the many ways in which one can be a thrifty and successful home gardener. There are a number of plants that if planted once you will never be without as they will self sow. Some very prolific examples are marigolds, nasturtium, cosmos and tomatoes; but actually I allow many plants to self sow and chuck seeds of all sorts of veges and fruit everywhere. Being a home gardener allows for much more scope than if one is producing crops for income.
Marigolds, nasturtium and cosmos are also excellent companion plants which will play an active role in pest reduction; in another post we will discuss the benefits of companion planting. Compost, an absolute must for any gardener, will also yield some interesting crops when dug back in to the soil. I read just recently that the very ordered garden is giving away to a much more natural garden which encourages nature to return to back yards, well all I can say is I must have been ahead of my time because I have always been a bit higgildy- piggildy in my approach to gardening. The following pics have been taken from my garden in the last week.
Admittedly my garden is not be an expensively landscaped affair, rather it is a space where Mother Nature has the say and I simply work along side her for the sheer joy of it.
Well that is enough for today. We will stay with this theme for the next post also as there are still more plants to talk about.
Have a go at scattering some seed, be patient and see how rewarding the sun, the soil, a little compost and a little water can be. Happy gardening.