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Monday, October 29, 2012

Creating A French Garden In the Southwest

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Is it possible to turn a small dusty piece of southwestern land into a personal provincial oasis? 


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I am so thankful that the temperatures have finally begun to cool down here in Southwest. It is the perfect time to plant both vegetable and flower gardens. But a bit of work needed to be done to prepare the area first.  All the weeds and dead bushes were removed.


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I have been wanting to try container gardening so I grouped several blue pots together that previously had been scattered throughout the yard.
  
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Gardening in the Southwest is not without its challenges and I have never attempted to grow a vegetable garden so I turned to the internet for a bit of help. The  Gardenieres site was really helpful. As I am more of a hands on learner I loved the Gardenieres You Tube video series. I learned how important proper soil is for a pretty and productive garden. 



We primarily have a mixture of caliche and clay soil in our backyard so I went to Home Depot and picked up three bags of Miracle –Gro Potting Mix. This soil mixture contained nutrients that will feed for 6 months. The organic materials help improve drainage and airflow which is important in container gardening. Wetting agents will disperse water to prevent dry spots ~ this is really useful in the southwest. 


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My friend Marty had given me some wonderful broccoli that I planted. I am also trying tomatoes, peas and spinach from seed in other pots.  


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Of course I couldn’t resist planting a bit of pretty. 

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Now I just need to water and wait. I will add in support for the tomatoes and peas when the time comes and I may need to protect my bounty from birds. 


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There is also a Miracle-Gro Facebook page. They offer great tips and encourage readers to ask questions and post their own inspirational photos.
Laura
(1) Miracle-Gro
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9 comments :

Ann Nichols said...

Now this is an accomplishment to even attempt! But just think how grand when it comes time to eat all those lovely veggies!
Be sure to enter my GIVE-A-WAY!
Blessings!
Ann

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Laura! What a great collection of pretty blue pots you have. I am looking forward to watching the progress of your container garden. Keep us posted.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I love Miracle grow.. it never fails me so I use it every year n my plants and garden.

Love those blue pots and I know you'll have fresh delish veggies in no time.

enjoy every bite~!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I can't wait to see all of your garden grow. He only waters when necessary. Pots some times need it every day, just depends on the weather. You don't want them to dry out for sure. Yes, let's do head to the east side soon. I would love that. Marty

The Working Home Keeper said...

I love the blue pots!

Mary Ellen
The Working Home Keeper

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Can't wait to see you garden growing in those beautiful blue pots!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh it so funny how it's planting time of year for you guys in AZ!! All the pots are put away (or should be) for the winter here In CO

Sure wish I could have joined you all on your lunch date!! Know you ladies had a great time!

Are you settled in your home and have things been a bit more peaceful these days?

bee blessed
mary

Christie said...

Loved your Sunday post about our Creator and Designer. Such a lovely thought to think on.

Christie said...

Loved your Sunday post about our Creator and Designer. Such a lovely thought to think on.