“Dig Around” at Your Garden Show!

One of my most favorite childhood memories is working in the garden with my Grandmother. My Grandparents grew a vegetable garden, rose garden and even raised chickens in their backyard. I remember picking tomatoes with my Granddad and trimming the rose bushes with my Grandma. Apparently, green thumbs are not an inherited trait and I have found myself to be very unskilled in the garden.  Unfortunately, I do not remember the skills I learned and have certainly not translated them into my own front yard. Now that my daughters are getting older, I would love to start a little kid-friendly garden in our front yard, but I really have no idea where to start.

I was recently introduced to a new website, Your Garden Show, which just may be my inspiration to begin “growing” my knowledge of gardening.  From the press release:

An interactive online experience where gardeners of all levels can share videos, photos, ideas and inspiration, YourGardenShow.com brings gardeners together in a rewarding, fun way. With individual and group pages, how-to videos, garden planners and a rapidly growing audience for new garden bloggers, here you can share the wisdom you have “grown.”

“YourGardenShow.com features an expansive 6,000 vegetable database developed by Cornell University (778 varieties of tomatoes!) and a 5,900 ornamental database powered by Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the U.S.A. Uniting the 25,000 square miles of America’s gardens and beyond, YourGardenShow.com encourages passionate gardeners to “show and tell.”

iris I took the opportunity to begin my garden on Your Garden Show and see all they had to offer.  I quickly learned that this site is a great resource to the novice gardener!  One problem I have with starting my garden is that I have no idea what types of plants or flowers are appropriate for my space.  Fortunately, Your Garden Show has a searchable database where you answer questions on sun exposure, soil type, and moisture level and you are given some great options of plants that should thrive in your garden.  I found the gorgeous Iris “Beverly Sills” may be a good fit for my front yard! Isn’t it pretty?!?

I know that many of you have heard of a “vlog”, but did you know you could start a “glog” at Your Garden Show?  You can upload pictures and video to your “garden log” as well as enter the types of plants you are growing and keep detailed notes on garden observations.  I just had a great time looking through the numerous garden photos and found many that have inspired my future design! Go ahead and “dig around” at Your Garden Show and let me know what you find!

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