Organic: How to grow your own pot potatoes

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Potatoes In A Nutshell And A Recycling Bin!

It’s easy to grow your own pot potatoes and you don’t have to use a traditional barrel, pot or pail you can do what I did. Pot growing potatoes is a great way to still have home-grown organic potatoes even if you are short on space to garden. Growing my own potatoes in a blue recycle bin this year was a new and fun experience for me.

Having a horticulture background, potato plants are nothing new to me but finally having some time to dedicate to my garden, I want to grow as much as I can in as little space possible. As my property does not have a traditional in ground garden and is nowhere near ready for one, I used as many containers as I could, even for potatoes this summer.

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How to grow potatoes in a pot or container

Propagation of potatoes can be done either by true seeds, planting a piece of an actual potato (also referred to as planting by seed)  or by rooting a cutting from a potato plant. All of these methods can be done at home using little space, while saving you some money in your grocery budget.

Potatoes can be grown successfully in a traditional garden or a container garden. In milder climates potatoes can be grown year round, not only providing year round home-grown potatoes but can easily be a replenishable crop, using pieces of potatoes from a previous crop to propagate your next crop.

This summer I decided to grow my potatoes in a recycling bin in my backyard. I am very happy with how well my potatoes grew this year, and I didn’t have to dig around in a lot of dirt to harvest them! Next year though I may use a garbage can which will allow more room for them to grow and possibly a much bigger yield. I may just plant a second recycling bin as it really does not take up much space. Filling two recycling bins may not require as much potting soil as a garbage which will keep my costs down, I will have to figure that out.

How to plant potatoes in a container, pot or barrel

  1. Like all plants proper soil selection is important. ‘Dirt’ should never been used in containers, it makes the container too heavy and does not drain well. Potatoes like loose soil and adequate moisture which makes using potting soil ideal as it is very porous giving it a high water holding capacity while being a light, loose growing medium.
  2. Fill only part of your container with some potting soil, I filled approximately 1/3 of the recycling bin. Plant your seed, plant or piece of potato.
  3. If using a piece of a potato make sure it has at least one or two eyes.
  4. As the plant grows and you start to see potatoes showing at the soil surface, hill them up by adding more soil to the container to fully cover them up. Continue doing this throughout the growth of your plant until you can no longer fill the container.
  5. I staked my plants to keep them off the ground as they were grew rather large and were falling over.
  6. Water frequently and don’t forget to fertilize.
  7. When the plant begins to yellow and looks like it’s starting to die harvest your home-grown potatoes. Don’t wait too long at this point or your potatoes may rot.

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Does growing potatoes in a pot seem simple? It really is!

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As you can see in the picture above, I harvested some nice looking organic potatoes this week and did they ever taste good! They tasted much better than store-bought in my opinion and they came right out of my backyard. It was not only rewarding to eat something so tasty that I grew at home but it also did not take any money out of my grocery budget.

Crop rotation for potatoes

Rotating where you choose to plant is very important for potatoes. Garden plants generally should not be consecutively planted in the same location where another member of the same plant family was previously planted. For example, potatoes are actually in the same family as tomatoes, so potatoes should not be planted where tomatoes were previously grown.

Planting the same crop in the same location will not only attract more pests and disease but the soil is depleted of all the required nutrients from the previous year’s crop.  As not all plants require the same nutrients, switching up plant families allows the soil to replenish itself as different plants add different nutrients to the soil. In containers this is much easier to do then in a garden, just change out the potting soil, done.

Hidden treasure

Did you know that the United Nations declared 2008 as the year of the potato? The UN are referring to the potato as a ‘hidden treasure’. By declaring 2008 the Year of the potato they hoped to raise awareness of the nutritional benefit of potatoes, primarily in developing countries.

Potatoes are most known for their carbohydrate content, but also provide us with vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. If prepared with the potato skins on they are also a source of fibre. Potatoes lack only two essential vitamins, A and D.

Potatoes offer a lot of nutrition but like most things in this world, they are not for everyone and every diet. Being high on the glycemic index they are not a good fit for a low GI diet and being high in starch they should  be eaten in moderation for a diabetic diet.

Growing your own pot potatoes at home doesn’t have to be difficult or require hours digging in the dirt. Do you have an extra recycling bin, rubber maid container or garbage can sitting around that you could use to provide nourishment to your family and save some money in your grocery budget? If you do, then give it a try, you have nothing to lose and potatoes to gain, and lots of them.

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Katrina is regular contributor for Canadian Budget Binder and is as passionate about personal finance as she is gardening. Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years experience with landscaping and greenhouse production.

Her goal is to share her knowledge and experiences blogging about gardening and her continued passion for personal finance in hopes of motivating others. While being a single mom of two and an in-store marketing representative  for major retail shops she also runs her own Landscaping Services in Southwestern Ontario.

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By: Katrina

Boost Curb Appeal The Smart Way

I was recently asked by a Canadian Budget Binder fan to help give her property a bit of a face lift by landscaping her property. First thing we looked at were some ways to save money by reclaiming items for her property that wasn’t going to cost her a fortune.

After getting to know a little about her and her life, I was determined to do the best job I could and to try and save as much money as we could. I’ll get to the goat part….. at the end. This story has a happy ending for the homeowner and for me as landscaping is a passion of mine.

Use existing materials

A common mistake made by many is having too many plants in a single garden, and/or not planted in the most desirable locations. I have lost count of how many plants we moved from poor locations to use in a newly created garden. Take a look around your property and see what supplies you may already have. Throughout the front and back of the property were a good pile of rocks. We brought them all to the front of the house to have a uniform theme throughout.

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I also noticed that her garden shed could have been in a more functional location than where it currently was. Just by moving the shed, that alone changed the feel of her backyard. There was one challenge and that was moving it! I kindly knocked on the neighbours door and asked the teenage son for an extra set of hands, 5 minutes and it was moved!

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There was a need for some over-seeding so instead of buying a lot of topsoil we bought 5 small bags for topdressing and used a good amount of soil from an area that was dug out for the patio in the front.

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Mulch for moisture

Mulching is a good idea in any flower garden. It may seem like a lot of work at first, but it is key in creating a low-maintenance garden. It not only looks nice, but if a sufficient amount is maintained on the bed it helps hold moisture in the soil and keeps the weeds down significantly.

In a previous post I wrote,“Free plants and easy ways to save money on gardening” I mentioned ways you can save money on mulch by getting it for free. Though if you’re wanting a particular look, you may have no choice but to pay for it. Figure out what would be cheaper for you, buying it in bulk or buying it in bags although this really depends on your vehicle situation.

If you have access to a pick-up truck, buying in bulk is the way to go. You can easily load a yard of mulch in the back of an average sized truck. Companies will charge a delivery fee and it can be upwards of $50.00 a load so going to pick it up yourself is an easy way you can save money.

If you can’t access a truck, buying in it bags will likely be the cheaper option for you. Keep an eye out for sales on mulch as they do happen often at big box stores or local garden centres. Using the bags can also be more time efficient as you do not have to unload the mulch into a wheelbarrow from the truck. Keep this in mind for purchasing any aggregate, mulch, soil, sand or gravel. We did not have a truck so bagged mulch was what we chose.

On-line resources

Keep an eye out for online ads offering landscaping materials on such sites as Kijiji and Free-cycle. People offer lumber, patio stones, free plants, edging and whatever else they no longer need. If you can use recycled materials for your project you can dump the cost of buying new and save a few bucks. A seating area out front was something on the desired list and we luckily scored a pile of interlocking bricks for $30.00 that I used to build a 50 sq. ft patio.

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Re-use Materials

We also obtained a few re-usable materials such as free plants through Free-cycle. As we continued our search for re-cycled materials we could re-use from others gardens we were able to pick up a few close to free from Kijiji as well. One piece of advice that I can give to you is to air on the cautious side when it comes to picking up free plant or gardening supplies.

Free or not, do not acquire too many plants otherwise you may end up with more than you bargained for and  your garden might not turn out the way you expected it to be. Remember that your garden will fill in as the plants grow so be sure to plan for that so you are not left with an overgrown garden.

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Rent a goat

I had to laugh when I read Mr. CBB’s blog about how to overcome laziness when he joked about renting a goat to help with keeping the lawn trim. In reality, you can! If all else fails, if you are a USA resident there is a company called “Rent a Goat” that will put eco-friendly consumers in touch with goat herders across the globe. Goat rental is very popular option for some people.

Goats are a great ‘green’ approach to cleaning up hard to get access to areas or to clear brush and yes for those who might want to kick back and let the goat do their property upkeep for them. Rent a goat says it’s the environmentally friendly alternative to heavy machinery and toxic chemicals. It’s also a great way to get to know your neighbours because you know they will all come around just to view the goat clearing action.

It’s not the most cost-effective as the goats work 9 am-5 pm and the price is comparable to landscaping companies at upwards of $400 US a day according to the Rent a Goat website. I was not aware that the goats had formed a union and voted for office hours only. Like a professional landscaping quote whether Canadian or American it would also depend on property size, materials and hours involved.

I know I’m not really writing this to be actual advice because it’s not really landscaping, more just cleaning up an overgrown property. The reality is that you can rent a goat and as funny as it sounds many people do just that to help get rid of overgrowth on their property or as Rent a Goat calls it, “cute weed removal”.

I’m afraid I struggled to find a company or farm in Canada who rents goats although I’m sure there are some but I just can’t find any on-line. Then again you could always search Kijiji and on-line ads in hopes of finding goats for sale and forget the rental fees altogether. That’s smart budgeting especially if you can have your new goat make you extra money as a goat for hire. Never know who might need the goat rental service in your area.

Going green paid off

I really enjoyed reclaiming this property no there was need to have an on-site goats to clear land with me as I did all the hard work myself. The owner did not desire an overly modern design or having it look like it came out of a magazine, and was happy with the result. Not only will she enjoy her new landscaping design but she won’t be losing sleep over how much it cost. Landscaping the greener way by being creative, reusing materials and utilizing online resources are 3 great ways you can save money in your budget.

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Katrina is regular contributor for Canadian Budget Binder and is as passionate about personal finance as she is gardening. Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years experience with landscaping and greenhouse production.

Her goal is to share her knowledge and experiences blogging about gardening and her continued passion for personal finance in hopes of motivating others. While being a single mom of two and an in-store marketing representative  for major retail shops she also runs her own Landscaping Services in Southwestern Ontario.

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Garden Growing Guide: How To Prepare Your Garden

Preparing Your Garden

If you are a newbie to gardening and hesitant about how to prepare your garden, then worry no more. I’m here to ease a bit of the worry you may have and build your gardening confidence through practice so you too can join the masses who get out and grow each season.

This garden growing guide comes from years of experience and my passion for the outdoors which should help guide you in the right direction. If you have an inherent green thumb or simply want to experiment the time is here to put your gardening plans in motion. Begin the process by figuring out how and where you will plant your vegetable garden this spring.

If you are planting a garden to grow your own food for the first time I’d recommend starting off small, get your feet wet before you jump right in. Building up gardening experience over time will lead to a more rewarding experience.

How To Start A Garden

The first step before even deciding what you are going to grow in the garden should be picking a good location. In an earlier post I talked about growing a garden in a small space if you didn’t have a large area in your yard to get started. Based on how much space you have and the amount of sunlight the area gets, you can plan your vegetables accordingly.

A garden planted with north-south facing rows will get more direct sunlight. Also consider other environmental factors in your area. I live in farm country and no matter what location I choose I will be surrounded by worked fields.

I have to keep in my mind that my garden could be exposed to pesticide drift. Pesticide drift simply means that pesticides used by the farmers for pest management in the farm fields may drift as vapours and particles in the air or through the soil.

So I will be keeping my garden as far away from the fields as possible, but I also plan to plant a small evergreen border between my garden and the field to keep the drift away.

Gardening Tip-Grow your garden a good distance from Walnut trees as they contain chemicals that can kill your vegetables.

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Preparing The Soil 

So now you’ve picked your location and you know what you’re going to plant. It’s time to get out there and start getting the area ready. Vegetables will benefit greatly from good soil conditions. The soil needs to be well-drained and nutrient rich.

Take a good look to see what’s in the soil in your garden. If you have sandy soil you will have to water more often, working in some peat moss or compost will still allow for proper drainage but will increase the water-holding capacity of the soil.

Soil with lots of clay will not drain properly, working in some compost even just 4-6 inches deep, will make the soil more porous and allow better drainage and increased oxygen for the roots. Compost is an excellent choice for amending any garden regardless of what soil type.

You can make your own compost at home in the backyard if you have a compost bin. If you have leaves that come down in the fall you can also add them to your compost heap to break down over the winter to give you a dark, nutrient rich soil.

Many cities offer free compost, check locally to see if yours does by contacting your city hall. You are usually required to do the work yourself, such as bagging it or putting in a container, but it’s free! Free compost means that’s one less thing you need to pay for and you can designate the money towards something else for your gardening project.

Manure can also be used to improve your soil. It can be purchased from garden centres or you could even ask a local farmer for some. If it is obtained from a farm it needs to be well-dried out before it can be used, otherwise it can have the opposite effect and be harmful to your garden. Using manure will give the best results if its applied a few weeks before planting, giving it some time to settle in.

If you heat your house by wood, you can turn in some of the ashes and it will add some potassium to the soil. Potassium encourages rapid growth, and can help to hold off disease.

Potassium can also improve the flavour the vegetables as well. Only a small amount of ashes needs to be used, and should be avoided where plants such as blueberries that require slightly acidic soil are being grown. It does not need to be applied regularly as potassium is a slow diminishing nutrient.

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Transplanting Seedlings 

By this point you should have already started your seeds and they should be well on their way to making a transition out into the world. If you’ve grown your own seedlings indoors, the next step is preparing them for outdoors.

Plants that were started indoors can experience some transplant shock if they are taking directly from indoors and planted outside. This shock could be enough to kill the plant. Slowly exposing the plants to the temperature fluctuation is referred to as hardening off. 

Expose the plants gradually to the environment, the bigger the temperature difference, the slower the process should be. You can start by placing them outside for a few hours during the day, then maybe into the evening.

Then if the nights are getting warmer leave them out overnight, but not in the garden yet. If there is a threat of frost move them inside for the night. You want to disturb the roots as little as possible at this point. This process can also help with not planting too early which could cause some serious repercussions and heartbreak if you were to lose your seedlings.

I can remember multiple customers who came into the greenhouse looking to buy or re-buy their plants because they simply planted too soon! I can’t wait to get planting my and I look out my window every morning hoping to see green grass, but right now is definitely too early and even using the traditional May 2-4 weekend (in our climate)as a guideline may be too soon.

We often seem to get just one more frost when we all think the cold weather is gone. It’s better to be safe then sorry and hold off a little bit. They say the early bird gets the worm, well not in this case. Having to replace your plants is not exactly cost-effective for anyone’ budget.

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Watering Your Garden

Don’t forget too that your garden needs to be watered, carrying  a watering can back and forth can be a daunting task. Planting closer to your home makes it easier to get access to with a garden hose, or using a watering can by not having to walk back and forth as far.

If you have a rain barrel set up on your property not only will it save you money on your water bill this summer but you will be giving your plants rain water and not tap water.

If using municipal water, filling up jugs of tap water and letting them sit open for 24 hours will allow for the added chlorine to evaporate. Chlorine can negatively affect the microorganisms in the soil, harming beneficial organisms that can help to fight off pests and disease.

Vegetable gardening is very rewarding when food from your garden ends up on your dinner plate but can also be time-consuming. Learning how to grow a garden in your backyard takes time and with proper research and trial and error over time you can have an abundance of vegetables and herbs to make tasty meals in your kitchen.

Planning ahead and taking the time to properly prepare your garden will get you off to a good start, and remember to start small if this is new to you. Don’t get discouraged right away if your first garden doesn’t work out,trial and error is the name of the game. A well prepared garden can be a great money-saving tool for your budget if you have some time and patience.

Questions:

What are some other ways you prepare your garden?

Do you have any tricks or tips you want to share?

If you have any gardening questions for Katrina feel free to leave her a comment.

Post Contribution By: Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years experience with landscaping and greenhouse production. Her goal is to share her knowledge and experiences through blogging in hopes of helping others realize their gardening abilities.While being a single mom of two and working in a sales and marketing position, Katrina runs her own Landscaping Services in Southwestern Ontario.

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Turning Leaves Into Compost- Where There’s Muck There’s Brass


Leaves for compost

It’s that time of year again….the leaves have already turned colour and a there’s a good splattering over most people’s lawns that have already fallen. So is now the time to save some money? Sure it is and here’s what I do to save me some money come spring.

WHAT DO I DO TO SAVE ME MONEY?

Every year I collect up the leaves from the trees in plastic bags, wet them and tie them up with a couple of holes punched in the sides. I personally store them to over winter down the side of the house (mainly because my compost heap is already full), you could start compost heap number 2 if you like depending on the size of your garden. In the spring I’ll empty out roughly two-thirds of the compost bin for use around the garden/pots/baskets and then re-fill with the leaves from the bags interspersed with other roughage. The half rotten mixture will take no time at all to rot down once the weather warms up.

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WHY I BAG MY LEAVES?

The main reason I don’t throw the leaves away in brown yard waste bags is the amount of nutrients they’ll add back into the garden for next year. If your able to grow your own vegetables or just like gardening then you’ll appreciate the benefits of recycling waste products from not only your garden but also your house. We try to throw as many fruit and veg odds and ends in the compost bin rather than the “green bin” as it will add “Free” goodness to the garden. If you’ve got a wood burning stove or fireplace you can add the cold ashes to the heap too. Just remember that ashes will be high in calcium carbonate so they will reduce the acidic level of soil. If you’re unsure what type of soil you’ve got then get a test kit. I already know that my soil is on the acidic side due to the fact that the Rhododendron is growing like a weed and the Hydrangea has a blue hue in the flowers. Just finished taking this years hanging baskets apart? Throw the compost and annuals back into the bin/heap.

Compost bin with organic waste in the top

I can remember when I was a lot younger that my gran used to be able to grow an enormous amount of fruit and vegetables in her garden without fail. The soil was dark and fertile, probably because her house was a Victorian semi and over the 90 year life span everything bio-degradable was thrown onto the garden.

When the local authority comes to collect your leaves or even your green bin on weekly basis what do you think they do with it? They might not use it themselves but they do sell it, why? Someone’s making money from it, how? The let it rot down and sell it back to you in a bag, how’s that for a money maker.

Rotted down to good compost at the bottom

In fact if you add a good mixture of ingredients into your compost heap and let it rot down properly you’ll have something just as good if not better than what you can buy in the store. Sure, you can buy soil for $0.99 a bag but it’s terrible, trust me I’ve bought it and regretted it. What I get from the compost heap is top quality well-rotted compost that would cost you $4.00-$5.00 a bag but I get it for free.

I got inspired by a man called Alan Titchmarsh who’s a horticulturist and ran a TV program on the BBC (The Beeb) called “Gardeners World” but he also went back to basics to teach/inspire a new younger generation with another TV show.

His ingredients for a good garden compost are:

  • Annual weeds
  • Tops of Perennial Weeds
  • Spent bedding plants (annual flowers that have finished)
  • Uncooked vegetable peelings, crushed eggshells and teabags
  • Grass clippings (they’ll add nitrogen)
  • Soft hedge trimmings, soft prunings and spent flowers (from dead heading)
  • Dead Leaves
  • Shredded woody stems
  • Shredded paper, cotton and wool fabrics

I probably wouldn’t throw in meat, fish and other cooked foods for fear of being invaded by the ubiquitous racoon. Don’t get me wrong the furry guy will love you to death, but your neighbours are going to be more than mildly annoyed.

Inside the compost bin

For a new compost heap/bin you can also add a couple of shovelfuls of fresh manure (horse or sheep) to get it started. Once you’ve got it going, just keep adding waste and water to keep it wet, if it dries out (especially in the summer) it will stop. I usually add water from the rain barrel as rainwater is a natural source of nitrates (form of nitrogen) required by plants to grow. An alternative to adding nitrogen to your compost is adding nettles. In fact a good homemade plant fertilizer can be made from the common stinging nettle Urtica dioica due to the large amount of nitrogen it contains. Nettles are native to North America as well as Europe and Asia.

If you use a rake, because rakes are cheaper than leaf blowers and they cost zero to operate, you’ll get some exercise out of the deal too. A bit of hard work is always more beneficial than convenience.

“There is no substitute for hard work” Thomas Alva Edison………..yes, the inventor.

There’s an old saying from northern England that’s quite appropriate at this point, “Where’s there’s muck there’s brass“….put quite simply, where’s there’s crap there’s money!

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Get Ready To Landscape Your Dream Home

Now that spring has sprung many people are anxious to get outside to start on their landscape projects. However, for many the mere thought of doing landscaping can lead to sleepless nights and visions of empty bank accounts.

Over the years I have worked with many clients who have fallen into this category, they want to bring their yard to life but they are worried about the costs associated with undertaking the project. In many cases they are first time homeowners who have never landscaped before and have heard stories from friends and family of how much their backyard retreats have cost.

They also may have simply wandered into a garden centre only to have been overwhelmed by names and price tags. On top of that, many folks today are both budget conscious and “green” conscious and want to bring both of these items to the table when beautifying their property.

Landscape design: The plan

As a landscape designer the first thing I ask my clients is about their budget – right away you need to know how much you want to spend on the project initially and long-term. Let me explain, when you undertake a landscape project it is important to know how much money you want to spend on the project when you are done putting everything in the ground (no pun intended).

Now for some people they plan to approach the project over a number of years and plan to allot “x” number of dollars per year. Other people may prefer to approach the project as a “one time shot”.

Either way, write those numbers down. That is your initial budget. If you have never gardened before you are going to need some tools – this can be a significant investment and worth buying the right tools the first time rather than replacing them year after year. Budget for these as well.

The Before- Here is a home before it was Landscaped

Landscaping budget

Now in terms of long-term landscaping budget, ask yourself –

  • Do you plan to plant annuals in your garden each year? Yes – that’s going to cost money each year so you need to budget for that.
  • Do you want to use city water to irrigate the gardens?  If so, that will impact your water bill so you will want to take that into account and if you don’t plan to water or want to reply on rain barrels you will want to consider plant materials that are more drought tolerant or native.
  • Do you plan to use decorative mulch in your beds? If so, this will need to be topped up every year or so to keep it looking fresh and to maintain its garden friendly properties.
  • You will also want to budget for regular maintenance costs such as fertilizers, etc.

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Needs vs. Wants

Once you have developed your budget, I suggest drawing up a list of “needs” and “wants“.  This is important because a lot of people get the two confused, especially when planning something as exciting as a new entertaining space and it is easy to blow through your budget with things you “want” while forgetting the things you “need”. Sure you might “want” that nice fountain but you really “need” a patio to accommodate your extended family on long weekend Backyard BBQ party.

It’s also important to determine what area of your property you want to landscape first – is your front yard the area that is most important to you (it may be if you are planning to sell in the near future or if the entrance is a safety hazard), or is the backyard the most important because it will be your “staycation” spot for summer weekends? Involve the entire family during this process, it can be a lot of fun coming up with ideas and searching out photos!

During this phase one of the biggest things I advise people to do, and not just because it is what I do but because I believe in it for any kind of project you might do, is to seek professional advice. By searching out the advice of a professional you are likely going to save yourself money. I know this might sound backwards, spending money to save money?

Listen to this – by spending the money to have a consultation or have a plan done by a professional who knows what plants will do best in a certain area (ie: in that dark, dry shady corner or beside the driveway where you pile your snow) or how to best design a patio around your windows and doors will ultimately save you both the time and the hassle of trial and error.

I have met people who have spent thousands of dollars on plant material only have it fail time and time again because they had planted it in the wrong space. A quick 1-1/2 consultation could have saved them some of that money and let them spend it on something else.

Landscaping home re-sale value

Landscaping is a great asset to your home and in many cases will retain its resale value more than a bathroom or kitchen renovation. Curb appeal is a big factor for a lot of people when they are looking at homes, so many people can’t see the potential of a home when the pull up and see nothing. Do you ever reading the listings for houses for sale? Notice they always mention the landscaping? It’s an important selling feature!

The project below is a simple front yard renovation that was completed in one day for a client. The clients had a budget that they wanted to stick to. By telling me their budget and meeting with me to discuss what they wanted to accomplish (give the house curb appeal without having to add annuals each year, wanted year round interest and some “feature” plants) I was able to take their budget and make it work for them – infact we came in UNDER budget and included all the features they wanted! The 2 hour consultation they had paid off as they weren’t left guessing which plants to select, and where the plants should be planted.

The AFTER- After landscaping, what an Impact to the home!

© Landscape Designs by Jodie Munshaw 2012

Contribution Post By: Jodie Munshaw is a Certified Landscape Designer providing her clients with custom landscape designs and garden consultation services that meet both their needs and their budgets. With over 15 years in the green industry, Jodie has worked on projects of many sizes and styles and works from Cottage Country through the GTA. Jodie shares her love of the industry by volunteering with the provincial landscape organization and teaching at Humber College.

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