Gardening 101 with Jenny Mikesell, Urban Gardening Expert

Thank God that the weather if finally nice and we can get our yards looking lush and fabulous.

I have always struggled to grow and not kill.

We are super grateful our good friend, Jenny Mikesell, owner of Down to Earth, a flower & vegetable garden design company.

She has given us some easy tips to beautify your life.

This is gardening 101 for real.

Enjoy & Shine. xo Andrea


Jenny Mikesell:

I specialize in flower and vegetable gardening and work directly with my clients to teach them how easy and rewarding gardening is.

It is truly one of the earth’s wonders to be able to go in your back yard and pick your dinner. Food that is grown on a massive scale (organic or not) is shown to be less nutritious. An apple grown just 50 years ago is less nutritious than today. So I say, put the power back in your own hands and get digging!

Gardening Tips

  1. Look at what you eat most (for us it’s lettuce) and try starting with that. You will find a fast payback to your hard work and grocery bill.
  2. Start small if you have not done it before. You can grow your garden bigger throughout the season if you feel like it’s working for you.
  3. Just jump in and try!! Everyone can grow something…even if you think you kill everything. Grow in pots, raised beds in between your flowers in your flower gardens. You don’t have to have a lot of room.

Gardening Basics

SOIL - You must have good soil. The plants pull their nutrition from the soil they are planted in. Add in some good compost to your soil. You can buy it from your local hardware store or garden center

SUN - Most plants require full sun. So plan accordingly. Find the spots in your yard that are nice and hot. There are other plants that do not do well in full sun (like lettuce and peas) you can plant them around the base of the other plants or in shady spots in your garden.

PLANTS pick and choose which plants you want to grow. I suggest to grow things you eat already. Plant lots of herbs. It’s an easy way to add color, flavor and nutrition to any dish. Basil, Parsley and Dill are my favorites. Make sure to read the labels to see their caring instructions.

WATER In the spring when the weather is cooler and the rain showers are a little more frequent you don’t need to water as much. The ground should be moist but not soggy. In the summer when the sun is high in the sky and hot you will want to up your watering. Sometimes every other day. I would also suggest mulching with straw or hay to keep the ground from getting to hot.

Just jump in and try it! You never know until you try. It may sound like a lot of work but it’s fun, it’s outside, its active and you will reap the benefits with your body, mind and soul. I promise.



1 comment

  • Yelhsa

    Intgelilence and simplicity – easy to understand how you think.

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