An Itchy Green Thumb - 5 Great Gardening Sites

If you are thinking about spring, and creating spring magic in your backyard, you aren’t alone. I’ve been raking and tidying up after work for the past week now, thinking about all the possibilities that warm weather can bring. Of course, being cooped up inside for the past 5 months has only brought on the creative landscaping desires even stronger this year.

First things first - a quick Google search on landscaping ideas produced a plethora of options. Of course, I was digging in the weeds for articles that were *real* and not just teasers for pro landscapers. HGTV has a *very* good Landscaping section. I especially like their article on Creating Rhythm in the Garden.

Better Homes and Gardens has Edible Landscaping Ideas. Which makes sense, considering the push to create more *green* sustainability in subdivisions. :-) I love the idea of vegetables, without the *rigidity* of an obvious vegetable garden.

I never thought I’d say it, but Home Depot has a decent section on container gardening, and creating your own hanging baskets.

One of the trends being pulled into suburban Toronto is a reduction in gas powered mower usage. You can either go out and trade in your gas powered mower for a push mower, or the alternative is to reduce the amount of grass you actually need to cut - that’s the direction I’m leaning in right now. Landscaping Ideas Online has some very neat samples of alternatives to grass.

Last but not least, you need a place to dream about plants. Humber Nurseries has a very comprehensive online presence to build your wishlist from.

Here’s to reducing the itchiness in your own green thumb.

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