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Bare Bones Gardening

Ornamental Grass
Ornamental Grass (Photo credit: csbarnhill)








Winter is a great time for getting our creative gardening juices flowing. A garden can give pleasure year round by selecting plants with colorful winter foliage, unusual bark or produce berries.

Many ornamental grasses dry in different shades and add contrast to snowscapes. Evergreens like azaleas add a touch of green. Hollies and barberries add shades of red and some flowering kale can be made to last through parts of winter.

Start by looking at your “empty garden”.

Ask yourself these questions:

What can I plant in spring that will accent my garden in winter?

How much do I want to spend?

Next, draw a garden plan:

Make a rough sketch of your garden. Include where perennials and bulbs are approximately

In the remaining space, pencil in where you might like to add a small evergreen shrub or ornamental grass. Remember that a little goes a long way and you can always add another plant later in the season.

Next, go through your garden catalogs to find ideas and price ranges. Check with local nurseries to see if they carry the same plants or can order them for you. This may save you additional shipping and handling charges.

Planning the bare bones of your garden is a rewarding way to save time and money come gardening season. You might just save enough to money to get that new trowel you had your eye on!

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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1 Comment

  1. This would be great… as long as you don’t have 4 feet of snow over your garden… The only thing that sticks out here is the tall evergreen trees… Most plants are covered by many feet of snow.

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