Some tips from a lifelong gardener

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In a feature from Monterey County Weekly, Yani Azevedo from Monterey, California claims that she has probably been gardening ever since she was able to carry rocks. This interest sparked from grandfather and mother who both have an inclination in gardening. 

Like her mother, Azevedo also follows an “English style” which emphasizes colorful flowers and adds structure with lawns and hedges. 

Although she has gained some experience in gardening, she admits that she has a lot more to learn before she masters it. Still, this didn’t stop her from giving some advice to those who want to add a little green to their lives. Here are some of her suggestions:

1. Observe the space

Whether it’s hectares or just a few feet, Azevedo says that there’s always room for greenery. She suggests that before you buy plants or seeds, identify the places in your house or yard that get the most sun, and if the soil is feasible to grow greens. 

2. Food can be medicine 

Starting an herb garden on a windowsill is a good project for both beginner and experienced gardeners. Not only will they have culinary benefits, but they can also take advantage of the medicinal properties of these herbs. Azevedo recommends starting with easy-to-grow herbs like sage and oregano. 

3. Companion planting

There’s a native American planting technique which they call the “three sisters.” This practice takes corn, beans, and squash and plants them in close proximity to the other because they each have specific functions in helping each other grow. While this principle has been passed down from generation to generation, gardeners can experiment with their plants and see which ones grow well together. 

4. Think about form and function

For those who plan on adding a little flair to their garden, Azevedo suggests finding the right materials to fit the space and can assist the plants growing in the space. For example, a simple piece of wood is natural, practical, accents the greenery, and can serve as a medium for climbing plants.

5. Start small

Beginning with one small pot is still considered as gardening, according to Azevedo. Starting is not always easy but she says that it’s best to seek help from already experienced growers rather than pretending to be an expert. This way, no plants will be harmed and the gardener can slowly gain both knowledge and experience plus the satisfaction of being able to grow a garden. 

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