1. Wooden plant markers are a great way to keep track of your seedlings and transplants. They look fresh and neat and can be used from season to season.
  2. If wooden markers are too boring, try making signs from polymer clay and armature wire, old silver spoons or smooth stones, labeling with paint pens or markers. 
  3. Recycled glass cloches make interesting decorative accents for a garden. They are mini terrariums that hold in heat and humidity that, in turn, acts as a watering system.
  4. Natural materials make stylish supports. Use strong branches to hold up tomato plants. Bind them together with natural roping instead of nails, which can pull apart over time, for a sturdy, less expensive support.
  5. A tipi-style support allows for increased air circulation, helping with weeds. Lifting vines off the ground keeps them safe from low-lying pests and less susceptible to mildew. 
  6. Catch your rainwater by placing a bowl, basin or pot in a corner of your yard to collect water. Rainwater is better for a garden than chlorinated tap water, and it also saves money. Plus, you reduce the amount of water that heads into the local storm sewers, gathering chemicals and oils along the way.
  7. Choosing plants that are native to your area will assure thriving results. They are accustomed to the length of the growing season and have adapted to the temperature range as well as the local pests. 
  8. Evergreens added as backdrops in border gardens are a beautiful way to green your landscape. They create privacy and shade for the plants around them, and the vast roots hold soil-eliminating erosion and run-off.
  9. Creating resting spots within the garden can cut down on grass and lawn area. Benches and seating areas set on patios or stone walkways invite company. Evergreen shrubs that require little care such as rhododendrons can give a garden an added punch of color.
  10. Decorative accents give a garden personality. Reflective balls, bird baths, benches, stone animals and concrete figures add a bit of whimsy to the garden, take up space and require no care. 
  11. Groundcovers are attractive ways to anchor a border garden, as they will fill in quickly and help define the space.
  12. Wildflowers are a great way to start a new flower garden. They come in a wide variety of mixes and colors . 
  13. Greening your garden with natural fertilizers such as chicken manure or tea made from compost make for a kid-friendly space. It’s safer and fun for the kids to dig and play in.
  14. Add a punch of bright summer color by planting flowers in one color family. Bright Nicotianas, golden marigolds and black-eyed Susans planted in a stepped pattern make a golden garden shine.

    Source: ivillage.com 

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