A Beautiful Garden With Less Work – Get Growing WIth Frankie Flowers

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[intro music] Get Growing With Frankie Flowers Brought to you by The Corporation of the City of Brantford >> FRANKIE FLOWERS: The Garden, everyone loves the look of a beautiful garden, but not everybody likes the work of a beautiful garden.

So how can you have the look without the work? We’re going to break it down for you.

First Step is to really focus on the foundation.

I call the foundation of any garden is good soil, and making good soil is about mending that soil that you have, so that if you have sandy soil you need to improve it and/or just poor soil quality like clay.

This is organic matter, and this is also known as compost you can see how it clumps in my hand and breaks away, that is a perfect combined mix.

Thisis rich in organic matter, meaning it’s full of nutrients, so that also means I don’tneed to fertilize.

Next Step it’s all about plant selectionand looking for plants that make life easy on you.

Let’s talk about those you don’thave to water as often and it’s this one here, drought tolerant.

A good indicator ofa plant with drought tolerance is that grey to silver foliage it reflects the light, thisone here lamb’s ear as well nice and felty.

Another plant that will be drought tolerantare those succulents.

This is stonecrop, this one here you can see is a succulent, almost looks like the cactus family and in full sun a perfect ground cover.

Another one that so easy a classic, a favourite, hens and chicks, so easy that I can even take little piecesof this guy off, just stick it in the ground and they’ll grow and hardly needs any water.

Now you got your creeping thymes that are nice to walk on.

They add a little colour,fragrance at the same time and then there’s a classic a favourite an annual plant, thisone right here is called portulaca.

And portulaca loves it hot, loves it dry and will flowerall season long.

So if you want to cut down work it’s about the easy plants and selecting those you don’t need to water as often.

Containers, everyone thinks they’re easyand they’re meant to be easy.

Now let’s kinda talk about three things that make them easier for you.

Number one, not all pots are created equal.

you can see this one here,doesn’t have a lot of mass for soil, I like pots that are a little bit larger, the moresoil the longer they’re going to last without watering in between waterings, a little bitmore forgiving.

So look for pots that are a little bit more, that have more of a soilcapacity those little 4 inch ones will dry out way too quick.

Now this guy here, the next thing you want to do is make sure the plant material that you’re selecting that is the pot materialyou’re selecting won’t break during the winter months.

If this freezes in the winterand expands the water will expand it will crack the pot, now you can see with the self-watering containers this right here, this little basin in the bottom, that basin holds water butkeeps plants roots out.

So that’s all about drainage.

So when it comes to container gardens think about number one soil capacity, number two the right material and number three, make sure there is some drainage.

And finally let’s talk about mulch, We have black mulch here, native mulch right there, it smells so good.

So this here is gardening gold, it reduceswatering it reduces weeding, and by putting mulch into the garden over time it breaksdown, adding back organic matter into the soil.

So think about it better soil, lessweeding, less watering, mulch that is gold, So there are some ways to make gardening easier Share your gardening tips #GetGrowing Like Us on Facebook www.

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