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Open House: How Does Your Garden Grow?

A friend of mine is an avid entertainer and gracious host, and fittingly, her husband is beyond skilled as a bartender. So the couple has expressly designated a patch in their garden to grow essentials for their favorite cocktails — basil, mint, lavender, and lemon verbena among them. Closest to the kitchen door, they grow regulars needed for their cooking routine, such as tomatoes and avocados. While most gardeners decide the locations of their plantings based on factors like aesthetics and sunlight, my friends created their garden plan based on the function and usefulness of their plants. Interesting, no?

So I'm wondering how you decided upon the plants in your garden. What do you grow? Where do you grow your plants? Why and how did you decide what to grow? Tell me by commenting below!

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ahles ahles 7 years
Tomatoes.. have ~40 tomato plants going this year, potatoes, corn, radishes, arugula, lettuces, spinach, hibiscus, watermelon, pumpkins, cantaloupes, strawberries, horseradish, tomatillos, sage, greek oregano, catnip, lemon balm, st. john's wort, mint, couple kinds of lavender, okra.. lots of okra, peppers, asparagus, red onions, yellow onions, couple kinds of squash when I can keep the darn borers and bugs off 'em... Biggest problem this year has been a huge drought since early June. Didn't get the network of rainbarrels built off the barn this spring, and since we're on a well I've been only watering just enough to keep things alive. None of the later rounds of seedlings made it this summer (more radishes, all the basils got fried, etc) Which reminds me.. pears (tree's been dropping undersized fruit without rain and the Stink Bugs are doing a number on the pears & corn), & white and black mulberries came with the house. When money allows, we're adding cherry, peach, and apple.. also blueberry and raspberry bushes. Out front I've got roses, and added some rose of sharon trees and a wisteria tree in ground, and tuberoses growing in pots. On the side are 7 large flower boxes attached to the porch rail (have flowers and chives in em). Have potted avocado, lemon, and keylime trees that spend winter in my office (where I start the seedlings because of a wall of south facing windows) but are outside now. Mostly, I grow what we eat and use most. I picked the area for the garden based on where would get the most sun but was the least likely to be used to anything else, and wasn't over the septic field :P
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Personally, I grow mainly ornamental plants and grasses. I do this to enjoy our property, and to enhance it's aesthetics. I like all forms of plants -- ground covering, shrubs, hanging baskets, etc. I have all these forms on our property. It makes for interesting texture, visually. For practical reasons, I chose plants that were heat and drought tolerant. I do have some edible plants. They are of dwarf variety. I think dwarf fruit trees are so cute!
ngocnguyen ngocnguyen 7 years
Wow, what an awesome garden, kurniakasih. We have mostly herbs: cilantro, lemon grass, mint, Thai basil, fish mint, green onion, chives, and water spinach. Then there's the veggies just planted this year: some awesome yellow tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, opo squash (like zucchini), bitter melon, and cucumbers! We grow in the back yard where there's plenty of room. It's fenced off from the rabbit and deer. This is what we eat the most so we decided to grow it to save money and it's healtier.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
We have the herb garden (basil, mint, parsley, cilantro) and the obligatory (j/k) veggie garden of carrots, radish, broccoli, potatoes, onion, cucumber, lettuce and cauliflowers...I wish my husband likes tomatoes (he hates them) we don't have that planted. But my in-laws have crazy amount of tomatoes (oh they're to die for!) at their backyard for me to harvest...they also have pumpkins, watermelons... My parents's harvest this year consist of blueberries, strawberries, plums and apples. They're our go-to fruit gardeners :D Everyone's veggie, fruit garden...are located in the backyard, btw. But yah, beside veggie and herb garden, whoever owned the house before us LOVE their ROSES, we have at least 20 different roses growing in our yard, front and back. I gave 2 away to my parents. We also have star jasmine, japanese maple tree, pine trees, peonies, irises, tulips, lillies, morning glories...etc etc. Crazily enough I'm not much of a gardener (of flowers) but they're very strong I found out, they kept growing and flourishing.... Oh, I have to go. Gotta water the veggie garden again :d
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