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3 Summer Gardening Trends We Love
Summer is upon us and there are so many great gardening trends happening this year that we couldn’t wait to start putting them in front of you! 

Garden Media Group released their annual consumer trends report for 2014 recently and the biggest take away is this:
“2014 is all about balance. People finally appreciate that being in nature and in the garden is true bliss. But now, they want the garden to do double duty: A Zen oasis and the social hub for entertaining,” says Katie Dubow of Garden Media

The other half of balance is that people want a beautiful home that is also environmentally sustainable which means using less resource intensive plants, using compost as fertilizer.

At Remodeling Central, we absolutely love this concept and are so excited to see it taking off with the general population. So we wanted to share a handful of tips that can help you create that beautiful oasis without being an eco-terrorist .

1: Use Local Indigenous Plant life

 

We obviously can’t tell you what the indigenous plant life in your area looks like but for us that includes creating our gardens with:

  • Pasque Flowers
  • White Wild Indigo
  • Canada Violet

and a whole host of other interesting and beautiful plants.

There are a few misconceptions about native plants and we do want to make sure that you’re aware of them. Just because they are indigenous doesn’t necessarily make them good for your yard. Poison Ivy is indigenous to the Chicago area but I certainly don’t want it in my garden!

Fermentation Gardens Are The New Chickens

 

We absolutely couldn’t be happier to hear that people are giving up on the noisey chicken coops and moving into fermentables. We also think hops look absolutely stunning and make a great vine for any garden lattice

Here are some other fermentables that can turn your garden into a victory beer garden

  • Barley
  • Malts like Crisp Maris Otter
  • A wide variety of different types of hops

Composting is Caring

 

The entire prospect of composting can be absolutely frightening to someone who has never done it before and there are a ton of questions: “Does it smell?” “Am I going to attract rats?” “Am I having a stroke? Why am I considering keeping garbage around?”

Next week we’ll go into details on composting but for now realize there are two kinds of composting passive and managed composting. We prefer managed composting as our neighbors really don’t want to see a pile of organic material growing larger every day in our backyard.

The basics of composting are this:

  1. Organic material breaks down and turns into rich nutrients that you’re ground and plants will absolutely love.
  2. The finer you chop and mix together your organics the faster you’ll produce your compost.
  3. Heat matters—if you want to check on the health of your compost you’ll need a compost thermometer

Look, we can't wait to see these amazing and sustainable gardens you guys are producing-- feel free to send us any pictures and you could be featured on RemodelingCentral.com!  (Won't your friends be jealous) 

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.