The recent celebration of Earth Day is a great reminder to be environmentally conscious by recycling, using water efficiently, and landscaping economically.
One way to honor Mother Earth is to use her valuable resources productively. Growing flowers and vegetables in tiered gardens is a logical choice not only for small or difficult to plant areas, but to prevent erosion or dangerous mowing situations. If possible, let a professional build your project so you can go about the business of planting and enjoying your foliage as soon as possible. Once your tiered garden system is designed and produced, choosing the plants that work best is a step that’s equally important.
Following are some tips from the pros at HGTV for step or tiered gardens:
• Prepare Tiered Planting Beds
Unless you have experience in this type of work, a professional should build these beds because they must be safe and drain freely. Once built, line them with 4 in (10 cm) of gravel and fill with soil.
• Plant Up
Set out the plants in their pots to check that you are happy with the display. Make sure you arrange your plants in beds that are most likely to meet specific shade and sun requirements.
Plant each plant at the same depth as they were in their original pots, adding some granular fertilizer to the planting holes as you go. Water well, and feed the beds annually in spring.
Photo credit: Gardener's Supply Company
A favorite plant for step gardeners far and wide is strawberries. Gardener’s Supply Company offers tips on how to grow your own succulent, tasty berries that are unlike the ones we have become accustomed to from produce departments. One tip for success is to use Strawberry Supports, easy-to-install small plastic discs that raise the plants and berries off the ground making them easy to grow and harvest, especially during wet growing seasons. They even work well on established plants.
The types of plants that work well in tiered gardens are endless whether foliage, flowering annuals and perennials or food producing varieties. Contacting your local nursery is a great way to find out what works best in your particular climate.
With so many options in foliage and varieties to choose from, you’ll be off to a great start in creating a colorful, bounteous tiered garden in your own backyard – one step at a time.