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The Carefree School of Gardening

By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchFFebruary 16, 2009

Are you tired of all the pulling millions of weeds, deadheading the thousandth flower, mowing the grass yet again? Letís talk about a carefree and no mess school of gardening and see what we can come up with for solutions to every manís and womanís home garden.

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With so much to do and so many places to go to these days, the home garden is often neglected.  We don't take the time to really get in there and get it working the way we would dream.  So what is the answer?  Should some of us clear out our busy schedules to find the time to build the large, perfect, gardens we all dream of or should we rethink the way we garden and the way we look at plants in our garden?

First, let us look at what we mean by weeds.  Weeds are the enemy of the home gardener. What are weeds?  What are these things that are in the garden?  There are several things that we can look at as other ways of thinking on weeds.  Some of them might be traumatic to the health of the garden in the end but we can deal with that tomorrow. Here is the biggest idea we need to change in order to give ourselves more free time. Think of each and every plant as either a wildflower, or a native plant, or just something we might have planted at some point.

This gives us the feeling of doing well.  By having a set garden bed area, we still have the appearance of plan and order. Even Johnston Grass in the right area of the wild garden might be alright. Planting real garden plants in the middle of the flowerbeds will give the air that these gardens are real and cared for. If anyone questions the garden, plants therein, or the value these plants might have in the garden, you just need to mention that these are carefree and stunning wildflowers and should be treated like the wonderful plants that really are.

So by making the weeds part of the garden plants, we can expand the number of plants in our garden and give ourselves more time to enjoy the garden we have created. This means that we must look forward to the gardens and learn to love the wild and creative looks that this type of a garden will bring to our home.

Now that we have looked at this type of garden and rethought about weeds and garden plants, we can look at trees and garden placement. Trees and shrubs in the garden do not need to be planted in any one place. Now that we are looking at plants in a new light we are also going to be looking at trees and their placement in a new light too. Leaving the weeds to be our garden plants and run here and there you will, in time, have trees and shrubs growing right in the garden beds. These garden beds trees and shrubs will most likely be plants that can grow in the area where you live.  Don't worry if they are in bad placements, too near the house, or might cause issues later on.  After all, this is now the "carefree" garden we are working with.

The last thing we must look at is the placement of garden beds. A good start is to place stray items in the yard at various locations, then build the garden around them. Stray items might be old cars, or their parts, barrels, tires, washing machines, piles of wood, or anything you might otherwise have thought to place in the local dump. Mow large curves all the way around the new garden art and let this be the garden beds. It is a good idea to leave a big area around all the walls and fence lines to insure the garden keeps one continual theme and view.  Thank you to htop for this stunning image from plantfiles, no images of real yards have been used seeing this article was just for fun and not to really teach anything.

With all these changes, your garden will be a classic and traditional wild style, carefree  garden. A stunning and simple way to show you are not afraid of nature, wild gardens, or what ever plants Mother nature can throw at you. Of course, if this is not the garden view for you, you will need to weed and plan your garden beds well and you will see gardens very different from the ones above.

  About Mitch Fitzgerald  
Mitch FitzgeraldI am a pentecostal preacher, gardener,husband, and a father. I love natives, daylilies, iris, and roses. I love teaching others, be they children or adults, about the garden and plants.

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