Gardens, no matter the size or type, will add some fun to your yard. They can add some color and variety while also cutting down on the amount of mowing required. Plus by getting your kids involved, gardens can be an enjoyable activity and a learning experience for the entire family.
Herb GardenAn herb garden can be a great place to start if you're interested in growing your own food. Herbs are relatively easy to grow and don't require much space or effort. You can plant them in a small plot in your yard, or even in a pot inside the house. It can often be a good idea to get them started separately before transplanting them into either a plot or a container. A simple way to do this is to use toilet paper rolls, which can then be placed directly in the soil when the plants are ready to be transplanted since the rolls will naturally decompose.
Vegetable Garden: Growing vegetables in your own yard can help cut down on the cost of groceries, while also providing fresher, tastier food. If you don’t have the space in your yard for a vegetable garden, you can also get a plot in the City of Rogers Community Gardens. When starting a vegetable garden, it’s best to consider the size of your plot, which plants will thrive in your climate, and the vegetables that your family will eat the most. There are a number of good blogs and resources that can help you get started, such as Organic Gardening, You Grow Girl, or Skippy’s Vegetable Garden.
Rain Garden: A rain garden is strategically placed in your yard to collect rain water coming from your house and lawn. The rain garden is usually designed based on the flow of water from your house and downspouts from the house are generally redirected to the rain garden. One of the most important features of a rain garden is a shallow depression where the water gathers and is then infiltrated into the soil by the plants. Native prairie plants that have extensive root systems are the best options for rain gardens because they are able to absorb more water and help to filter out sediment, nutrients, and pollutants, and thus improve the quality of the rain water. Both Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb are great resources for the best plants to use and how to install a rain garden.