Many northern California gardeners have already started planting vegetables and herbs. But if you haven’t yet started, there is still plenty of time to plan your garden layout. Whether you want to start small by planting a few herbs on a window sill or go all out and plant enough tomatoes, carrots, green beans and corn to last all winter, there is no reason to not get started planning and using recycled and repurposed materials in this year’s garden.
The San Francisco Recycling Examiner has found lots of fun ways to incorporate recycled and repurposed materials into that plot of earth no matter how big or how small. Repurposed materials used in the garden are as close as the kitchen, the front yard, the thrift store and the junkyard. It all depends on the space you have available and the type of garden you want. The following links can provide tons of information and inspiration for your garden.
Live in an apartment or area where growing a garden just isn’t possible? Make sure to check the list at the bottom of this article for community gardens in places like San Francisco, Humboldt County, Camarillo and Sacramento!
- Most serious gardeners keep a year-round compost pile. If composting is something unfamiliar, check out Composting, good for the soil. Compost, made from household vegetable waste, grass clippings, and coffee filters and other items is essential to ensuring every garden is planted in nutrient-rich soil.
- Plastic, gallon-sized milk jugs are ideal for protecting tomato plants, storing compost/fertilizer tea and making into bird feeders.
- Old mop buckets or large plastic paint buckets work well for plants like potatoes, garlic and onions. Use as-is or paint the outsides festive colors.
- Wine bottles, colorful and sun-catching, make great borders for the flower or vegetable garden.
Types of gardens
- Herb gardens can be large or small depending on the variety of herbs you use and the space you have to work with. There are Soda Bottle Herb Gardens, Mini Indoor Herb Gardens, Tin Can Herb Gardens, and Outdoor Spiral Herb Gardens.
- Flower gardens are a source of pride for many gardeners. Some plant Butterfly Gardens, Wildflower Gardens, or Cutting Gardens. Whatever type of flower garden is planted, recycling and repurposing is right at home here as well.
- Vegetable gardens have been around forever and have sustained generations of both country and city dwellers. There are Large Scale Gardens, Raised Bed Gardens, and Indoor Gardens.
Want to plant a garden but don’t have the space? Locate a community garden in your part of northern California!
- San Francisco Community Gardens
- Silicon Valley Community Gardens
- Humboldt County Community Gardens
- Mendocino Community Gardens
- Camarillo Community Gardens
- Sacramento Community Gardens
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