hearty discussion about Gen X and Y gardeners, I thought it might be appropriate to share a couple of new resources for small space and no space gardeners. Fern Richardson and Colby Eierman (both Gen X and Y garden writers) have created a couple of great books filled with ideas. Fern, who is the same writer who brought us the wildly viral pallet vertical garden, has written a book called Small Space Container Gardens that shares a whole host of ideas for transforming even the tiniest of spaces into something special. My Favorite tips:
- If you have sensitive plants on your balcony that have a tendency to over bake during the hottest part of the day, try putting them under a bench or a table or near a larger plant that will shade it. (I'm having a major 'duh, why didn't I think of that' moment.)
- Plant Borage to encourage Lacewings (a beneficial bug that eats bad bugs) — and you can candy the flowers or freeze them into ice cubes for a special cocktail treat.
- Use Ajuga Reptans (Carpet Bugle) in a container — its runners will eventually spill over the side of the pot. (I on the other had use it freely as a groundcover, counting on those runners to work their way around the garden and keep the place a little less weedy.)