It's about this time of year that the garden starts to call my name. Nothing is quite as rewarding, on a long summer day, than spending some time with your hands in the dirt, making green things thrive (unless it's eating the fruits of your labors afterwards). No matter your situation — whether you're an experienced gardener or a novice, whether you have an entire backyard or just a tiny patio — there's a project here to inspire you.
First up: a quick tip from gardening expert Ben Gould on how to make raised planter boxes. Using planter boxes will make it easier to add the right kind of soil for your plants, control irrigation, and keep weeds in check. Which all adds up to a bumper crop of deliciousness later down the road.
Those raised planter boxes would be a great place for... tomatoes! Tomatoes are one of the easiest edible crops to grow, and homegrown tomatoes are about 50 times more delicious than the ones you find in the grocery store. Here, Ben Gould shares some tips on how to make your tomato plants big and strong.
And finally, even if you've only got a little bit of space (say, a windowsill or even a sunny corner), it doesn't mean you can't grow things you can eat. Herbs are a great crop to grow in a small space (you can check out our list of 10 easy herbs to grow here), but did you know that you can also eat flowers? You can. Watch the video above for inspiration, and then check out Ben's list of edible flowers you can grow.
• The Star: Ben Gould happened upon his passion for gardening when trying to find the most inexpensive way to travel the world through the WWOOF program in Belize and India. It has since transformed his life in beautiful and unexpected ways. He now educates children on gardening at several elementary schools in Los Angeles, has recently started his own edible garden installation business and continues to seek knowledge and learn life lessons through all of the gifts that the garden offers. He is also one of my favorite Instagrammers around.
• Want more gardening tips? Click here for tons of inspiration for gardens of all sizes.
Thanks for watching, and happy planting!
(Image credits: Marianne Brown)