Growing Up

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How do I keep vertical gardens from overshadowing my bed?

Growing Up

Your daughter still needs help with her homework...and she's in college. Your son still asks for your barbecue...and he's in the Marines. No matter how much they grow, they still need your support. Knowing how to plant a garden for maximum growth is like raising kids...they both need support and plenty of room to grow.

If you've done the soil preparation right, your plants will stand up tall. A tepee, arbor or trellis helps those beans, climbing peas, tomatoes and cucumbers reach for the stars...or at least the sunlight. But younger sibling plants on the ground may feel neglected when you're gardening raised beds, even though raised beds get more sun.

Allow those plants room of their own to shine, and when doing your raised bed planting, place plants that like shade beneath tomatoes and beans. Some shade-loving plants include:

  • Impatiens
  • Ferns
  • Wild-blue phlox
  • Virginia bluebells
  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Leeks
  • Radishes
  • Turnips

Plant onions and eggplant in the south side of the garden. especially if taller plants on trellises are on the north side. Your kids can thrive and your plants can thrive...all because they still have your love and support. You know how to parent, and you know how to you have more time to help your garden grow since youR kids are out of the house!



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